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All Blog Posts Tagged 'Tombstone' (41)

Filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch and Greta Garbo

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Ernst Lubitsch

Lubitsch and Garbo

Writers Notebook:

Ernst Lubitsch – Writer, Director and Filmmaker.

Ernst Lubitsch was born in Berlin, as son of Simon and Anna Lubitsch, Russian immigrants. The youngster turned away from his father's tailoring business to enter the theater. In 1911 he became a member of Max Reinhardt's Theater, made his film debut the following year as a comic actor and was received very well by critics and… Continue

Added by Tom Barnes on December 23, 2010 at 2:00am — No Comments

At 40, you eat Tombstone cake

So I've finally made it to 40.  That seems like such an impossible age to be when I can recall taking the Peter Pan oath in 6th grade.  Time keeps slipping away.  So yesterday was spent in the French Quarter in New Orleans, one of my favorite places to be.  I got some of my books into another book store, but the main purpose of the visit was for fun, relaxing and reflecting.  We walked around down Frenchmen and then Decatur Street, past Jackson Square and the coach drivers.  Finally it was…


Added by Tracy L. Conway on December 17, 2010 at 12:09am — No Comments

Thanksgiving Day and Gunfight Witness

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Thanksgiving Poem and Story

Spicer Hearing – Nickel-plated Pistol

Writers Notebook: John Steinbeck


November Nights grow longer and cold'

when a wedge of honking geese

flies past a harvest moon

that melts on the edge of the world at sunrise.

When turkey and dressing with all the trimmings,

becomes a feast-

Thanksgiving day is here.

Lenora… Continue

Added by Tom Barnes on November 24, 2010 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp

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First Witness, Spicer Hearing

Search for the real Doc Holliday

Writers Notebook

Doc Holliday's Road to Tombstone

Excerpt from the Spicer Hearing

First Witness

Tuesday, November 1, 1881

Judge Spicer took the bench at nine am rapped his gavel and gestured for the prosecution to call their witness.

A young spare built man with gray eyes took the stand and in… Continue

Added by Tom Barnes on November 17, 2010 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Round Table Revue, Doc and Wyatt Hearing Strategy

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Upstairs and downstairs at the Algonquin

Tombstone – Spicer Hearing Strategy

Writers Notebook: Katharine Hepburn

Round Table Potpourri:

Those known as the Round Table regulars were an outgoing lot and never made the occasional visitor feel unwanted. Something that made the group function well for so many years was the fact that the people involved respected and liked one another. Anyone that…

Added by Tom Barnes on November 10, 2010 at 4:15pm — No Comments

The Great Collaborator, Edna Ferber and Doc Holliday

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George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber

Tombstone, AZ Spicer's Court

Writers Notebook:

George S. Kaufman – The Great Collaborator

George S. Kaufman was born in Pittsburgh, PA, went to school there and studied law for a brief period before becoming interested in writing for newspapers. He worked all the low level jobs in the local newsrooms before landing a job on the staff of a Washington,… Continue

Added by Tom Barnes on November 3, 2010 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Robert Sherwood and Gunfight at the OK Corral

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Robert E. Sherwood and The Round Table

Shootout at the OK Corral

Writers Notebook: John Steinbeck

Escape from Vanity Fair

When Dorothy Parker was fired by Vanity Fair for a review indiscretion, Robert Benchley and Robert E. Sherwood both resigned and joined Dotty in her perp walk straight to The Algonquin Round Table.

Sherwood was six feet eight inches tall. Dorothy Parker…

Added by Tom Barnes on October 28, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

David Selznick, Doc Holliday and Blogging

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David O.Selznick – The Early Years

Facts about Doc Holliday

Writers Notebook: On Blogging

David O. Selznick:

David Selznick was a staunch advocate of transferring literature as it was written to film. David was an avid reader and grew up with the classics including Dickens and Tolstoi. As a film producer Selznick is remembered best for his production of Gone With the Wind and if…

Added by Tom Barnes on August 11, 2010 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Alex Wanes and 1945 Scuttlebutt

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Daily Hurricane Watch

Hurricane Introduction

Around the Caribbean

Hurricane Watch July 3, 2010 am PDT

Moisture from Alex still causing rainfall over parts of northeast Mexico and the U.S. border. Disturbed weather in the northeast Gulf of Mexico and several tropical waves that are making their way through the Caribbean are being monitored for future development.…


Added by Tom Barnes on July 3, 2010 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Tungee's Gold, Rescue Abby and The Great Gatsby

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Abby Sunderland and the Indian Ocean

Tungee's Gold: The Legend of Ebo Landing

Writers Notebook: The Great Gatsby

Sixteen year old Abby Sunderland attempting to become the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the globe solo was feared missing for several hours on Thursday in the middle of the Indian Ocean

There was a period from around 6 a.m. Thursday, PDT, until around 11:30 p.m.…

Added by Tom Barnes on June 16, 2010 at 4:44pm — 1 Comment

Young Doc Holliday and The Legend of Ebo Landing

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Doc Holliday – The Early Years

The Legend of Ebo Landing

Writers Notebook: On Conflict

Georgia and Sherman's March to the Sea

Young John Henry enrolled at the Valdosta Institute and rode into town five days a week to attend classes.

Late one afternoon Major Holliday and Alice sat on the veranda discussing the whereabouts of Mary Anne and the children when they heard hoof beats rapidly… Continue

Added by Tom Barnes on May 26, 2010 at 2:07pm — No Comments

Hollywood Thirties Best Year 1939

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1939 Was a Very Good Year

Judge Spicer's Ruling

Writers Notebook: Sidney Sheldon

In the late twenties when Al Jolson belted out Mammy and then said, 'You ain't heard nothing yet, folks,' sound had made it's way onto the silver screen. Technology was finally taking hold and making Louis B. Mayer's vision for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences seem almost plausible. That was a start but it was the thirties that made color a staple in… Continue

Added by Tom Barnes on March 10, 2010 at 3:07pm — No Comments

Through the Years With Oscar

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The Early Years of Oscar

Judge Spicer Delivers his Finding

Writers Notebook: On rewriting.

'Open the envelope please.'

With the 72nd Motion Picture Academy Awards coming up this Sunday, March 7, 2010 I'd like to revisit and comment on some of the the early Oscar years.

Year, Film and Director:

1927/28 - Wings – William A. Wellman

1928/29 - The Broadway Melody – Harry Beaumont

1929/30 - All Quiet on the Western Front – Lewis… Continue

Added by Tom Barnes on March 3, 2010 at 2:04pm — No Comments

The Academy Awards and Oscar

This Week

Meet me at the Ambassador

Doc Holliday's Road to Tombstone

Writers Notebook: Story origins

Ambassador Hotel

Monday, January 11, 1927

Thirty six members of the Hollywood motion picture community, interested in promoting the film industry, gathered at the Ambassador Hotel for dinner and a meeting.

Members attending that meeting are… Continue

Added by Tom Barnes on February 24, 2010 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Broadway, Hollywood and Tombstone

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Let's Go to the Movies

Spicer Hearing witness H.F. Sills

Writers Notebook:

American Theater Broadway to Hollywood

The legendary theatrical producer David Belasco coined the term playwright. When asked why playwright and not dramatist, Belasco said, 'Simply because it's the proper term, 'Playwright's a workman.. We say wheelwright,… Continue

Added by Tom Barnes on February 3, 2010 at 2:27pm — No Comments

John Gilbert and L.B. Mayer in Hollywood Feud

This Week

Let's Go to the Movies

Testimony from Spicer Hearing

Writers Notebook: Tungee's Gold Review

Hollywood Silents 1914-192
9 (Part 15)

The biggest star to fall out of favor with the public, as a direct result of sound, was John Gilbert. Gilbert's talkie debut was an MGM all-star extravaganza, 'The Hollywood Revue of 1929.' Joan… Continue

Added by Tom Barnes on January 27, 2010 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Rudolph Valentino, Wyatt Earp and Neil Simon

This Week

Let's Go to the Movies

Wyatt Earp Testimony at Spicer hearing

Writers Notebook: Conflic

Hollywood Silents 1914-1929
(Part 12)

Rudolph Valentino had come a long way since his extra jobs in the late teens. He worked hard at becoming a movie actor and was making some progress when on several films he was singled out and given… Continue

Added by Tom Barnes on January 6, 2010 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Warner Brothers, MGM and Sam Goldwyn

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Let's go to the Movies and Rin Tin Tin

Wyatt Earp testifies at Spicer hearing

Writers Notebook: Somerset Maugham

Hollywood Silents 1914-1929
(Part 11)

During the mid 20's there was a lot of sorting out of studios, production companies, and producers. Warner Brothers, Sam Goldwyn and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer were the main… Continue

Added by Tom Barnes on December 30, 2009 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Silent Movies and The Making of a Masterpiece

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Spicer Hearing Excerpt: Doc and Wyatt to the cooler.

Let's Go to the Movies: Rush to California and 'The Vamp.'

Writers Notebook: The Making of a Masterpiece

Doc Holliday's Road to Tombstone Excerpt

Monday, November 7, 1881

Judge Spicer opened the afternoon session and immediately confirmed the rumor. “A motion filed by the prosecution requests the court to revoke bail previously… Continue

Added by Tom Barnes on December 2, 2009 at 3:14pm — No Comments

D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation

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Let's Go to the Movies

Doc Holliday's Road to Tombstone – Excerpt Doc confronts his lawyer.

Writers Notebook: John Steinbeck – Anxious moments.

Let's Go to the Movies

Hollywood Silents 1914-1929 Part 5

D.W. Griffith's broad story concept for Birth of a Nation was not the only new innovation he had planned for the film. Working with his long time cameraman Billy Bitzer they… Continue

Added by Tom Barnes on November 18, 2009 at 2:07pm — No Comments

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