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HERB JEFFRIES — The ‘Bronze Buckaroo’

HERB JEFFRIES — The ‘Bronze Buckaroo’

We usually associate singing movie cowboys with such luminaries Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Ken Maynard, and Tex Ritter. Herb Jeffries (pictured above and in costume below) isn’t thought of that way. Yet he was exactly that. Jeffries is considered America’s first black singing cowboy. Depending on the source, he was born Umberto Alexander Valentino in Detroit either in 1909, 1911, 1913 or […]

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A Look at MICHAEL CAINE

A Look at MICHAEL CAINE

  Let’s start with this question:  is he a better writer than actor? We’re talking about Sir Michael Caine, the veteran British screen star who has written two excellent books about himself.  The first, a great read, is titled (naturally enough) What’s It All About, and came out 22 years ago.  A second combination memoir-autobiography was published in […]

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Was MAURICE CHEVALIER a Nazi Collaborato...

Was MAURICE CHEVALIER a Nazi Collaborator?

Few periods in history have prompted more Monday-morning-quarterbacking than the Nazi occupation of France from 1940 through the summer of 1944.  The French, of course, were (and remain) obsessed with this difficult time. One interesting upshot is that French star Maurice Chevalier, the gregarious song and dance man who won the hearts of Americans in two moviemaking […]

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