Saturday, July 25, 2015

National Day of the Cowboy 2015 :)

Howdy Partners!

Since today is the 11th annual National Day of the Cowboy, I thought it would be a great time to share some portraits of Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick which I've scanned from slides in the Kellection.

Now, some purists might quibble that Bart is a gambler, not a cowboy. But, if you ask me, he sure looks like a cowboy here:

And, here:

And, definitely here:

So, does Bart Maverick also qualify as a cowboy? You bet! ;)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"Plumbing" The Depths of the Kellection! :)


Have you ever looked for one thing and ended up finding another?

I can't tell you how many times I've started to look for something--either online or offline--and then gotten distracted by something else I discover. For example, I was combing through the Kellection for research material for upcoming TDS posts when I found a pair of negatives in a protective sleeve.

I held the negatives up to the light and instantly remembered them. I had purchased them some time ago but put them aside because my aging scanner didn't do negatives. However, I have a new scanner now and am positively thrilled to be able to share these "before he was Bart" images of Jack Kelly with you. (Aren't you glad I got distracted?)

JK seems to be in a real "fix" here! This is a scene from "Just Across the Street", an episode of Lux Video Theatre which originally aired on January 10, 1957. The plot: To help support her father (Cecil Kellaway), a young woman (Julie Adams) pretends to be a socialite and gets a job as a plumber's helper. Actually, I don't know how much help she can be in that dress and those heels--maybe she can borrow some coveralls from Josephine the Plumber! And, maybe JK (who plays a character named "Fred Newcombe") should just call Roto-Rooter before he hurts himself.  :)

Here's another cute scene from "Just Across the Street". That's the sprightly Mr. Kellaway photobombing JK!

Julie Adams would meet up again with Jack Kelly in two episodes of Maverick ("The White Widow" and "The Brasada Spur"). Her husband at the time, Ray Danton, would also star opposite JK in Maverick (the episode "State of Siege") and in the feature films A Fever in the Blood and FBI Code 98. Ms. Adams is still active today.

More info: According to TV Guide, "Just Across the Street" was broadcast in color (although few viewers had color sets at the time) and was based on a 1952 film with the same title starring Ann Sheridan and John Lund. Cecil Kellaway also played the father in that version.

Hmm...I wonder if this show will ever be available on DVD? I wonder what else neato I can find in the Kellection? Oh-oh! Getting distracted again...better get back to work! :)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Tee Time Pt. III - A Father's Day Finale and Coming Attractions! :)

Happy Father's Day to All Daddies!

I couldn't think of a better day to wrap up our look at Jack Kelly and golf, what with lots of pops getting new clubs for Dad's Day and the U.S. Open in full "swing".

JK participated in many celebrity golf tournaments over the years. Below is a terrific photo from one such event. A handwritten note on the back of the photo says, "Bill D. and Jack Kelly - Celebrity Golf 1964". (If anyone can provide more info about this pic, please let me know!)

And, here's another great glimpse of JK in golfing togs. This color image was scanned from a vintage transparency which came with a bunch of other celebrity slides I purchased some time ago. I don't know when or where this was snapped, but I love JK's tousled hair!  And, as far as I know, this slide has never been published--until now. :)

  • Bon Appetit, JK!
  • All the world's a stage--especially when Jack Kelly is the star!
  • And more--stay tuned! :)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tee Time! (Pt. ll)

Time to tee off with JK!

Yep, that's JK practicing on the set of Maverick for the Bing Crosby Golf Tournament which would take place on Sunday, January 22, 1961. Just look at that concentration, that stance, that dark outfit--why, JK is a veritable Gary Player in cowboy boots! :)

Here we have a funsome foursome consisting of JK, his golf instructor/occasional Maverick actor Art Stuart, wife Donna Kelly, and a poodle. (Not to be confused with a puddle, which is
 what JK is hitting from.)
Time to go home! Donna lends a shoulder as JK checks his score. (And they'd better watch out for that giant golf ball behind them!)
Another day, another 18 holes. Here, Donna watches as JK pencils in his score at the Rogers Sports Center in the
 San Fernando Valley near Chatsworth, CA.
By the way, that's "Rogers" as in Roy Rogers. The "King of the Cowboys" was
 part-owner of this sports center,
which also contained a skeet-shooting range.
NEXT TIME: More golfing fun with JK! :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tee Time! (Pt. I) :)

Hello Everyone!

Not so long ago, the game of golf seemed to be losing its grip on the American public after years of enduring popularity.

Tiger Woods' phenomenal career crashed and burned; casual duffers lost interest in the game; once-thriving country clubs were repurposed into housing developments.

But, thanks to a pack of bold young Tiger cubs such as Rory McIroy, Justin Spieth and Rickie Fowler, interest in golf is on the upswing again. Even Woods himself is making a comeback.

So, what better time to look back at Jack Kelly's love of the links.

First, some stats:

According to an early 1960's-era article I found in a Golfer's Digest anthology which belonged to my dad, JK had a 14 handicap. He's described as an "excellent golfer" with "a number of low net trophies on his mantle at home to prove his ability."

JK explained to the writer why he enjoyed golf so much: "I like the exercise and the chance to meet people, and when things go wrong I don't get upset. The game is just fun for me."

The writer continued, "Jack is in heavy demand for movies and TV but when not working he likes to get out on the links every day. Even when working, he makes it Saturdays and Sundays. His preference is to play with as many different people as he can. For company--('not her game')--he likes to take along his wife, Donna (professional name May Wynn). He does most of his playing at Lakeside Country Club in Hollywood, or one of the Palm Springs courses."

The Maverick soundstage also became a makeshift practice green for JK. An October 9, 1960, story in the Buffalo NY Courier Express stated, "Art Stuart, a Los Angeles golf professional who helps Jack Kelly with his golf, is also an actor. Art appeared in several Maverick episodes last season, and between 'takes' he and Jack practiced with a bag of shag balls in a remote corner of the set.

"'Since Art started working in the show my game has improved by three or four strokes', says Kelly. 'I wish they could find a running part for him so we could practice every day.'"

NEXT TIME: Stay tuned to TDS for fantastic photos of JK practicing for a big event in that "remote corner" and teeing up with Donna (and friends!) :)