Saturday, June 30, 2012

"Introducing Jack Kelly" Pt. II :)


As promised, here's the fantabulous 1951 profile and photo of that "swell fella" Jack Kelly from "The Brown Banner" fan journal. Enjoy! :)


Jack Kelly is a young actor that you've got to know! Not that there is any danger of you not knowing him soon...he's beginning to go places cinematically speaking, in a big way! If you're not familiar with him won't be long.

Jack is a swell fella...he's quite a tease...and life is never dull with him around. He's the boy that's the life of the party! He's right there, too, if there's something to be done and he can be of any help.

Twenty four years-old, Jack is six-foot-one and weighs 190 pounds. Brown hair and eyes help to make him the good looking lad he is.

He's not new to the entertainment world, New York he was spotted in such plays as St. Helena with Maurice Evans, Ghost of Yankee Doodle with Miss Ethel Barrymoore, Stopover, Schoolhouse on the Lot, and Swing Your Lady. Also in the East, he appeared on radio in broadcasts of March of Time, Gang Busters, Famous Fortunes, and The Fred Allen Show.

As for television, Jack has served his time in that media N.Y. he did such shows as Studio One, Philco Theatre, The Colgate Show, Kraft Theatre, Chevrolet Theatre, The Bob Ripley Show, and The Fred Waring Show.

In Hollywood, he's been heard on radio via The Lux Radio Theatre, Philip Marlowe, Suspense, and Tell It Again.

Jack's popular sister, Nancy Kelly, has been a well-known actress for several years and now Jack is carrying on the tradition in the family by appearing in many pictures. He's in Fighting Man of the Plains with Randolph Scott; Peggy at Universal with Charles Coburn, Charlotte Greenwood, and Diana Lynn; Call Me Mister with Betty Grable, Dan Dailey and Danny Thomas at 20th Century Fox; New Mexico with Lew Ayres, Marilyn Maxwell, and Ian McDonald; RKO's Where Danger Lives starring Robert Mitchum; and at Warners in West Point Story with James Cagney and Virginia Mayo.

He can currently be seen...or soon will be such popular releases as Fox's People Will Talk with Cary Grant and Jeanne Crain; Submarine Command at Paramount with William Holden and Bill Bendix; and Republic's Wings Across the Pacific [B27: retitled The Wild Blue Yonder] with James Brown, Wendell Corey, Forrest Tucker, Phil Harris and Vera Ralston.

In the latter film, Jack met Jim [Brown] for the first time and during shooting they became fast friends. Jack is a frequent visitor at 'Brown's Little Acre'; in fact, he's almost one of the family, at present writing.

Again, I say, 'Jack's a swell fella!' and is destined to be one of our top masters of entertainment of the future.

FLASH! As we go to press, comes word that Jack has just signed a wonderful contract at Universal International. He appeared there in a play and was observed by director Budd Boetticher and now has a nice role in Red Ball Express. Be sure to write to Jack at Universal. Mail will help him a lot now!" 

As a bonus, I found a couple more mentions of JK in the fanzine. He attended a surprise birthday party for the "prexy" of the Jim Brown fan club held at the Brown's home. And: "We [the Browns] caught the premiere of A Streetcar Named Desire...and talked Jack Kelly into going. I [Jim Brown] thought the picture very good but Kelly won't forgive us for roping him in. He hates driving up in front of the theatre and being announced. So do I, but Betty [Mrs. Brown] says it's good publicity, so I gave in. Keep your eye on Jack Kelly. He is a likeable guy and a good actor. Look for him in The Wild Blue Yonder." 

Gee, I wonder if that young Kelly fella ever amounted to anything... ;-)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

"Introducing Jack Kelly" Pt. I :)


In my never-ending kwest for Kellectibles, I never know where Jack Kelly will turn up next. 

Case in point: I just found an informative write-up and a gorgeous snapshot of JK in a fan club journal from 1951. Only, JK isn't the main focus of the journal. The journal is actually devoted to James Brown, a.k.a. Jim Brown. 

Now, this was not "The Godfather of Soul" James Brown or the football player turned actor named Jim Brown. This was the actor, born James Edward Brown in 1920, who appeared in such films as The Sands of Iwo Jima with John Wayne and the 1954 version of A Star is Born with Judy Garland and James Mason. He also co-starred in one of my favorite episodes of The Virginian, simply titled "West", with one of my "sigh guys", Steve Cochran. 

But, Jim Brown is probably best known for portraying "Lt. Rip Masters" in the fondly remembered 1950's TV western series The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. He later founded an athletic equipment company and continued acting in films and TV until his death in 1992. 

So, what was JK doing in "The Brown Banner", the fanzine devoted  to JB? Well, here's a little secret: Many "fan" clubs were actually sanctioned by film studios, who recognized a great way to drum up publicity for their performers when they saw it. The fan club "prexy" (president) was often paid a salary and given unlimited access to a studio's stars. Although "The Brown Banner" resembles a homemade scrapbook, it's full of studio news, interviews and actual photos of Brown, his wife, and even their dog, Patsy. It also contains stories publicizing other players working at the 20th Century Fox studio, hence the write-up and incredible photo of newcomer Jack Kelly...which I will share with you in the next TDS! :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

You CAN Judge This Book By Its Cover - Now VOTE For It! :)

Howdy Everyone!

I received an exciting note from Linda J. Alexander, author of the fabulous Jack Kelly bio, A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story:

"...The cover of my latest book, A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story, is up for an award with a website popular with readers … which means potential buyers. I’d like to ask if you’d be so kind as to go onto the site & add your vote for my book cover.

Here’s the link: A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story is listed as #2 in the poll @ this link. Please share w/your friends, & folks with whom you may exchange e-mail to help my book cover win this award. A win will boost sales. Voting ends on Wednesday, 6/27.

Just visit the above link and click on my book cover detail to vote. Only takes a few seconds. If you’re unaware of the subject, A Maverick Life: The Jack Kelly Story is the biography of TV’s “Maverick” co-star (along with James Garner from 1957 - 1962), published November 2011 by one of the premiere classic entertainment niche publishers, BearManor Media."

So, there you have it fellow Bartistas--now, please, go VOTE! (And, hurry--voting ends tomorrow, June 27!)

By the way, I voted and looked at some at the competing book covers...believe me, with JK on the cover, there is NO competition! :)

UPDATE! (6/27/12) The cover contest has ended and--ta da!--A Maverick Life won! :) Congratulations, Linda!