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Maureen Connolly Training for Comeback - 1954 Nine-time Grand Slam tennis champion Maureen Connolly is featured in this newsreel clip training for an attempted comeback in late 1954 or early 1955. Five months earlier, just after winning her third successive Wimbledon singles title, 19-year-old "Little Mo" had her right leg horribly fractured in a horseback riding accident. (Look at the awful surgical scar!) This clip shows Connolly steadfastly working to try to regain her leg strength and agility through a regimen of ballet, tap dancing and tennis drills. Despite her optimistic statement at the end of this clip, Connolly's comeback never materialized. Connolly was unsatisfied with her progress and felt she could never regain her championship form. In April 1955 she abandoned her return to tennis.
Tags: Maureen  Connolly  tennis  comeback  attempt 
Added: 18th September 2017
Views: 108
Posted By: Lava1964
Maureen Connolly - Tragic Tennis Star You can watch tennis for the next hundred years and you'll never witness anyone match the dominance that Maureen (Little Mo) Connolly had at the majors between 1951 and 1954. She entered nine Grand Slam singles events--and won every one. Connolly first took up tennis at the age of 10 at San Diego's public courts. Although she was naturally left-handed, her first coach, Wilbur Folsom, converted Connolly to a right-hander. She became an excellent baseline player who, despite her small 5'5" frame, could strike powerful shots with either her backhand or her forehand. By the time Connolly was 14, she was the junior (under 18) female champion of the United States. She began competing in adult events shortly thereafter. Connolly won Forest Hills (the amateur-era forerunner of the US Open) just before her 17th birthday in 1951. In 1952 Connolly won both Wimbledon and Forest Hills. She didn't enter the French or Australian championships. In 1953, however, Connolly entered all four major championships and took them all, becoming the first female to achieve the calendar Grand Slam--a feat that's only been equaled twice in all the years since. In capturing the Grand Slam, Connolly lost just a single set in the four tourneys (to Susan Chatrier in a quarterfinal match in Paris). Entering the 1953 Wimbledon final, Connolly had only dropped eight games in five matches! At the Australian Championships, Connolly only lost 10 games in six matches before the final! Connolly began 1954 just as strongly. She successfully defended both her French and Wimbledon titles. Sadly, about two weeks after her third successive Wimbledon triumph, Connolly was badly injured in a horseback riding mishap when her horse was spooked by a passing cement truck. Her right leg was so badly fractured that it was nearly amputated. She was not quite 20 years old but her tennis career was over. In her nine Grand Slam singles finals, Connolly dropped just one set--and that was in her first one. Shortly after announcing her retirement from competitive tennis in 1955, Connolly married Norman Brinker, who had been a member of the American equestrian team at the 1952 Olympics. They had two daughters. Connolly was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1966. She battled the disease for three years before succumbing to it on June 21, 1969. She was just 34 years old.
Tags: tennis  Maureen  Connolly  grand  slam  champion 
Added: 17th September 2017
Views: 126
Posted By: Lava1964
Rhonda Fleming on Whats My Line - 1955 Beautiful red-headed screen star Rhonda Fleming is the mystery guest on an episode of What's My Line? from April 10, 1955. Clearly panelist Bennett Cerf is thrilled by her presence. Apart from the obvious reason, Cerf often wrongly guessed Fleming was the mystery challenger on several earlier episodes when she wasn't.
Tags: Rhonda  Fleming  WML 
Added: 23rd June 2017
Views: 162
Posted By: Lava1964
McDonalds Prices - 1950s A typical McDonald's meal wouldn't even cost you half a dollar in the 1950s--as these prices from a newspaper ad prove.
Tags: McDonalds  prices  1950s 
Added: 15th May 2017
Views: 370
Posted By: Lava1964
Bannister-Landy Miracle Mile 1954 One of the most famous track-and-field events of all time occurred on August 7, 1954. In May 1954 England's 25-year-old Roger Bannister became the first runner to record a sub-four-minute mile when he ran a 3:59.4 race at Oxford. About six weeks later, Australia's John Landy, age 24, claimed the world record by running the mile in an unheard of 3:58 flat in Finland. The two men would meet head-to-head in the British Empire Games in Vancouver in August 1954 in a race as eagerly anticipated as any in history. Landy had a reputation for establishing an insurmountable early lead in races and coasting to wins. Bannister, however, was known for possessing a strong finishing kick. This rare clip is from the CBC archives in Canada; it shows the entire race. Two things to watch: Look at how the front-running Landy constantly looks behind him to see where Bannister is. Also notice that every activity on the infield came to a standstill as all eyes were glued to the "Miracle Mile" race unfolding on the track.
Tags: Miracle  Mile  Roger  Bannister  John  Landy  Vancouver  British  Empire  Games 
Added: 12th October 2016
Views: 638
Posted By: Lava1964
Jack Benny - Gisele Mackenzie From the era when comedy was clean and creative, Jack Benny and Gisele MacKenzie play a memorable violin duet of Getting to Know You. (This clip was part of a CBS tribute program to Jack Benny shortly after he died.)
Tags: Jack  Benny  Gisele  MacKenzie  violin  duet 
Added: 22nd August 2016
Views: 753
Posted By: Lava1964
Lucy and the Hammock From a 1959 episode of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour titled Lucy Goes To Alaska, Lucy has more than her share of trouble climbing into a hammock. Keep in mind that Lucy was 48 years old in 1959. Those violent tumbles from the hammock must have hurt!
Tags: Lucy  hammock  Lucy-Desi  Comedy  Hour 
Added: 27th April 2016
Views: 1103
Posted By: Lava1964
Bob  Hope James Cagney Dance Routine When movie stars were multi-talented! From the 1955 movie The Seven Little Foys, Bob Hope and James Cagney--both in their fifties when this film was made--perform an impressive dance routine.
Tags: Bob  Hope  James  Cagney  dance  routine   
Added: 14th February 2016
Views: 1467
Posted By: Lava1964
Jim Hensons Violent Wilkins Coffee Commercials Jim Henson Ad Agency produced 179 ten second spots for Wilkins Coffee during the late 50's.
Tags: Jim  Henson 
Added: 28th January 2016
Views: 1049
Posted By: Cathy
Gary Moore In An Unusual Commercial Tags: Gary  Moore  For  Unusual  Commercial  Potsy  Plays  Good  Winston  Taste  Good  Hopscotch  I've  Got  A  Secret  Game  Show  No  Truth  in  advertising 
Added: 26th January 2016
Views: 1198
Posted By: Cliffy

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