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‘Mort Sahl: Last Man Standing’ by James Curtis

Folks, please give a little love to the publication today of “Last Man Standing,” James Curtis’ new biography of Mort Sahl, who transformed standup comedy from mother-in-law gags to cutting political commentary. James, known for his biographies of W.C. Fields, … Continue reading

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Daily Mirror Holiday Gift Guide

December is upon us and as usual, we will be offering a few gift suggestions – some new, some retro — for the holiday season. And as is our tradition, we will be repost the retro drinking guide leading up … Continue reading

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James Curtis: William Cameron Menzies — The Shape of Films to Come

We had lunch recently with James Curtis, who showed us a copy of his upcoming biography: “William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come,” to be released Nov. 17. James is justly proud of his book, which is the … Continue reading

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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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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 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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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 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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James Curtis: L.A. Voices

Photo: Dick Lane and Helen Wallace in “Sioux City Sue,” 1946. In 1975, while still in college, I did a short series of interviews. There was no real purpose to these, other than they were with people who interested me … Continue reading

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Coming Attractions: L.A. Voices by James Curtis

Photo: Dick Lane and Helen Wallace in “Sioux City Sue,” 1946. Coming up Wednesday: Biographer James Curtis shares his interviews in L.A. Voices, beginning with Part 1 of a 1975 Q&A with actor Dick Lane.

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