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G.I. Joe Sgt. Slaughter Promotion Tags: G.I.  Joe  Sgt.  Slaughter  Promotion 
Added: 23rd August 2007
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Posted By: Cliffy
Fatty Arbuckle Scandal 1921 One of the most tragic figures in movie history was Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle. Arbuckle was among the most popular actors in silent comedies when his career abruptly ended in scandal. He was accused of sexually assaulting small-time actress Virginia Rappe at a party at a San Francisco hotel on Labor Day 1921. Rappe died shortly thereafter of a ruptured bladder, presumably caused by Arbuckle forcing himself on her. There was also an apocryphal story of Rappe being raped with a champagne or a cola bottle. A post-mortem on Rappe's body found no signs of sexual assault whatsoever. Rappe was hardly the virginal victim the popular press portrayed her to be. She had recently undergone one of her several illegal abortions. Rappe was also suffering from a chronic illness that was exacerbated by her taste for poor-quality Prohibition booze. Based solely on malicious gossip, Arbuckle was tried three times for manslaughter and spent nearly $700,000 on legal fees. The first two trials resulted in hung juries. (The first trial ended with the jury voting 10-2 in favor of acquittal. The second one, in which Arbuckle's lawyer advised him not to take the stand, was 9-3 in favor of conviction.) One juror from the first trial later noted that a fellow female juror, a radical feminist, announced that she had no intention of considering the evidence or looking at the transcipt of the testimoney because she had an unassailable preconceived notion of Arbuckle's guilt. At the third trial, the jury deliberated for just six minutes before returning with a unanimous not guilty verict. The jury also insisted that a formal apology to Arbuckle be read into the official transcript of the trial. Most film history buffs believe Arbuckle was innocent and was the victim of malicious prosecution. Nevertheless his acting career pretty much ended because of the adverse publicity. Despite the acquittal, film distributors refused to carry Arbuckle comedies. He directed films under an assumed name and was just beginning to make an acting comeback when died of heart failure in 1933 at age 46.
Tags: Roscoe  Fatty  Arbuckle  scandal 
Added: 16th November 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
America Comes of Age The Korean War America Comes of Age - The Korean War Like Lambs to the Slaughter US defense spending had reached a modern day low. The military was ill-prepared and ill-equipped, those in authority embraced questionable doctrines. From a post World War II soft life in Japan, with servants to wash their clothes and shine their boots, these American youth were suddenly uprooted and flung into harm's way. There was no "Remember Pearl Harbor." The North Korean People's Army was on a roll. The North Korean People's Army had invaded the Republic of Korea in South Korea only 11 days earlier and overwhelmed the ill-equipped Republic of Korea armed forces. The North Korean People's Army steamrolled into Seoul, driving refugees and regrouping Republic of Korea Army units before it, clogging roads and throwing the countryside into a panic. The invasion caught General Douglas MacArthur and his Far East Command and Eighth Army by surprise, despite recent intelligence reports that North Korea was planning for an attack on the Republic of Korea. General MacArthur had disregarded the reports, saying he did not believe war with North Korea was imminent. The events that unfolded on the Korean peninsula some 45 years ago offer a telling reminder of what happens when a force goes to war unprepared. Disaster lurks around every bend. Facing a force of 130,000 NKP soldiers, 3,000 Soviet advisors, a full array of heavy weapons, aircraft and the formidable T-34/85, arguably the best tank to come out of World War II. American GIs fought bravely at times. At other times when confronted with overwhelming, numerically superior forces, they "bugged-out" to the rear, cursing their government for sending them to this stinking, God-forsaken place where human feces were used to fertilize the land. Photos The Library of Congress The Korean War National Museum U.S. Army Center of Military History Democratic People's Republic of Korea Audio Clips The Library of Congress - Veterans History Project Wessel's Living History Farm Music Perry Como Far Away Places Aaron Copeland Fanfare for the Common Man John Williams Saving Private Ryan Omaha beach Hymn to the Fallen conceived and produced by: Dale Caruso For more information about the Korean War http://www.army.mil/cmh/ http://www.korea50.mil/ http://americanradioworks.publicradio... http://www.paulnoll.com/Korea/index.html http://www.loc.gov/vets/ http://www.koreanwar.org/html/units/2...
Tags: Korean    War    1950 
Added: 25th September 2008
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Posted By: dalecaruso
Cocoanut Grove Fire 1942 On Saturday, November 28, 1942 Boston's Cocoanut Grove nightclub was the site of one of the deadliest fires in American history. The night spot was owned by Barney Welansky who had connections to both the mayor and organized crime. It was quaintly reminiscent of Rick's Cafe Americain in the movie Casablanca--but its highly flammable tropical-style furniture and decorations made it a firetrap. There were more than 1,000 people inside although the legal capacity was 460. The fire is believed to have started when a busboy attempted to replace a light bulb in the dimly lit Melody Lounge in the lower level. He struck a match to help him see. Shortly thereafter patrons saw the palm fronds from a nearby artificial tree ignite. The fire rapidly spread along the walls and ceiling. Within five minutes the entire nightclub was ablaze. Many patrons attempted to exit through the revolving main door which quickly became jammed. Some secondary doors had been welded shut to prevent customers from leaving without paying their tabs. Other doors swung inward and made escape nearly impossible due to the crush of the crowd. All told, 492 people perished. Among the fatalities were Cowboy movie star Buck Jones and a couple who had been married earlier that same day. Welansky was convicted on multiple counts of involuntary manslaughter.
Tags: Cocoanut  Grove  Fire  1942 
Added: 29th September 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
All Quiet on the Western Front - Battle Scene One of the most powerful scenes ever filmed: The battle scene from All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) that shows the vast slaughter that was the trademark of nearly every First World War battle. Presumably because it humanized the German soldiers, this film was banned in France until 1963! After more than 80 years, the images have lost none of their impact.
Tags: All  Quiet  on  the  Western  Front  WWI 
Added: 17th March 2013
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Posted By: Lava1964

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