Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed, and ruggedly handsome, Kirk Douglas is a star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name give to his best-selling 1988 autobiography) of Russian-Jewish ancestry to become a bona fide superstar. Kirk was born Issur Danielovitch Demsky in Amsterdam, New York, in 1916. A list of his films includes The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
Out of the Past (1947)
Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)
I Walk Alone (1948)
The Walls of Jericho (1948)
My Dear Secretary (1949)
A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
Young Man with a Horn (1950)
The Glass Menagerie (1950)
Along the Great Divide (1951)
Ace in the Hole (1951)
Detective Story (1951)
The Big Trees (1952)
The Big Sky (1952)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
The Story of Three Loves (1953)
The Juggler (1953)
Act of Love (1953)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
The Racers (1955)
Man Without a Star (1955)
The Indian Fighter (1955)
Lust for Life (1956)
Top Secret Affair (1957)
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
Paths of Glory (1957)
The Vikings (1958)
Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)
The Devil's Disciple (1959)
Strangers When We Meet (1960)
Town Without Pity (1961)
The Last Sunset (1961)
Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
The Hook (1963)
The List of Adrian Messenger (1963)
For Love or Money (1963)
Seven Days in May (1964)
In Harm's Way (1965)
The Heroes of Telemark (1965)
Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)
Is Paris Burning? (1966)
The Way West (1967)
The War Wagon (1967)
Once Upon a Wheel (1968) (documentary)
A Lovely Way to Die (1968)
The Brotherhood (1968)
The Arrangement (1969)
There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)
To Catch a Spy (1971)
The Light at the Edge of the World (1971)
A Gunfight (1971)
A Man to Respect (1972)
Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough (1975)
Holocaust 2000 (1977)
The Fury (1978)
The Villain (1979)
Saturn 3 (1980)
Home Movies (1980)
The Final Countdown (1980)
The Man from Snowy River (1982)
Eddie Macon's Run (1983)
Tough Guys (1986)
A Century of Cinema (1994) (documentary)
It Runs in the Family (2003)
When I was 7 yrs old my grandmother (being a big fan) took me to see my first Kirk Douglas film, Man Without a Star, and he became my first hero. If you're also a fan, I hope this clip will bring back a lot of fond memories.
Added: 22nd September 2007
Posted By: Naomi
Television evangelists seemed to be in the news for a lot of unholy behavior in the 1980s. In 1988 Jimmy Swaggart got caught with his pants down (literally). Marvin Gorman, another minster, had been exposed by Swaggart in 1986 for having an affair with one of his parishioners. Two years later Gorman got his revenge. Gorman hired a private detective to follow Swaggart. The private eye managed to take incriminating photographs of Swaggart cavorting in a motel with a New Orleans prostitute. Remember Swaggart's tearful confession? Here it is.
Added: 6th December 2007
Posted By: Lava1964
Sex scandals involving evangelists are not new. The first one occurred back in 1926, when the leading radio evangelist of the day, Aimee Semple McPherson, was allegedly involved in a doozy with a married man. On May 18, 1926, the 35-year-old McPherson arrived at Ocean Park Beach in California with her secretary for a day of swimming. Shortly after their arrival, McPherson disappeared. McPherson's mother delivered a sermon that night in place of Aimee and informed the congregation that Aimee was 'with Jesus.' The following day, hundreds of concerned parishioners ventured to Ocean Park Beach to look for their beloved Sister Aimee. One parishioner drowned and another died of exposure in the unsuccessful search. Not long after Aimee vanished, Kenneth G. Ormiston, the married engineer of the radio station McPherson owned, also disappeared. Five weeks later, Aimee emerged from the Mexican desert in a town just across the border from Douglas, Arizona. She claimed she had been kidnapped, drugged, tortured, and held for ransom in a shack. Aimee further stated she had escaped from her captors and walked 13 hours through the desert to freedom. Her story was implausible, to say the least. No shack was ever found. Aimee's shoes showed no signs of a 13-hour desert trek. (Moreover, they had grass stains on them!) She was last seen wearing a bathing suit, but reappeared in a dress and wearing a wristwatch she hadn't taken to the beach. Several witnesses claimed they had seen McPherson with Ormiston at various motels during the 35 days she was missing. McPherson and her mother were eventually charged with obstruction of justice, but the charges were dropped early the following year.
Added: 15th December 2007
Posted By: Lava1964
If you bought a ticket to see the first-ever public exhibition of motion pictures, in a Parisian cafe in 1895, this is one of the short films you saw: The Arrival of A Train at La Ciotat. According to a popular urban legend, the audience apparently shrieked in horror when the train got closer, thinking it was coming through the screen at them.
Added: 6th January 2008
Posted By: Lava1964
It's back...by popular demand...the next Lava Quiz! This one deals with the year 1927. Turn back the clock 81 years and give it a try.
1. Who was president of the United States?
2. Who was on the British throne?
3. Gene Tunney defended his world heavyweight title against Jack Dempsey. Who won the fight and why is it so famous?
4. This infamous resident of Fall River, Massachusetts died. Her gravestone simply says 'Lizbeth.' Who was she?
5. The Academy Awards were created. What film won the Oscar for best picture?
6. These two anarchists were executed for a 1921 crime that many people believed they did not commit. Name them.
7. Babe Ruth broke his own record of 59 home runs for a season by swatting 60. Who was the pitcher who surrendered Ruth's historic 60th home run?
8. Charles Lindbergh made history by flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris. He did so to win a prize. What was the name of the prize and how much money did Lindbergh win?
9. Gutzon Borglum began work on this project on October 4, 1927. What was the project?
10. She was arrested for violating morals laws by appearing in a show called 'Sex' and making suggestive comments. Name her.
Added: 14th February 2008
Posted By: Lava1964
This is a shot from the 1935 black and white movie starring Irene Dunne as a deposed White Russian princess who has become a famed Parisian couturier. Dunne is the partner of "Roberta" (Helen Westley), who passes away, leaving her half of the business to American football player Randolph Scott—who of course knows next to nothing about the gown business, and couldn't care less anyway.
Keep an eye out for a blond Lucille Ball as a fashion model. . .
Added: 3rd April 2008
Posted By: Teresa
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