Time to dip into our email bag and catch up on the latest reader correspondence.

Rita Gold illustrates the tried and true practice of accidentally discovering something you are really looking for while you are searching for something else.

In responding to our July 31 blog, Strange Bedfellows — which features photos of odd celebrity couples, none of which include actor George Sanders — Rita discovered that Classic Movie Chat has written a lot about Sanders over the years (because we like the guy). There he is above with ex-wife Zsa Zsa Gabor.

I just stumbled onto your web site while looking up info on George Sanders ( just finished Brian Aherne’s great book about him). I have been sitting here for the last hour reading. What a great find. Thanks so much for all your effort.

Our pleasure.  By the way, Rita, we haven’t yet read fellow British actor Aherne’s 1979 memoir, A Dreadful Man: A Personal Intimate Book About George Sanders. Despite that provocative title, Aherne and Sanders were fast friends in Hollywood’s British diaspora. Anyway, your mention whets our appetite.  Time to track down Aherne’s tome.

Reader Phil emails about the following mention made of Rebecca Welles in our April 13, 2012 blog, Leave Me Out Of The Limelight, about the progeny of stars who prefer anonymity to the fame of their parents.

“The first who comes to mind is Rebecca Welles, daughter of Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth. Rebecca, with her half sister Yasmine (the daughter of Rita and Aly Khan), spent her childhood in the limelight with her mother, but as soon as she could she disappeared from public view, and led a quiet life, until her untimely death in 2004.”

Phil asks:  But how did Rebecca die?

The honest answer is that we don’t know, Phil.  Her obituary in the Tacoma (Washington) News Tribune notes that she died there in Oct. 2004, but lists no cause of death.  Welles was 60. Can anyone out there help us out on this point?

Finally Jeff Woodman give us his explanation for why Forbidden Planet has become an enduring sci-fi classic, which mystifies us. In our Sept. 25 blog, we wrote:

“This 1956 MGM outing, in color and Cinemascope, seems to fit our description of a classic film — that is, today’s movie fans seem to enjoy the film as much its original audiences. Our question today is: why?” Here’s what Jeff writes:

I find the matte work when (the movie’s star Walter) Pidgeon shows the astronauts what he’s built beneath the planet’s surface truly jaw dropping, and it must have been even more gasp-inducing on big screens at the time.

The main pleasure I derive from ‘Forbidden Planet’ today is it’s sly use of the Shakespeare’s characters and plot. Taken as “The Tempest In Outer Space” it’s really quite satisfying.


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