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SOME MORE RECENTLY UNEARTHED BITS & PIECES ABOUT CROTON NOTABLES:
WILLIAM GROPPER, LENORE ULRIC, FAY BAINTER, AND JACKIE GLEASON
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First up, click on the Plattsburgh 1935 article to the about Croton artist William Gropper who also did cartoon work for Vanity Fair and earlier in life, for THE MASSES. (The magazine and Gropper had insulted the Emperor of Japan with one of his cartoons.) YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT GROPPER HERE
He's followed by a 1929 publicity ad for Croton's Lenore Ulric in the talkie, "South Sea Rose".
South Sea Rose was an American comedy-drama film distributed by the Fox Film Corporation and produced and directed by Allan Dwan.
This picture was Dwan's second collaboration with star Lenore Ulric.
Their first was Frozen Justice and like Frozen Justice, this film is now presumed lost.
Next up from the Summer 1938 edition of Hollywood Magazine, a blurb about Croton's Fay Bainter.
Bainter had just been signed to a long term contract and was off to Hollywood. She would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress beside Bette Davis and Henry Fonda in Jezebel.
For those who don't know, Jezebel was directed by William Wyler and tells the story of a headstrong young Southern woman during the antebellum period whose actions cost her the man she loves. It really is an excellent film and can often be found on TCM. Read more about it here. Both Davis and Bainter deserved their Academy Awards.
NEXT UP, from our own Jackie Gleason--also a musician in his own right--Probably the most popular, iconic mood music album ever made, Jackie
Gleason's Music for Lovers, 1952--this is a great mid-century modern cover--but back to the music--the album "set the stage for untold imitators to
come with its evocative album artwork and lush, sweeping soundscapes.
Released as a 10" LP in 1952, it set the record which still stands! For
most weeks in the Top Ten Album charts at 153, and hit the charts yet
again in 1955 when it was released as a 12" LP. But here is where the
history of Music for Lovers Only becomes, like most romances,
complicated." TO READ MORE OF THE REVIEW AT AMAZON---WHERE IT IS BEING OFFERED AS A RE-ISSUE--CLICK HERE
To see the last edition of MORE RECENTLY UNEARTHED BITS & PIECES ABOUT CROTON NOTABLES GLORIA SWANSON, PATRICIA BENOIT SWIFT, BENJAMIN BOTKIN AND CLIFFORD B. HARMON, CLICK HERE