Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Eyes Have It

Bob made five movies with Madge Evans, they were a great pairing.  Those five movies produced a lengthy list of great promotional shots of the couple.  For Lovers Courageous (1932), the shots are of a young, adorable couple.  A year later, for Hell Below, it is a much more mature couple that is captured in some downright sexy photos.  In the photo below, notice how their bodies are intertwined, but they are gazing away from each other.   Yeah, they are past the stage of long, yearning looks into each other's eyes.  Could that be just a bit of a smirk on Bob's face?  

                   Bob with Madge Evans in Hell Below (1932)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Happy Blue-Eyed Friday!!

Mucho thanks to Debbie for sharing ...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

144 Monovale Dr ... Nice Place to Call Home

Can you imagine growing up in a house like this??    Liz and Skip had to have had fun exploring their very large home.  And, of course, there was the pool with a pool house, off to the left of the picture, along with 1.63 acres to explore without leaving the yard.  (Do you sense a tad bit of envy ...)

   Yr Built, 1937, although appears it was first occupied in 1938.  Initial cost of $25,000.  Depending on the source, it's current market value is as high as $25 million!

   It has 9,756 sq. ft., including seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms, with a total of 25 rooms.

   Bob sold it in the 1940s, part of his downsizing because of his military service in WWII.  Do not have a year when he sold it (Do you know?).  I do know he was living on Bellagio Rd in Bel Air in 1947.

   Franchot Tone owned the property in the 1950s and 1960s, may have purchased it directly from Bob, but not sure.  That would make sense, could not have been that many buyers in the market for a Hollywood mansion in the 1940s.  Understand Liz tried to buy it from Tone in the 1960s, after marrying Asher, but Tone declined.  Guess you really can't go home again! 

   And the next owner of record.....ta da.....Elvis Presley!!  He bought it in 1970, Priscilla stayed on for a while after their divorce and Elvis sold it in 1975.   One can only guess what Bob must have thought of having the home he designed and so loved, pass into the hands of a rock and roll star!

    Telly Savalas may or may not have been the next owner.  I have read conflicting reports.

    The current owner is the Meehan family (as in co-founder of Redkin Hair Products).  They purchased it back in the 1990s, I believe.

It really is a beautiful home.  Bob and Betty had good tastes. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

A Smile To Make Anyone's Day!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

What a Hunk!

... all 6' 4" of him.  Great baritone voice.  Great smile.  Yeah, you could call him the Clark Gable of 1950s musicals.  A decidedly different type from Misters Astaire and Kelly! 

Howard Keel was born on this day in 1919.  That makes him 35 when he starred in Seven Brides for Seven Sisters in 1954.  Rrrff!  A great role in a great movie.  What a hunk.  The previous year, he and Kathryn Grayson were superb as the battling duo in Kiss Me Kate (1953). 

           Howard Keel in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

Flash forward 30 years and Mr. Keel, now in his 60s, rules Dallas on TV, being sexy for the "mature" ladies across the country.  He was no longer wearing tights, but that great smile was still there.  Rrrff!