Category Archives: James Curtis

James Curtis: L.A. Voices — David Lewis, Part 3

There was one wonderful scene, not in the book, that Casey wrote. It contained scraps of things from the book, but it became one of the finest love scenes l ever saw in any film. It takes place on a … Continue reading

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices — David Lewis, Part 2

When we were ready to start the script, Casey, his wife Audrey, and I went to the Phoenix Biltmore to get away for a few days and start conferences on the script. But we had only been there three or … Continue reading

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices — David Lewis, Part 1

David Lewis, courtesy of James Curtis. Editor’s note: The Daily Mirror is pleased to present an excerpt from James Curtis’ 1993 book “The Creative Producer,” a fascinating memoir by David Lewis, edited by Curtis.  It seemed timely to run the … Continue reading

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James Curtis / L.A. Voices: Jules White – Part 7

A reproduction of a poster for the Three Stooges “Half-Wits Holiday” has been listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $6.99. James writes: Here’s another of those interviews I did during a random burst of energy in 1975. This … Continue reading

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Tomorrow on the L.A. Daily Mirror

James Curtis concludes his interview with Jules White and discusses Harry Cohn, the death of Curly Howard and why he retired.

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices – Jules White, Part 6

A photo of Buster Keaton in “Sidewalks of New York” has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $199.95. James writes: Here’s another of those interviews I did during a random burst of energy in 1975. This one took place … Continue reading

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices – Jules White, Part 5

I believe that talent lives with a man until he dies. — Jules White Continue reading

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices – Jules White, Part 4

  Photo: The Senate chambers in “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” was redecorated as a palace for a Three Stooges film. James writes: Here’s another of those interviews I did during a random burst of energy in 1975. This one … Continue reading

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices – Jules White, Part 3

  Photo: The Three Stooges’ “Spooks,” produced and directed by Jules White. James writes: Here’s another of those interviews I did during a random burst of energy in 1975. This one took place a couple of weeks before my previously-posted … Continue reading

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices – Jules White, Part 2

Charlie Chaplin once said to me, “The only other man in this business that I fear, who I think is as funny as anyone I can conceive of or think of, is Lloyd Hamilton.” And he was. And I patterned … Continue reading

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices – Jules White, Part 1

Photo: Jules White in an undated picture. Here’s another of those interviews I did during a random burst of energy in 1975. This one took place a couple of weeks before my previously-posted talk with Dick Lane, and my memory … Continue reading

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The L.A. Daily Mirror Holiday Gift Guide

Here are some recommendations for things that might please a Daily Mirror reader. The out of print books can usually be found on Bookfinder.com. “Spencer Tracy: A Biography,” by Daily Mirror contributor James Curtis. “Hollywoodland,” by Daily Mirror contributor Mary … Continue reading

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Coming Attractions: ‘Spencer Tracy: A Biography’

The Daily Mirror HQ just acquired “Spencer Tracy: A Biography,” by James Curtis, who recently shared his Dick Lane interview in L.A. Voices. The book isn’t officially out yet, but James did a prerelease book signing last week in conjunction … Continue reading

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices – Dick Lane, Part 7

Photo: Spade Cooley, named the honorary mayor of Encino, gives dictation to secretary Gloria Murphy, who is riding his stallion, Golden Nugget, 1954. This is Part 7 of James Curtis’ 1975 interview with Dick Lane. In this segment, Lane discusses … Continue reading

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices – Dick Lane, Part 6

Image: Listening to the radio, Oct. 28, 1945. This is Part 6 of James Curtis’ 1975 interview with Dick Lane. In this segment, Lane discusses Jack Benny, roller derby, professional wrestling and Gorgeous George. James Curtis’ interview with Dick Lane … Continue reading

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices – Dick Lane, Part 5

Photo: Dick Lane with Laurel and Hardy in “The Bullfighters.” This is Part 5 of James Curtis’ 1975 interview with Dick Lane. In this segment, Lane discusses Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, making “Wonder Man” with Danny Kaye and … Continue reading

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Coming Tomorrow: James Curtis’ L.A. Voices – Dick Lane, Part 5

Photo: Dick Lane in “Boom Town.” Coming up tomorrow: Part 5 of James Curtis’ interview with Dick Lane, who discusses Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, making “Wonder Man” with Danny Kaye and televising pro wrestling.

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices – Dick Lane, Part 4

  Photo: Dick Lane in 1947. The woman may be Jane Harvey, who was crowned “Queen of Television Week” in March 1947. Credit: Steve Dichter Collection. This is Part 4 of James Curtis’ 1975 interview with Dick Lane. In this … Continue reading

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices — Dick Lane, Part 3

One of the countless gags in Olsen and Johnson’s “Hellzapoppin’ ” This is Part 3 of James Curtis’ 1975 interview with Dick Lane. In this installment, Lane discusses Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, Jack Benny, Howard Hawks and making “Hellzapoppin’ ” … Continue reading

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James Curtis: L.A. Voices – Dick Lane, Part 2

This is Part 2 of James Curtis’ 1975 interview with Dick Lane. In this segment, Lane discusses his start in films in Los Angeles, making “Union Pacific” with Cecil B. De Mille, Howard Hughes’ takeover of RKO  and making “Boom … Continue reading

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