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Remembering Dorothy Lamour - Singer and Actress

She was a lady of quality, beauty and class - Bob Hope Dorotyh 'Dottie' Lamour may not be that highly appreciated for her talent as an actress but, sure, she was one of those glamorous and most celebrated film stars of her time. Sadly though, only a few, if any, remember her today. Mary Leta Dorothy  was born on December 10, 1914 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her mother was twice a divorcee, first when she was still a preteen and second, when she was already in her early teens. She took her mom's second husband's surname from whom her mom divorced later. She witnessed her mom's hardship raising her so she dropped out of school soon after, at the age of 15, by forging the signature of her mother. Her desire to earn her keep landed her in a beauty contest in 1931 which she handily won as Miss New Orleans. She always wanted to become a singer but when her mother moved to Chicago, she ended up as an elevator operator instead, earning a measly $17 a

Fort Laramie Old Time Radio Show

Westerns have always been a part of American popular mythology and entertainment. Westerns were an important genre of the early pulp novels. They became a staple of movies from the time of the earliest silent films, and their relatively low production cost kept them a favorite of the studios. When TV advanced enough to take advantage of outdoor shots, Westerns became a favorite of the small screen, as well. x Radio westerns were mostly Cereal Serials, on going after school sagas for the youth audience. Westerns for grown ups took off during the 1950s. There had been Westerns on the radio that were more serious than the kiddie Westerns, but Gunsmoke , premiering in 1952, was the first Western specifically for a grown-up audience. The audiences for these grown-up Westerns were the younger brothers and sisters of the Greatest Generation who had fought the  Second World War . The Hard Boiled, noirish detectives had been immensely popular immediately after the war, but aud

Were Capt Lee Quince and TV's Perry Mason 'Light in the Loafers'?

During the Golden Age of Hollywood, if you were a success you could get away with almost anything. Drinking problem? The studio will send someone to clean up your mess. Does a studio executive take advantage of starlets on the casting couch? Well, a girl has to be willing to do what it takes to get ahead. Have a problem gambling? The mob holds a major stake in the studios, so if you are a big enough Star your debts will simply go away. It was not that Hollywood was above the law, but the studio system was just very good at presenting the best image at all times. The one thing that was unforgivable in the Golden Age of Hollywood was "sexual deviancy", especially for a man to be romantically involved with another man. There were rumors of lesbian "sewing circles" in and around the showbiz community; while not acceptable behavior, 'sewing circle friends' would not face the level of persecution heaped upon a homosexual male whose 'proclivities' we