Wednesday, April 26, 2017

JK at the "Finnish" Line! :)

Howdy Everyone!

Now, here's something you don't see everyday--a Finnish poster for an American western!


This amazing addition to the Kellection advertises the 1953 Audie Murphy oater Gunsmoke (no connection to the famous TV series). I love the swirling pistol smoke motif. And, of course, I love the fact that Jack Kelly (as "Curly Mather") occupies a pretty fair chunk of the poster, although his name appears nowhere.  Here's a close-up:


The image of JK on the poster came from a still which can be viewed here.


Well, please stay tuned--I'm not "Finnished" sharing JK treasures with you! :)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Remembering...

 
Kathleen Crowley
 
1929-2017
 
 
Ms. Crowley, who appeared in eight episodes of Maverick (five with Jack Kelly), passed away at age 87 on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at her home in Green Bank, NJ (which was also her birthplace). After a career in films and television, Ms. Crowley married in 1969 and retired in the early 1970's to raise her son.  Her obituary in the Hollywood Reporter revealed that "She later became the bridgetender (the person that opens and closes the span to accommodate waterway traffic) for the Green Bank New Road Bridge..."

In 1961, Ms. Crowley described what it was like working with JK on the "Dade City Dodge" episode of Maverick: "Working with a professional like Jack is a real pleasure...It doesn't seem like there's been almost four years between my two Maverick shows. [First show was "The Jeweled Gun" in 1957.] And the rehearsals for this one went just as smooth as the other; you'd think we were on-camera instead of just running through the lines and action."
 
Rest in peace, Ms. Crowley.
 
 
 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

One Sunday Afternoon With Jack Kelly :)

Howdy!

Here's another amazing pic of Jack Kelly from his early career days at Universal-International Studios.


Dated 1951, it shows JK in an opening night scene from "One Sunday Afternoon", which was presented as part of the annual "Inside U-I" stage show. Some writing on the back of the photo says, "Scenes presented on stage as acting exercises to audiences of studio's directors and producers."

More writing on the back of the still identifies JK's leggy co-stars as Gale Storm (L) and Ava Norring (R), although I'm not quite sure if the lady on the left really is Ms. Storm. Anyway, JK appears to be saying "Cheers!" at the sight of Ms. Norring's glamourous gam.

I found some more pix from the "Inside U-I" show in a 1954 issue of Photoplay magazine. The story, "Puttin' On An Act", says, "Movie audiences will never see the U-I talent show. It's strictly a family affair...For several weeks every year U-I's huge Phantom Stage (so-called because it was built for the [1924] movie Phantom of the Opera) hums with activity. Youngsters gleefully go through their own routines or watch Estelle Harman, head of the talent department, put others through their paces."


"Though it looks like bedlam, there's method in the madness. This year's show, the third put on by the studio, is part of a million-dollar talent program which has more than earned its keep. The show called 'Inside U-I', is designed not only to give U-I contract players extra experience, but to display their versatile and sometimes unsuspected off-beat talents. Through these shows,  U-I's young players have again and again obtained better breaks, not only on their own lot, but also on loan-outs. For executives from all the other studios scramble for invitations to this glorified--and exclusive--Amateur Show."


Well, it's no act and I'll give my all to bring you much more about JK in TDS...please stay tuned! :) 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Klowning Around With Jack Kelly :)

Hello!

When we think of clowns named "Kelly", Emmett would probably be the first person who comes to mind.

But--no fooling!--that's Jack Kelly under the greasepaint in this incredible still from 1953:


 
The caption on the reverse of the photo says this is a scene from "Here Come The Clowns", with Lori Nelson. I believe this was presented as part of  "Inside U-I", which was staged annually by Universal-International during the early 1950's to show off young players such as JK, Ms. Nelson, Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson, and many others who were enrolled in the studio's talent development program.
 
Sophie Rosenstein, U-I's talent coach, explained the importance of the yearly show in a 1951 newspaper story: "You see, when a player is signed his fight just begins. Then, he has to sell himself to the directors and producers on the lot. By putting on this annual show, we can show the movie makers what our young people can do. Also, it gives the youngsters a set of values they wouldn't otherwise have. In the theater there is a great deal of tradition and loyalty. But actors who start their careers in the movies lack this background. They don't realize that they are part of a great industry. By putting on 'Inside U-I', the youngsters develop a sense of loyalty to the show."
 
Here's another 1953 pic of JK and Lori Nelson, this time in street clothes:
 
 
Even on crutches, JK is still clowning, although he'd seriously injured his leg in a skiing accident in late 1952, leaving him unable to work for over a year. This ultimately led to him being dropped by Universal, but, the lessons he'd learned at U-I served him well as he went on to a successful career in films and television.
 
 No foolin'--there's much more coming up in TDS. Please stay tuned! :) 


Friday, March 17, 2017

Jack and Sally Together Again! :)


Happy Saint Patrick's Day Everyone!

In honor of St. Paddy's day, TDS presents another bit of ephemera from Jack Kelly's 1952 film, Sally and Saint Anne, a comedy about the O'Moynes, a wacky but loveable Irish-American family:

 
This rare window card isn't in the best shape. It's browned and faded with age (it's 65 years old). It's also badly creased in spots. And poor Grandpa O'Moyne  (Edmund Gwenn) has a hole in his nightshirt! But, the graphics are still colorful and, of course, JK is up there in the family portrait.

Below is a close-up of JK as muddling magician "Mike O'Moyne" beside his mother (played by Frances "Aunt Bee" Bavier, complete with rolling pin):


Much more about Sally can be found here and here.

And, radio station WJCU is again streaming 18 hours of authentic Irish music, starting at 6:00 am ET this morning (3/17) and ending at midnight. The link to listen is here. Enjoy!

Please stay tuned for more movie memories with JK and TDS.

Shamrock clipart courtesy of Clipartrix.com

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Remember...

...to watch Jack Kelly as Bart Maverick in "The Jeweled Gun", today's episode of Maverick on ME-TV (scheduled for 10:00 AM ET; check your local listings for correct time/channel in your area).

"Hand over the remote, Bart--it's time to
watch Maverick with me, on ME-TV!"
 
And remember to "spring forward" at 2:00 AM this Sunday, 3/12!