May 30, 1944
Dear younger readers,
Memorial Day (created as Decoration Day, a time to place flowers on the graves of Civil War veterans) used to be May 30, until Congress decided in 1968 that a three-day weekend was more important, moving the date to the last Monday in May, effective in 1971.
Today we have cartoonist Edmund Waller “Ted” Gale’s drawing from the Los Angeles Examiner, published in the Milwaukee Sentinel. Also notice the Bible passage, which was typical for newspapers in this era.
HOLLYWOOD, May 29 – They do a lot of talking about Jacques Tourneur on the RKO lot, where he is an important director. When Gregory Peck heard Tourneur was to direct “Experiment Perilous,” he was interested at once. Tourneur had directed Peck in “Days of Glory” and Peck was eager to make another picture for him.
Some lineup Charlie Koerner has for “Experiment Perilous” — Hedy Lamarr as the feminine star and Paul Lukas, Academy Award winner, in the other top role. Bob Fellows will produce the picture.