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Ida Lupino Centennial

Today marks the centennial of IDA LUPINO. This amazing, trail-blazing actress, director and producer was born on February 4, 1918 in the UK.
 
Her unforgettable film credits as an actress include THE LIGHT THAT FAILED,…
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Added by Michael B. Druxman on February 4, 2018 at 10:17am — No Comments

IDA LUPINO

I am pleased to announce the publication of my latest one-woman stage play, IDA: The Last Lupino, which is available in both paperback and Kindle editions via Amazon.



https://www.amazon.com/dp/1983499994/ref=sr_1_1



Unlike all my other one-person stage plays, Ida Lupino was a actress that I knew. I met her and her then-husband, Howard Duff,…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on January 15, 2018 at 12:55pm — No Comments

RATHBONE, a one-person play, is now on Audio

The audio edition of my one-person stage play, RATHBONE, just became available on Amazon, audible.com and, within a day or two, iTunes.



Jake Sanson delivers a terrific performance as Basil Rathbone.…



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Added by Michael B. Druxman on December 5, 2017 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Clark Gable & Carole Lombard: A Conversation

(Clark) GABLE and (Carole) LOMBARD are two of my one-person stage plays that are now available on audio.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqKGOZu5P1U

George Utley plays Clark Gable and Kathleen Godwin is Carole Lombard.

The plays can be downloaded at audible.com, Amazon or iTunes.

Both plays are also available in paperback…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 29, 2017 at 10:03am — No Comments

ERROL FLYNN on Audio

I just got word that the audio adaptation of FLYNN, my one-person stage play about Errol Flynn, is now available for download on Amazon, audible.com and, within a day or so, iTunes. Sam Burns brings the screen's most famous Robin Hood to life in this production, which has been enhanced with music and sound effects. Enjoy!…



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Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 20, 2017 at 10:09am — No Comments

Clark GABLE and Spencer TRACY: A conversation

(Clark) GABLE and (Spencer) TRACY: A conversation.
 

Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 13, 2017 at 10:29am — No Comments

CAROLE LOMBARD on Audio

I am pleased to announce that the audio edition of my play, LOMBARD, is now available for download at audible.com., Amazon and iTunes. Kathleen Godwin delivers a moving performance as Carole Lombard in this production of my original stage play, which has been enhanced with music and sound effects.
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Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 3, 2017 at 6:57am — No Comments

Clark GABLE on Audio

I am pleased to announce that the audio edition of my play, GABLE, is now available for download at audible.com., Amazon and iTunes. George Utley delivers a magnificent performance as Clark Gable in this production of my original stage play, which has been enhanced with music and sound effects.…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 1, 2017 at 6:59am — No Comments

TRACY is #1

I just learned that the new audio edition of TRACY is currently the #1 release on Amazon in the Play and Scriptwriting Department. Chris Hendrie delivers a masterful performance as Spencer Tracy in this adaptation of my stage play, which we've enhanced for your listening pleasure with music and sound effects.…
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Added by Michael B. Druxman on October 7, 2017 at 7:02am — No Comments

ERROL FLYNN and Others on Audio

I made a deal yesterday for an actor to do an audio recording of my one-person play, (Errol) FLYNN.



That makes audio versions of five (5) of my one-person plays currently in production. The other four are (Clark) GABLE, (Carole) LOMBARD, (Spencer) TRACY and (Basil) RATHBONE.



It's a bit of a juggling act for me, but (hopefully) all five will be…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on September 20, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments

JACKIE GOES TO DIXIE

Barbara Eden says it's "Great reading! Funny! Funny! Funny!"

JACKIE GOES TO DIXIE by Michael B. Druxman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP3ZQBkaCvQ…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on July 4, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

HOLLYWOOD SNAPSHOTS: The Forgotten Interviews

Here is the official press release for my new book, HOLLYWOOD SNAPSHOTS: The Forgotten Interviews.
 
 
Albany, Ga. – BearManor Media announces the release of Hollywood Snapshots The Forgotten Interviews by Michael B.…
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Added by Michael B. Druxman on April 17, 2017 at 6:47am — No Comments

AVA GARDNER

I am pleased to announce (one day before I post it on FB) the latest play (with music) in THE HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS collection.



It's called AVA & HER GUYS.



There are 4 characters: Ava Gardner, Frank Sinatra,…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on February 5, 2017 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Remembering Carole Lombard

Monday, January 16th, marks the 75th anniversary of the death of Carole Lombard in a plane crash outside of Las Vegas.

Monday also marks the 25th anniversary of the debut of my one-woman stage play, LOMBARD.

It opened, under my direction, in the Greater Los Angeles area on January 16, 1992 with Taylor Leigh playing the title role.…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on January 16, 2017 at 8:23am — No Comments

BARBARA PAYTON

Today is the birthday of actress (and my former neighbor) BARBARA PAYTON, who was the central figure in one of the most notorious scandals to hit Hollywood during the 1950s.
 
The sordid and violent events, which also involved actors Franchot Tone and Tom Neal, are dramatized in my stage play, B MOVIE,…
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Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 16, 2016 at 8:37am — No Comments

Happy Birthday, Jerry Giesler!

Today is the birthday of the late Jerry Giesler, Hollywood's renowned criminal attorney, whose clients included Errol Flynn and Lana Turner. Giesler (seen here with Ms. Turner) is a major character in my play, LANA…
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Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 2, 2016 at 7:30am — No Comments

Lana Turner Speaks

Lana Turner speaking in my play, LANA & JOHNNY WERE LOVERS:



"Do you know that Barbara Stanwyck still refuses to talk to me? I’m not sure if it’s because she thinks I broke up her marriage to Bob Taylor, which I didn’t, or because I was a better villainess in THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE than she was in DOUBLE INDEMNITY."…



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Added by Michael B. Druxman on June 6, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

THE LAST MONSTERS (Chaney, Lugosi, Carradine)

Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi and John Carradine gathered together in 1956 to film THE BLACK SLEEP, a final nod to the classic horror films of the 1930s and 40s.  My new stage play, THE LAST MONSTERS, takes place during the making of that picture. …

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on June 1, 2016 at 7:54am — No Comments

Book Signing in Burbank on April 17th

If you are in the Los Angeles area next Sunday (4/17), please stop by Dark Delicacies in Burbank at 2 pm.

I'll be signing copies of MURDER IN BABYLON, my novel based on the William Desmond Taylor murder. 

It would be nice to meet some of you that I've never met face-to-face.

The address is 3512 W. Magnolia Blvd.

See you there.

Added by Michael B. Druxman on April 10, 2016 at 6:09am — 1 Comment

PAUL MUNI is Back-in-Print

Paul Muni was the original SCARFACE.



This Oscar-winning actor (THE STORY OF LOUIS PASTEUR) was also the subject of my first book, which has been OOP for 40 years. Now, BearManor Media has published an updated edition of PAUL MUNI: His Life and His Films, which also contains a new Introduction.



Muni, who starred in such classic…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on April 8, 2016 at 10:50am — No Comments

TCM Blog

Jean Harlow, Mary Dees, and SARATOGA

I watched SARATOGA again last night for the first time in years and still found it very depressing. It is so sad to watch Harlow, clearly weak and listless, playing each scene when you know how sick she is. And every time I saw her double Mary Dees’ back turned to the camera, all I […]

Man’s Castle 1933

Embarrassed to say but I just watched Frank Borzage’s Man’s Castle for the first time this week. Wow, what a movie! Spencer Tracy and Loretta Young are both excellent but the way the movie plows headlong into the plight of desperate people during the despression is remarkable. There are some obvious hard cuts in the movie […]

How’s It Going, Everybody?

Every now and then I stop back in to look at some of the updated comments and I’m surprised, and gladdened, to see that there still are comments! Now, I no longer get paid to post here so this is just a “Hi, how are you?” to everyone who still comments here (so don’t freak […]

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