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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 …

Clubbs Junior High School Cheerleaders 1956 …

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I thought that I would post a couple of photos that I have been sitting on for years and just never got around to doing anything with them.  I ran across the scans of the negatives just the other day and they were in good shape and they would not take a lot of Photoshop work to get them ready to post so here they are.  As usual I have no clue who any of the girls are in the photo, but I have a good friend who’s sister went to Clubbs during this period and I know that she can identify a few of the girls in the photo if not all of them.  I have more of this same group of cheerleaders that I will get ready and post later.  How many of you out there can remember a good old Clubbs cheer?  I wish that I could find some action sports shots, but all that I have run across are team photos.  If anyone out there has any photos from the football, baseball or basketball games, let me know.  I would be interested in scanning them to post on the blog.  Also, any PHS sports teams in action would be something that I am interested in seeing.  I found some basketball action photos against PHS and Escambia when Coach Beck was coach at PHS.  I will find them and post them in the near future.  One more thing, if anyone out there has any photos of the PHS teams in action let me know, especially the football teams of the 1950’s and 1960’s.  My father went to every home game during those years and I know that he was on the side-lines making photos for the yearbook.  If anyone out there has any of these old photos, pleas let me know because I would be interested in seeing them.  Everything that he had from this era was lost in the fire of 1975.   Here is one more of the cheerleaders …

 

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Thanks again for looking and if anyone has any of the photos mentioned above, contact me through this blog.  I have connected these blogs with Facebook in hopes of getting more viewers  and it has helped somewhat in getting me some new readers.  However, I rarely ever go and check my messages on Facebook.  If you have a comment or want to send me a message, please do it through either one of my blogs.  Thanks for looking and please let me hear from you … Frank

 

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