Classic Movie News Briefs
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This section of Reel Classics is an effort to share
information about classic movie-related items in the news these days. THIS
IS NOT A PAGE FOR GOSSIP. Any story posted here will be confirmed by at
least one reliable news source. Furthermore, if you have any relevant news
events to share, please feel free to
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(Note that the News Briefs are listed with the most recent items first --
that is to say, in reverse chronological order.)
- 13- Daily Variety reports that Britain's Ealing Studios is
making plans to revive the classic St. Trinian's comedy franchise about
a zany group of English schoolgirls first filmed in 1954 as THE BELLS OF
ST. TRINIAN starring Alistair Sim,
Joyce Grenfell and
- 12- Betty Hutton, vivacious blonde big-band singer and comedienne
whose most famous film appearances include THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK
(1944), ANNIE GET YOUR GUN (1950) and THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH (1952),
dies at age 86.
- 27- Elizabeth
Taylor, two-time Oscar-winning star of such films as NATIONAL VELVET
(1944), CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (1958) and WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
(1966), celebrates her 75th birthday in Las Vegas with family and friends,
including her four grown children and fellow
- 24- Herman Brix, the 1928 Olympic silver medalist shot putter who
played Tarzan in the THE NEW ADVENTURES OF TARZAN (1935) as well as bit
parts in more than 100 other films of the 1930s and '40s, often under
the name Bruce Bennett, dies at age 100 of complications from a broken
- 12- Producer Ed Bass and Karen Sharpe Kramer, widow of
director-producer Stanley Kramer,
announce plans to make a sequel to
Kramer's 1963 chase comedy
classic IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD, hoping to include return
appearances by surviving members of the original cast, including Jonathan
Winters, Mickey Rooney, Sid
Caesar, Edie Adams, Carl Reiner, Peter Falk and Jerry Lewis.
- 9- Carlo Ponti, Oscar-nominated Italian producer and husband of
actress Sophia Loren who produced more than 100 films, including LA STRADA
(1956), TWO WOMEN (1962) and DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965) dies in Geneva at age
- 8- Yvonne De Carlo, large and small screen beauty who played Moses'
wife Sephora in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956) and a Viennese dancer in
SALOME WHERE SHE DANCED (1945), but achieved her greatest popularity on
TV's "The Munsters" in the mid-1960s, dies at 84.
- 1- A.I. Bezzerides, Turkish-born novelist-turned-Hollywood
screenwriter best known for penning such post-World War II film noir
classics as THIEVES' HIGHWAY (1949), ON DANGEROUS GROUND (1952) and KISS
ME DEADLY (1955), dies at 98.
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