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Femme fatale Audrey Totter: Film noir actress and MGM leading lady dead at 95 (photo: Audrey Totter ca. 1947) Audrey Totter, film noir femme fatale and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract player best remembered for the mystery crime drama Lady in the Lake and, at Rko, the hard-hitting boxing drama The Set-Up, died after suffering a stroke and congestive heart failure on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at West Hills Hospital in Los Angeles County. Reportedly a resident at the Motion Picture and Television Home in Woodland Hills, Audrey Totter would have turned 96 on Dec. 20. Born in Joliet, Illinois, Audrey Totter began her show business career on radio. She landed an MGM contract in the mid-’40s, playing bit roles in several of the studio’s productions, e.g., the Clark Gable-Greer Garson pairing Adventure (1945), the Hedy Lamarr-Robert Walker-June Allyson threesome Her Highness and the Bellboy (1945), and, as an adventurous hitchhiker riding with John Garfield, »
- Andre Soares
Audrey Totter, a steely blonde actress known for her leading roles in some film noir’s most prominent titles, including “Lady in the Lake,” “The Set-Up,” died Thursday. She was 95. Totter, who was living in the Motion Picture and Television Home in recent years, had a stroke and suffered from congestive heart failure, according to the L.A. Times.
Totter’s characters were not so much femme fatales who seduced men into trouble but ruthless, independent figures scheming to get the best out of a bad situation.
Totter did not begin in film noir — two of her early credited roles were supporting parts in comedies “The Sailor Takes a Wife” and “The Cockeyed Miracle” — but a well-received supporting performance in 1946 noir classic “The Postman Always Rings Twice” foreshadowed the direction of her career.
The actress made quite an impression in her first lead role in the Robert Montgomery-directed 1947 adaptation »
- Carmel Dagan
Paul Mantee, a popular fixture on TV shows and feature films, passed away on November 7. Mantee had appeared on many TV series over the years and had recurring roles on the 1980s hits Hunter and Cagney and Lacy. He first began appearing in the medium in the late 1959s and eventually guest starred on major programs such as The F.B.I, Mannix, Dragnet, Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, Batman, The Time Tunnel, Bonanza, Kojak and Seinfeld. Mantee also appeared in small roles in many feature films. In 1964 he had a rare starring role in Robinson Crusoe on Mars, a fairly low-budget sci-fi film that became a major cult hit thanks to its intelligent script, direction and performances. He also had the lead role in the 1968 James Bond spoof A Man Called Dagger. For more click here »
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Kim Hamilton, an African American actress who appeared onstage, in films and on television and was the wife of the late actor Werner Klemperer — Col. Klink on “Hogan’s Heroes” — at a time when mixed marriages were uncommon even in Hollywood, died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Sept. 16, four days after her 81st birthday.
Two of her early and most noted roles in a career that spanned more than six decades were as Brock Peter’s wife in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and as Harry Belafonte’s wife in “Odds Against Tomorrow.” She had most recently appeared in the 2010 film “The Beginners.”
- Carmel Dagan
Brains on Ice! week continues at Trailers from Hell with director and Tfh creator Joe Dante introducing "Donovan's Brain," starring Lew Ayres, who achieved stardom as the benevolent Dr. Kildare, here playing yet another kindly doctor who nurtures a living brain (kept alive in a fish tank) only to have its sinister personality consume him. Curt Siodmak’s oft-adapted science fiction novel receives a no-frills treatment at the hands of director Felix Feist (The Devil Thumbs A Ride) that nonetheless captures its essence better than other attempts, which include The Lady And The Monster (1944) and The Brain (1962). »
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In 1963, Emmy nominations for writing and helming went to lawyer and doctor shows; a Western about a crooked poker game; a bittersweet romance; and a stage play starring Trevor Howard as Disraeli. Series and one-offs were lumped together, so there’d be enough to fill the slates.
Those weren’t even among the faves. Double winner “The Defenders” ranked No. 18 on the year, with nominee “Ben Casey” leading its field at No. 7. Only six dramas broke into a top 20 dominated by sitcoms and reality shows.
Fast forward to 2013, and its quantum leap forward in ambition and scope. Quality TV was once seen as the writer’s medium (’63 winner Reginald Rose), and a place for young filmmakers to start out (’63 nominee Sydney Pollack). But today’s marquee helmers embrace longform for its freedom and speed, and the story rather than the individual storyteller is king.
Production values have exploded. Trevor Howard »
- Bob Verini
Kcbs reports Kobe died Thursday, Aug. 1 in Michigan. Her age has been listed as 82 and 84 years old in varying reports. A cause of death has not yet been revealed.
Kobe's first big-screen appearance came in Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 epic, "The Ten Commandments." From there, she went on to have roles in "Maverick," "Perry Mason," "Twilight Zone," "Dr. Kildare," "Bewitched" and "Gunsmoke," according to her IMDb profile.
Some of her most notable work was in production. She produced 210 episodes of famed soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful" as well as multiple episodes of "Guiding Light."
Deadline.com reports that for the past two years she resided at the Motion Picture Television Fund Home.
Correction: A previous version of this article mistakenly referred to "Perry Mason" as "Perry Madison. »
- The Huffington Post
Film and television actress and producer Gail Kobe died yesterday at the age of 82. Her first major film was Cecil B. DeMille’s epic The Ten Commandments in 1956. She went on to appear in dozens of TV shows throughout her career, earning an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Dr. Anne Warner on the 1960s TV series Dr. Kildare. Her other TV credits include soaps Peyton Place and Bright Promise. She also starred in such TV classics The Twilight Zone, The Fugitive, Bewitched, Hogan’s Heroes, The Mod Squad, Mission Impossible and The Outer Limits and appeared in over 50 Westerns, including, Rawhide, The Virginian, Maverick, Daniel Boone and Gunsmoke. She moved into producing daytime dramas during the 1970s and 80s with credits including Days of Our Lives, Texas, Another World, The Bold And The Beautiful, and Guiding Light, for which she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. For the past two years, »
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The television landscape is populated with hit medical dramas across the decades, from Dr. Kildare, M*A*S*H and Marcus Welby, M.D., to Grey's Anatomy, House and, of course, ER. One series that ran alongside M*A*S*H centered on the emergency personnel of Los Angeles County Fire Department's Station 51 and nearby Rampart General Hospital. It was the first of its kind to feature paramedics responding to emergency calls in addition to the in-hospital staff they handed their patients off to. It's been more than 40 years since this show debuted and it's time to shine the spotlight on these real-life professionals once again. Hit the jump for more. Hollywood! Adapt this: Emergency! What It's About: Created and produced by Jack Webb and Robert A. Cinader, the brains behind police series Adam-12 and Dragnet, Emergency! was a one-hour medical drama that featured emergency personnel dealing with multiple incidents throughout their shift. »
- Dave Trumbore
Veteran actress Jean Stapleton, a three-time Emmy winner for her iconic portrayal of All in the Family‘s Edith Bunker, passed away at her New York City home on Friday, from natural causes, the Los Angeles Times reports. She was 90.
Stapleton’s television career began in the 1950s, with appearances on Starlight Theatre, Lux Video Theatre and The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse. She went on to guest-star on several series, including Dennis the Menace, Dr. Kildare, Car 54 Where Are You? and My Three Sons, before settling into the role of outspoken, unapologetic bigot Archie Bunker’s wife in CBS’ All in the Family, »
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Many of the major studios no longer want to be in the DVD (or Blu-ray) business; they’d rather stream or download their films. There are some notable exceptions, however, and they spell good news for serious buffs and collectors. Warner Home Video dominates the market with its highly successful DVD-on-demand service at warnerarchive.com. They’re so good at this game they now distribute Sony and MGM’s on-demand product and have just taken over what is left of Paramount’s new release schedule. Every week Warner adds new titles, ranging from ultra-rare early talkies to recent TV shows and miniseries, from the third season of The Ricky Gervais Show to season one of Dr. Kildare, not to...
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- Leonard Maltin
We here at ComicMix celebrate all manner of pop culture from today’s obvious hits to the arcane wonders of yesteryear. every now and then we get a notice about something that seems just outside our realm of interest but there’s a thing or two that grabs us. Something like an unaired pilot to the legendary Dr. Kildare series is one of those things. Not only that, but the series gave us Richard Chamberlain as a star (long before he was resurrected for Leverage). The show not only boasted an impressive guest cast, as noted below but it featured some of the best writers working in television including a pre-Star Trek Gene Roddenberry. So, here’s the press release for those who remember and remain interested:
Warner Archive Collection continues to unveil some of the finest series in television history with its release this week of Dr. Kildare: The First Complete Season. »
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The level of faith the Walt Disney Company places in its own products never ceases to be amazing if inexplicable. Each era at this massive corporation is so categorically different from what came before, well back into when Disney was still a struggling film studio desperately trying to pay the bills with its shorts or, at the time, a handful of massively ambitious feature-length animated films. Thus, the faith placed in the product has always shifted. However, the Mouse House’s modern era, beginning in 1984, when Michael Eisner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and the late Frank Wells began their tenure in various high-level positions, has been concurrently maddening and glorious to behold. Whether we like it or not, Disney fans are something of »
- Josh Spiegel
A prolific TV director, Don Medford, has died at the age of 95. He passed away December 12th at the West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in Los Angeles.
His daughter Lynn reported his death to THR on Wednesday. Medford had been a resident of the Motion Picture & Television Fund's retirement home in Woodland Hills since 2001.
Born Donald Muller, Medford worked on numerous TV shows from the early 1950s until the late 1980s including multiple episodes of The Detectives, The Rifleman, The Untouchables, Dr. Kildare, Alfred Hitchock Presents, The Twilight Zone, The FBI, Baretta, The Fall Guy, Dynasty, The Colbys, and on and on.
Medford also directed episodes of The Fugitive, including the two-part series finale. The 1967 last episode was seen by an estimated 78 million people and stood as the most-watched episodes of a television series until »
Prolific television director Don Medford, who is perhaps best known for the two-episode finale of the 1960s drama The Fugitive, died December 12 at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 95. His family reported the death Wednesday. The 1967 conclusion of Fugitive, the popular series about a man falsely accused of murdering his wife (played by David Janssen) and relentlessly pursued around the country by a determined detective (Barry Morse), was seen by a then-record of an estimated 78 million viewers — a milestone that stood until the “Who Shot J.R.” episode of Dallas drew an estimated 83 million in 1980. Medford’s TV career stretched from the early 1950s Tales Of Tomorrow through the late ’80s Jake And The Fatman. Among the many major and varied series he worked on were the anthologies Alfred Hitchock Presents and The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables with Robert Stack, M Squad with Lee Marvin, »
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