It’s always fun to plumb our e-mail bag, and respond directly with our readers. As it so happens, our e-mail runneth over of late so here’s a sampling of our latest round of missives.
Joan Chandler responded to our Dec. 11, 2014 blog, ‘TYRONE POWER: Man, Myth & Movie Idol, pegged to an exhibition mounted last year by The Hollywood Museum, which billed the event as “the nation’s largest exhibit of authentic memorabilia honoring Power’s life.”
On display were some fascinating items: Power’s personal scripts from several of his best known movies including 1946’s The Razor’s Edge and 1941’s Blood and Sand; costumes the actor wore in 1940’s The Mark of Zorro and 1947’s Captain From Castile; and a rich selection of many photographs covering Power’s career and private life.
The memorabilia was assembled from the private collections of several individuals including three of Power’s four children, Tyrone Jr. (the senior Power was born Tyrone Edmund Power Jr. but dropped the “Jr,” thus his son is Ty Jr.), Taryn and Romina.
But here’s what Joan says:
Hello, what a great site. Lots of fun.
I looked up Tyrone Power and was thrilled that you mentioned the Hollywood Museum exhibit. I was invited to the opening, and it was amazing.
However, Power’s three children contributed very little to it.
The main contributors were Debbie Beno (my friend) and Maria Ciaccia. I believe she appears on both Power box sets in the special features. Debbie also collects on Carole Lombard and Alan Ladd, and costume sketches. She has many costumes from several movies, not necessarily of just those actors. Some are on display in a huge glass case in her home.
How ’bout an exhibition dedicated to Ladd memorabilia, Joan?
We received an e-mail about another of Hollywood’s classic actors in response to our Oct. 26, 2015 blog, FINALLY — A Quiz on WILLIAM POWELL. Reader CC writes:
So true about him (Powell) expressing 1930s cinema more than bigger names. He was and really should be better remembered, because he was an outstanding talent. He was greatly loved and well respected in the Hollywood community and a fascinating person, this old fashioned, well mannered, modest and private gentleman had such wicked humor and wit and could be a bit kooky. Such a great combination for a great and interesting man.
In response to our Sept. 24, 2015 blog extolling solid performances from less than A-list names (Let’s Hear It For — ‘Working Actors’), Andreas Tucholsky writes:
“Sometimes a Great Notion” is a very fine film and (Richard) Jaeckel’s death scene stuck into my mind for years long after I forgot the whole story of the film.
I was surprised that you did not mention Charles McGraw’s best known movie “Narrow Margin” from 1952 with Marie Windsor. A must-watch.
We are HUGE fans of McGraw, Andreas, and have published many blogs about him. His teaming with Windsor is covered in many of the blogs, notably in March 2, 2012’s Charles McGraw — Toughest FILM NOIR Tough Guy. Why not check them out.
Finally, this from Daniel White, who isn’t a Jane Wyman fan:
Though I love a great many film actresses Jane Wyman (featured in our March 15 Monday Quiz) was never one of them. I saw Barbara Stanwyck in (the 1946 romantic drama) ‘My Reputation’ yesterday and was blown away. I guess different strokes…