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Warren William & Ida Lupino in The Lone Wolf Spy (1939).

"I’m mad, they say. I am temperamental and dizzy and disagreeable. Well, let them talk. Only one person can hurt me. Her name is Ida Lupino." — Ida Lupino


Actor Clark Gable of “Gone With The Wind” fame was a frequent visitor to Jungleland — then called Goebel’s Lion Farm. Gable had many Ventura County connections, including frequenting the Colonial House in Oxnard and golfing at Saticoy Country Club. (via)

Actor Clark Gable of “Gone With The Wind” fame was a frequent visitor to Jungleland — then called Goebel’s Lion Farm. Gable had many Ventura County connections, including frequenting the Colonial House in Oxnard and golfing at Saticoy Country Club. (via)

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Annette [Funicello] was the last person anybody at Disney’s or ABC would have picked [for the Mickey Mouse Club]. She had a nice smile and a sweet personality and that was all. She lacked the talent for the elaborate routines all those kids on the first team were chosen for.” — anonymous studio exec in 1977.

Newspaper reporter Jerry Bowles wrote, “What Annette Funicello had (and this is the basis of her peculiar magic) were the qualities of honesty, sweetness, spirituality, and, alas, virginity that most typified the aspirations and presumed moral ambiance of that era. She was an absolute perfect embodiment of the 1950s ideal — the girl next door whom you would never try to get to go all the way because she was a good girl and you wanted to marry her someday and make babies.”

Fellow Mouseketeer Tommy Cole said, “Annette was hand-picked by Disney. That’s why she went so far. She was just a plain, flat-chested little girl in the beginning.”

Source: “Annette Idolized Disney; Lonnie Didn’t” by Jerry Bowles, January 4, 1977.

"I loved acting, but my agents never brought me scripts. I was worth a lot more to them on the road." — Peggy Lee

Here’s a fun clip. It’s Peggy Lee singing “He’s a Tramp.”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO3hrVaVzP0

"In a few months, or a year at the outside, swing music will be forgotten by everybody except a few orchestras. You can notice the swing back to musical sanity everywhere. A year ago, most of the music on the air was swing, but now there’s a better balance. The sweet stuff’s coming back, with emphasis on melody." — Irving Berlin in 1939.

Source: Columnist Paul Harrison

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5UsQslkZQg

"It’s a sensational break, but I’m getting fed up on the broken-English I get to speak in the movies. After all, this makes the fourth movie I’ve made, and I’ve yet to say a line of good, old American." — Susan Cabot, a Boston native, upon being cast in The Battle of Apache Pass (1952).