Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple Black (born April 23, 1928),

 

is an American film and television actress, singer, dancer, autobiographer, and former U.S. Ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia. She began her film career in 1932 at the age of four (thought by the public to be three) and in 1934, skyrocketed to superstardom in Bright Eyes, a feature film designed specifically for her talents.

She received a special Academy Award in February 1935, and film hits such as Curly Top and Heidi followed year after year during the mid to late 1930s.

 

Licensed merchandise that capitalized on her wholesome image included dolls, dishes, and clothing.

 

Her box office popularity waned as she reached adolescence, and she left the film industry at the age of 12 to attend high school. She appeared in a few films of varying quality in her mid to late teens, and retired completely from films in 1950 at the age of 22. She was the top box-office draw four years in a row (1935–38) in a Motion Picture Herald poll

 

Temple returned to show business in 1958 with a two-season television anthology series of fairy tale adaptations. She made guest appearances on various television shows in the early 1960s and filmed a sitcom pilot that was never released. She sat on the boards of many corporations and organizations including The Walt Disney Company, Del Monte Foods, and the National Wildlife Federation. In 1967, she ran unsuccessfully for United States Congress, and was appointed United States Ambassador to Ghana in 1974 and to Czechoslovakia in 1989. In 1988, she published her autobiography, Child Star. Temple is the recipient of many awards and honors including Kennedy Center Honors and a Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

 

Temple’s hand and foot prints at Grauman’s Chinese Theater

Her famouse song “cuppycake”

 

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The Pink Panther (Films)

The Pink Panther is a series of comedy films featuring the bungling French police detective Jacques Clouseau that began in 1963 with the release of the film of the same name. The role was originated by, and is most closely associated with, Peter Sellers. Most of the films were directed and co-written by Blake Edwards, with notable theme music composed by Henry Mancini.

As of 2009, eleven Pink Panther films have been made:

Pink Panther films
Film Year Notes
The Pink Panther 1963 Although centered on David Niven, Peter Sellers was so popular that the resulting series would be built on Clouseau rather than the Phantom/Sir Charles Lytton.
A Shot in the Dark 1964 Released less than a year after The Pink Panther, Clouseau returns to bumble his way through a murder investigation. This also marks the first appearance of both Herbert Lom’s Dreyfus and Burt Kwouk’s Cato.
Inspector Clouseau 1968 This film stars Alan Arkin as Clouseau, and does not have any other recurring characters (Dreyfus, Cato, the Phantom, etc.) from the rest of the series. Although produced by the Mirisch Corporation, Peter Sellers, Blake Edwards and Henry Mancini were not involved in the making of this film.
The Return of the Pink Panther 1975 Not only does this mark the return of the famous “Pink Panther” diamond, but also the successful return of Peter Sellers as Clouseau (along with Edwards, Mancini, Dreyfus, and Cato). Sir Charles Lytton is portrayed by Christopher Plummer.
The Pink Panther Strikes Again 1976 Dreyfus’ insanity reaches a pinnacle, as he tries to intimidate the rest of the world into killing Clouseau.
Revenge of the Pink Panther 1978 This film pits Clouseau against the French Connection. This is the last film for which Sellers played Clouseau; he died two years after its release.
Trail of the Pink Panther 1982 Features Peter Sellers as Clouseau using unused material from Strikes Again, this was intended as a tribute to Sellers, but after its release, Sellers’ widow Lynne Frederick successfully sued Edwards and the studio for tarnishing her late husband’s memory. David Niven and Capucine reprise their original roles.
Curse of the Pink Panther 1983 Inspector Clouseau and The Pink Panther diamond, both of which had gone missing in Trail, are pursued by the bumbling American detective, Clifton Sleigh (Ted Wass). Clouseau returns in an amusing cameo played by an uncredited Roger Moore after having plastic surgery to disguise his identity. Although intended to spawn a new series of misadventures for Sergeant Sleigh, the film’s dismal box office performance and critical drubbing led to a Panther hibernation for the next decade.
Son of the Pink Panther 1993 Roberto Benigni tries to revive the series by portraying Gendarme Jacques Gambrelli, Inspector Clouseau’s illegitimate son by Maria Gambrelli (the murder suspect from A Shot in the Dark). Once again, many former Panther co-stars return. Although intended to relaunch the series with a new lovable bumbling hero, Son became the final installment in the original Panther series.
The Pink Panther 2006 This relaunches a new Pink Panther series starring Steve Martin as Inspector Clouseau and Kevin Kline as Chief Inspector Dreyfus. Not a remake of the original film, this forms a new starting point for a contemporary series, introducing the Clouseau and Dreyfus characters along with the famous diamond to a new generation.
The Pink Panther 2 2009 The sequel to Steve Martin’s 2006 film. Martin reprises his role, but John Cleese replaces Kevin Kline as Chief Inspector Dreyfus.

Despite its use in the titles of most of the films of the series, the “Pink Panther” is not the Clouseau character, but a large and valuable pink diamond which is first shown in the first film in the series. he phrase reappears in the title of the fourth film, The Return of the Pink Panther, in which the theft of the diamond is again the center of the plot; that film also marked the return of Sellers to the role after a gap of ten years, which may have contributed to some confusion between the character and the diamond. The phrase has been used for all the subsequent films in the series, even when the jewel does not figure into the plot (the diamond has only appeared in six of the eleven films in the series).

The first film in the series had an animated opening sequence, created by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and set to the theme music by Henry Mancini, which featured the Pink Panther character. This character, designed by Hawley Pratt, was subsequently the subject of its own series of animated cartoons which gained its greatest fame when aired on Saturday mornings as The Pink Panther Show. The character would be featured in the opening of every film in the movie series except A Shot in the Dark and Inspector Clouseau.

Happy 122 Mr Charlie Chaplin

See more old posts in my blog about Mr Charlie Chaplin here https://back2retro.wordpress.com/?s=charlie+chaplin

Movie of the night: Wheels On Meals

This is a 1984 Hong Kong martial arts action film written and directed by Sammo Hung. Film starring Hung, Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao.

Enjoy it

Movie of the night

Watch one of my fav movies ” JENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES” for Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe

Enjoy

Movie of the night

 Monkey Business is a 1931 comedy film.

It is the third of the Marx Brothers’ movies and the first not to be an adaptation of one of their Broadway shows. The film stars the four brothers: Groucho Marx, Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, and Zeppo Marx, and screen comedienne Thelma Todd.I saw this funny movie before and I couldn’t stop laughing, you really have to see it.

Start watching the movie here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPoEHDQZqcQ and continue with other parts in the right side of the page.. enjoy

Funny Girl

I saw this movie more than 3 times during one year. And If I have a chance to watch it again why not?!

Barbara Striesand is a comprehensive actress. She can sing, dance, performe, make you laugh, cry and live the events of the story. I noticed that after watching three old movies for her: Funny girl, Funny lady and The way we were.

For this post I’m just going to write in brief about Funny Girl Film.

Funny Girl is a 1968 American musical film directed by William Wyler.

Starring: Barbra Streisand- Omar AL Sheref.

Story: The life of comedienne Fannie Brice, from her early days in the Jewish slums of the Lower East Side, to the height of her career with the Ziegfeld Follies, including her marriage to and eventual divorce from her first husband, Nick Arnstein.

The trailer of the movie

The unfinished film of Marilyn Monroe

Something’s Got to Give is an unfinished 1962 American feature film, directed by George Cukor and starring Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin and Cyd Charisse.

 A remake of My Favorite Wife (1940), a screwball comedy starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, it was Monroe’s last work; from the beginning its production was disrupted by her personal troubles, and after her death on August 5, 1962 the film was abandoned. Most of its completed footage remained unseen for many years.

The Last scene

Clap For Charlie Chaplin

The comedien most known actor Charlie Chaplin was telling his speech that talk about peace.. here

Shaking the Blues Away

Love Me or Leave Me is a 1955 biographical film which tells the life story of Ruth Etting, a singer who rose from dancer to movie star. Starring Doris Day

 

Honestly, I didn’t see this movie before, but I  saw the beautiful performance of Shaking the Blues Away song.. you really have to see it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5lWaGqz8s4

 

Old Movies

Thing that make me love the old movies that they were complete from all the sides. You can see beautiful performance, interesting dances and amazing songs.. Movies like: Funny lady, Jentelmen prefer blondes, Cover Girl and many others are deserve your time to watch it ” in youtube ofcourse” because you can’t find it in kuwait stores..

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