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Lois Laurel Hawes, Daughter of Stan Laurel, Dies at 89

Lois Laurel Hawes, the only daughter of famed comedian Stan Laurel, has died. She was 89.

Hawes died Friday after a long illness at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, Calif., family spokesman Tyler St. Mark announced.

She was married to actor Rand Brooks — who played Scarlett O'Hara's first husband, Charles, in Gone with the Wind and sidekick Lucky Jenkins in a series of Hopalong Cassidy films — and then to writer-actor Tony Hawes.

Her mother was the first of Laurel's four wives, silent-movie actress Lois Neilson. Her brother, also named Stanley, died nine days after his...
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The 2016 Lone Pine Film Festival: Words And Pictures

Ten years ago I attended the Lone Pine Film Festival for the first time. It was the 17th annual celebration in 2006 of a festival dedicated to the heritage of movies (mostly westerns, but plenty of other genres as well) shot in or near the town of Lone Pine, California, located on the outer edges of the Mojave Desert and nestled up against the Eastern Sierra Mountains in the shadow of the magnificent Mt. Whitney. The multitude of films that could and have been celebrated there were most often shot at least partially in the Alabama Hills just outside of town, a spectacular array of geological beauty that springs out of the landscape like some sort of extra-planetary exhibit, a visitation of natural and very unusual formations that have lent themselves to the imaginations of filmmakers here ever since near the dawn of the Hollywood filmmaking industry.

In writing about the
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Man with the Gun

First-time director Richard Wilson's B&W '50s western is different. Robert Mitchum is on-task as a town tamer with believable problems, both in exterminating gunslingers Claude Akins and Leo Gordon, and with making peace with his estranged wife, Jan Sterling. That's not to mention Mitchum's attraction for pacifist Karen Sharpe, and ditzy showgirl Barbara Lawrence. And don't forget an incredibly young Angie Dickinson. Man with the Gun Blu-ray Kl Studio Classics 1955 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 83 min. / Deadly Peacemaker / Street Date September 25, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Robert Mitchum, Jan Sterling, Karen Sharpe, Henry Hull, Emile Meyer, John Lupton, Barbara Lawrence, Ted de Corsia, Leo Gordon, James Westerfield, Jay Adler, Claude Akins, Joe Barry, Norma Calderón, Angie Dickinson, Mara McAfee, Maidie Norman, Robert Osterloh, Maudie Prickett, Stafford Repp. Cinematography Lee Garmes Film Editor Gene Milford Original Music Alex North Written by N.B. Stone Jr., Richard Wilson Produced by Samuel Goldwyn Jr.
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One Macy’s Parade Memory

I recently stumbled across my earliest photograph: a black & white snapshot I took with my Brownie box camera at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1960. I was 9 years old, going on 10, and I thought it turned out pretty well. (Actually, I still think so. It’s sharp and clear, which is more than I can say for some of the shots I get with my modern, high-tech camera.) My grandmother lived on West 71st Street in Manhattan, so I slept in her apartment the night before, so we could get up in time to walk to Central Park West and watch the parade go by. Here’s where it gets tricky: in the haze of my memory, I seem to recall shaking hands with Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd, that...

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Hollywood’s Kiddie Connection

What do Jerry Lewis, Bugs Bunny, and Hopalong Cassidy have in common? They all recorded special material for an innovative kid-oriented Capitol Records series in the 1940s and ‘50s. This amazing output, perfectly timed for the baby boom of the post-World War II era, has now been exhaustively documented by Jack Mirtle in his self-published book The Capitol Records Childrens' Series: 1944 to 1956: The Complete Discography. The crossover from the movie world is notable, as Capitol featured such talents as Tex Ritter, Margaret O’Brien, William Boyd (as Hopalong Cassidy), Jerry Lewis, Claude Rains (reading Bible stories), and Smiley Burnette, along with the voice artists...

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Hopalong Cassidy Is Back Back Back

When Disney announced a couple of months back that it was bringing back The Lone Ranger, with Jerry Bruckheimer to produce and Johnny Depp to star as Tonto, we guessed it was only a matter of time before other iconic heroes of the Wild West got their shot at the silver screen.And, sure enough, today comes news that Mark Canton – producer of 300 – is behind a move to give Hopalong Cassidy his own movie.Canton has teamed with Pterodactyl Prods. for the movie, which will reboot a character that featured in no fewer than 66 movies (and you thought James Bond was pushing it with 22) that starred William Boyd, and which ran from the Thirties through to the Fifties.Hoppy, a creation of Clarence E. Mulford, actually started life as a bit of a rogue, before coming over all clean-cut for the transition to movies. A white-haired do-gooder who bucked trends by wearing a black hat,
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