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Miss Kitty and Gunsmoke …

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Recently on EBay, I ran across some publicity photos taken of the actors from the tv show ” Gunsmoke “.  My father had taken photos of Amanda Blake ” Miss Kitty ” and Milburn Stone ” Doc ” two characters from Gunsmoke.  I have posted those photos in earlier posts, but I have never posted any of them in their show costumes.  I saw these photos of them on EBay and decided to purchase them them to post on this blog.  They were photographs and not the printed publicity photos that are so commonly used in these mass printings for handouts at tapings, shows, etc.  They are nothing really special and they were inexpensive … I guess Doc and Kitty were not the John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara of their day.  Here is a photo that my father made of Amanda Blake when she was at the TownHouse Motor Lodge in Pensacola Florida …



I have a photo of Milburn Stone that my father made somewhere, but I could not locate it when I was putting the photos for this post together.  When I come across it I will add them to the post later.  Here are a few more Gunsmoke publicity photos …





I have been looking on EBay recently for any photos that go along with the photos of my father’s that I think people might be interested in.  Since most of the celebrities that he photographed were popular in the 1950′, 60’s and 70’s, a lot of blog readers might not have a clue who any of these people / celebrities were back then.  If anyone remembered meeting Amanda Blake or Milburn Stone when they came to Pensacola back in the 1950’s for the Fiesta, we would enjoy hearing your stories.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank




Maureen O’Hara and Dan Dailey Arriving in Pensacola Florida …

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Dan Dailey and Maureen O’Hara are shown arriving at the Pensacola Airport.  They were here in Pensacola to film a movie with John Wayne, Wings of Eagles , in 1956.  I had posted this image on the other blog site that I had of my father’s images five or six years ago and had hoped that some locals who were around when they were in town making the movie would have made a comment, but no one ever did.  Maybe this time around it might jar someone’s memory and I will get a few comments.  I have often wondered who the guy is that looks like he is directing everyone … maybe he is someone that the airport hired and dressed up to give a more “Hollywood” / “Los Angles” appeal to the movie stars.  Also, the look on the little lady’s face watching all of this is priceless … you wonder what is running through her mind as she is watching this production.

The lady who runs Maureen O’Hara’s blog, Ms June Beck, saw my first post and graciously sent me a photo that some Navy photographer had made of John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara and members of the movie out on the Pensacola Naval Air Station.  Here is the photo along with Ms Beck’s notation of the crew members and their relationship to the actors …

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“On the running board is stuntman “Good” Chuck Hayward (that was his nickname) and, of course Maureen and Duke…then just to our right of Duke’s cap is “Bad” Chuck Roberson (John Wayne’s stunt double for over 30 years and a good actor himself).  Roberson has a great book he published in the 1980’s called “The Fall Guy” that is absolutely great if you can find it – all about the stuntman’s colorful life.  To our left of Duke’s cap is Ken Curtis, who was in many of Ford’s movies.  He was an excellent singer and musician as well.  Don’t know the name of the guy in the uniform – but he’s a redhead I’ve also seen in a lot of Ford’s films as an extra, etc.” … June Beck


That was very nice of Ms Beck to send the photo to me and to take the time to write the copy identifying all of the individuals in the photo.  The guy in uniform in the back is very familiar, but I could not put a name to him.  I went on the IMDb site, but could not match a name to the face.  For some unknown reason, I picture him playing a German in some of the old WW II movies.  The man that Ms Beck mentioned named Ken Curtis played Festus in Gunsmoke – now I know that everyone knows Festus.  If anyone has any memories of these actors or of Ms O’Hara being in Pensacola, please feel free to share them with us.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

Several more things …. If the people out at the Pensacola International Airport decide to dress someone up a tux / dinner jacket as a greeter to all of the incoming flights at the airport, please give me credit for the idea and not to anyone down at City Hall.  I can use all of the free publicity that I can get.  Also, I went back and added a link to IMDb for Ken Curtis ” Festus ” after I read his bio.  I am trying to give the readers some more information that what little I know or have on these photos in future posts.  I do not know if it will get me any more viewers or readers, but at least you will be ready with some new trivia when Jeopardy comes on the tube, I mean TV.  Thanks again for looking …

Douglas Fairbanks ….

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Here lies the resting place of one of America’s most famous swashbucklers … Douglas Fairbanks.  The Thief of Bagdad, Robin Hood and  too many more to mention.  This is a link to his Wikipedia site and you can read all about him here.  He died in 1939, so no telling how much this cost back then, but I am impressed and I have never been here!  I ran across more negatives from his trips out west and will be posting more in the near future.  If you want to share your Douglas Fairbanks memories, please feel free.  I love a good Fairbanks story as well as the next person … Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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January 29, 2015 at 9:40 am

California Bungalow …

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I have found some more negatives recently from one of my father’s trips out to California in the 1940’s and 50’s to visit his sister, Lucille.  I have no idea about the history behind these two images, other than the fact that they were made somewhere in California … could be Los Angeles, maybe Modesto … who knows.  But it looks like the type of place that you would find Humphrey Bogart walking out of after received a call in the middle of the night from an unknown stranger that said he would find a blond hair starlet lying dead across the bed if he went to this bungalow off of Sunset Boulevard.  I guess that I have read too many detective novels or have seen too many black and white films form the 1950’s.  Here is one more view …

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Maybe someone out there might recognize where this is … I have really been surprised of all of the people from Modesto California that have viewed this site and commented about certain areas in the past.  This place just looks like a generic photo of a California motel / apartment from the 1950’s, so I do know really expect much.  I is just fun to speculate and imagine some story behind these old photographs.  Thanks for looking and please check back … Frank

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January 26, 2014 at 11:25 am

Rodolfo Guglielmi Valentino …

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You knew him as Rudolf Valentino … this is where he is enshrined at Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles.  I have had this negative laying around for a while and could not decide if I should post it or not, but I just figured why not?  If it upsets anyone, I can always take it down.  I wish that I some type of interesting story to accompany this image … give me some time and I will come up with something.  Thanks for looking … Frank

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October 8, 2012 at 6:53 pm

LA Coliseum …

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This is the LA Coliseum back in the 1950’s.  It is hard to believe all of the historical events that this place has held … the first Super Bowl, political rallies, the Olympics and the list could go on and on …

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April 4, 2012 at 10:45 am

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Los Angeles City Hall …

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This image of the City Hall in Los Angeles was made back in the 1940’s, on one of my dad’s trips out west to visit his sister who was a nurse in Los Angeles.  I still have a few of these negatives from his trips out west that I plan on posting in the future.  An interesting side note about this building … if you travel to Baton Rouge Louisiana,  you will see a building similar to this structure.  Governor Huey Long had been out to LA and was so fascinated with this building that he built an exact replica for the state capital in Baton Rouge.  But the more remarkable thing was that he built the Louisiana Capital building in less that two years!  I picked up a flyer telling about the history of the building that I will find and post some more info later.  Thanks for looking …

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February 12, 2012 at 9:52 am

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Los Angeles in the 1950’s …

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Here are several photos my father made out in Los Angeles back in the 1950’s … the first two are of the Hollywood Bowl.  The image above is pretty much a straight image, except with the Photoshop work to clean it up.  The one below has been run through several filters to add contrast and to give it a distressed look, along with the Photoshop work.

I personally like the second one better.  It is hard to imagine all the people that have played here from Elton John to the Beach Boys to Frank Sinatra.  I am sure that it looks a lot different today than when these were made, some fifty years ago.  The photo below is some building in LA, I am thinking maybe a hospital, since that is where my father’s sister worked as a nurse.  If you know, please share it with us …

It is pretty obvious that I did some work on this image – the brown tone, a little texture screen was added and I burned in the corners in Photoshop.  Like I said earlier, I do not know what this building is, but I think that it could be a hospital in LA, maybe Cedars of Lebanon ( not sure of the exact name, but it is something along that line ).   I am waiting for Humphrey Bogart or some other screen star to walk into the frame.  As usual, all comments are welcomed … thanks again for looking.  I am going to make a better effort to post more often, since I have so many images that I have worked up.  One more thing – HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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January 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Forest Lawn Cemetary in Los Angeles …

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This is a new post.  I ran across this when the site was shut down and worked it up.  I have several other views from here that I will post later when I get them worked up.  Not sure what the buildings in the background are … I do have Rudolph Valentino’s site in a mausoleum that is an interesting photograph.  Be back later!

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June 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Posted in Los Angeles

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