Friday, September 19, 2014

Guess Who I Am


I’m an American actor born in California in 1922
 
I was discovered while I was in the Coast Guard.
 
I took my screen name from a popular bakery mfg.
 
I appeared in over 85 films and TV appearances among which were 9 Euro-westerns.
 
I died in 1996.

RIP Avraham Heffner

Israeli film, television director, screenwriter and actor  Avraham Heffner died Friday September 19th in Tel Aviv. He was 79. Avraham had a small role in the Euro-TV film Carlos (1971).

The Wandering Beast

La bête errante – French title
The Wandering Beast – English title
 
A 1931 French production [Pathé-Natan (Paris)]
Producer: ?
Director: Marco de Gastyne (Marco Benoist)
Story: Louis-Frederic Rouquette
Screenplay: Marco de Gastyne (Marco Benoist)
Cinematography: Georges Asselin Brun [black & white]
Music: Fred Barlow
Running time: 84 minutes
 
Cast:
Gregory – Gabriel Gabrio (Edouard Lelievre)
Hurricane – Maurice Maillot
Villi Kins – Os-Ko-Mon
Flossie – Choura Milena (Ludmilla Barache)
Daisy/Dolly Moore – Jacqueline Torrent
With: Emile Denois, Andrews Engelmann (Andre Engelmann), Alberte Gallé, Teddy Michaud (Eugène Michaud), Germaine Michel
 
In Alaska, a young man named Hurricane goes looking for gold for his fiancée. When he returns to her, he finds she did not wait for him and has married another man. He returns to the mountains and to the sweet Flossie he knew in a saloon and is able to appreciate her true love.
 
In the living room where the gold diggers waiting, having fun, the end of the snowstorm, a stranger burst. This man stands adventurers in manners and language. It does not take long for they seek a quarrel. But the unknown response with such energy that gross tamed, and saluted the cheering of the name that will now be his: "Hurricane" which means storm. The bells of a sleigh. Everyone rushes to the front of Gregory postman who delivers his mail. Hurricane has his letter tucked it in his pocket without reading it and when Gregory is preparing to head back to the north, he asked her a place in his sleigh. During this trip a strong friendship develops between the two men. Concession he bought Hurricane bored after leaving the postman, despite the dedication of its domestic Indian friend Billi Kias and affection of Flossie, the little Russian prostitute he saved during a brawl .A huge nostalgia and reminds back, to resist, when Gregory returned without bringing him letters, he sinks in the North with his friend, and taking Flossie prayers which he could not resist. The dog team carries them at night but snow squalls cause them to lose track and wandering here in "the great white silence." Their mutual affection is powerless against the storm and they sleep a night dan snow without hope of ever meet. Resigned to death the two young men to confess to each other with Grégory confidant. Flossie confesses his love in Hurricane and it reveals that he went to conquer fortune to get the hand of a rich fiancée, Daisy, which leaves no news and is probably tired of waiting his return? the shroud of snow thickens on the agony of three misplaced. But they will be miraculously saved by trappers whose approach was reported by dogs. Much better, Gregory discovered in a fold of her bag the letter qu'Hurricane despaired of receiving. Unfortunately this letter that it does not show the content of his companions suddenly the young man decides to give up everything to return to the south. Before leaving his two friends who escorted him to the first town, he spent with them last night in a movie theater. And suddenly recognizes Hurricane on the screen, playing a languid scene, his own bride in the spotlight of the film. Seized by a sudden madness, he took his gun and shoots the image. A fight ensues and leads outside Hurricane Flossie injured. Cared for by it he returned soon after touching separation, leaving his concession to his tender nurse. His happiness is there, far away, near Daisy ... Flossie looks from. A huge tear grinds her little heart. She also thinks happiness, infinite sweetness of love, to be loved? Sadly, it goes back to the North, to the cold, to the deserts of desolation. She will be more alone than ever, alone with the tender and bruised both remember, the one that just passed away sadly, that will not come back, perhaps?

Happy 85th Birthday Walter Beck

Walter Beck was born on September 19, 1929 in Mannheim, Baden Württemberg, Germany. His family moved to Berlin in 1937 and after graduating from school which he attended from 1948 to 1951 studying directing at DEFA Studio and then worked as an assistant director in the field of synchronous and documentary. He was an assistant director 1951-52 at the DEFA Studio for Feature Films, where he assisted director Otto Meyer on “Schatten über den Inseln and Richard Nicolas on “Anna Susanna”. From 1952 to 1954 he moved to the DEFA Studio for newsreels and documentaries and assisted Herbert Ballmann on “Blaue Wimpel im Sommerwind”. His first production came in 1953 with the documentary “Herren der Felder”, then in 1954 he switched to DEFA feature films, where he assisted such well-known directors as Hans Müller, Slatan Dudow, Artur Pohl, Richard Groschopp, Kurt Jung-Alsen and Martin Hellberg.
 
1958 Beck was a staff film director at the DEFA film studio in Potsdam-Babelsberg. His feature film debut was “Claudia” in 1959, and the sequel film “Der neue Fimmel” (1959/1960) he produced mainly for a younger audience, and soon became a popular children's film-director for DEFA. Later, Beck staged then some children’s films such as 1965’s “Grimms König Drosselbart” with Manfred Krug in the lead role, “Sleeping Beauty” (1971), “Der Prinz hinter den sieben Meeren” (1982), “Der Bärenhäuter” (1986) and the “Frog Prince” (1988). In addition, Beck was, next to Gunter Friedrich, one of the key representatives of the political children's film in the GDR, the described historical events and class struggle from the perspective of children. These films were set in the time of the Peasants' War, the Mexican Revolution, the October Revolution, the Weimar Republic and the German fascism belong “Als Martin 14” (1964), “Käuzchenkuhle” (1968), “The Red Horseman” (1970) and “Des Henkers Bruder” (1979) and the Euro-western “Trini” (aka “Death for Zapata”) (1976) from a children's book by Ludwig Renn. In 1989/1990 he made his last film, “Der Streit um des Esels Schatten”, based on the novel The Abderites of Christoph Martin Wieland.
 
In addition to film work, Beck also worked as a theater director at theaters in Schwerin, Zwickau and Erfurt, but also as a reciter and from 1984 to 1989 as president of the National Children's and Youth Film Festival "Golden Sparrow" in Gera.
 
Today we celebrate Walter Beck’s 85th birthday.

Remembering Kreso Grčević

Kresmir ‘Krešo’ Grčević was born on September 19, 1924 in Zagreb, Croatia. Grčević completed his studies in film making in 1943. He begins his career as a camera assistant and soon became a photographic reporter in the military administration in Opatija and Film News in Montenegro. After returning to Zagreb he photographs short stories and documentaries. His greatest achievements were the cinematography of short film “Professor Budalastov  by Octavian Miletic and Branko Marjanovic in 1948, filmed in one take and the documentary by Branko Belan “Tunolovci” also in 1948.
 
His work on feature films begins as an assistant on Octavian Miletic movies Fedora Hanžekovića “Bakonja Br Brna” (1951), “Svoga tela gospodar” (1957), “Koncert” (1954) by Branko Belan and “Jubilej gospodina Ikla” by Vatroslav Mimica, (1955). Independent films Veljko Bulajića “Vlak bez voznog reda” (1959), “Rat” (1960), “Uzavreli grad” (1961), “Pogled u zjenicu sunca” (1966), “Veliko suđenje” by Fedor Skubonja (1961) and “Iluzija” by Krsto Papic (1967).
 
Krešo was a co-cinematographer on only one Euro-western “Flaming Frontier” (1965).
 
In all his movies Kresimir Grčević demonstrated as a cameraman extraordinary abilities, especially when it comes to framing and the composition of light. As an experienced professional who knew the technique and art, he began being employed in a number of co-produced films. Among the rare filmmakers in Croatian cinema who tried his hand at shooting in widescreen systems, versions of CinemaScope and in Totalvision such as the film “Vlak bez voznog reda”. It is particularly noted his photography in the film “Pogled u zjenicu sunca” where he demonstrated a very expressive photographic naturalism. On Zagreb TV he worked from 1969 recordin television dramas, educational films and TV series. After retirement, for several years he worked at the Academy of Dramatic Arts as the head of film techniques where he shared his knowledge and experience to helping students of film and television cinematography.
 
Kresimir died in Zagreb, Croatia on September 15, 1992.
 
Today we remember cinematographer Kresimir Grčević on what would have been his 90th birthday.

Remembering José Suárez

José Suárez Sánchez was born on September 19, 1919 in Trueba, Asturias, Spain. He made his film debut in a short role in “Altar Mayor” (1944), a very conventional film, whose director, Gonzalo Delgrás, who had discovered him working as a train conductor in Asturias. He played increasingly important roles in other Delgrás's movies and by 1948 was already a lead actor.
 
He then became very popular in Spain during the late 1940s and early 1950s, as one of the main heartthrobs of the Spanish cinema, along with his contemporaries Francisco Rabal, Jorge Mistral and Alfredo Mayo. Nevertheless he performed remarkably in three outstanding dramas, namely “Brigada criminal” (1950), “Condenados” (1953) and “Así es Madrid” (1953), in the screen version of Buero Vallejo`s most famous play, “Historia de una escalera” (1950), and in the historical production “Alba de América” (1951), playing King Fernando el Católico. He portrayed Zorro in the Euro-western “Lawless mountain” (1953), making him the first Spanish actor in the role. He also co-starred with the popular Andalusian gypsy singer and dancer Lola Flores in “La danza de los deseos” (1954), directed by the most prestigious veteran Spanish film-maker, Florián Rey.
 
In 1956, his lead role in the internationally acclaimed “Calle Mayor” provided him with the opportunity to work in Italy with well-known film directors as Luigi Zampa in “The Magistrate”, with Claudia Cardinale, and Francesco Rosi in “La sfida”, starring with Rosanna Schiaffino. He gradually lost his popularity in his home country, despite still appearing in the 1960s in some interesting Spanish movies, such as “A tiro limpio” (1963) or “La boda” (1964).
 
Despite appearing too in two successful mainstream Italian films: “Scano Boa” (1961) and “Sette uomini d'oro” (1965), eventually he specialized in the Spanish-Italian sword and sandal and spaghetti westerns movies, the most interesting of all them being “The Price of Power” (1969). He even played the lead in “El Llanero” (1964), one of the first films directed by the infamous master of the sexually charged horror films, Jesús Franco.
 
In the 1970's he appeared on National Spanish television in a few series, including a Spanish-Italian coproduction on the life of Cristóbal Colón.
 
His last film was “La trastienda” (1975), an artistically dispensable but sociologically significant Spanish picture, coincident with the end of Franco era in Spain.
 
Suárez was for many years president of the Spanish Actors Union.
 
He died of natural causes on August 6, 1981, in Moreda, Asturias, Spain.
 
Today we remember José Suárez on what would have been his 95th birthday.

Remembering Gennarino Pappagalli

Gennarino Pappagalli was born Primo Di Gennaro on September 19, 1909 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He begins to appear in films during the 1970s in various supporting and character roles in numerous films , including such Euro-westerns as “Gunman in Town”, ( 1970 ), “The Magnificent West”, ( 1972 ), by Gianni Crea.
 
In the following years, thanks to the particular features of his face, he quickly became an interpreter of roles of wealthy men or senior executives in a variety of films, even being "branded" as a look-alike of the lawyer Giovanni Agnelli, former president of FIAT. The best-known films in which he took part were the “Cat O 'Nine Tails”, (1971), by Dario Argento and “Fantozzi contro tutti”, (1980), for Neri Parenti.
 
Gennarino appeared in eleven Euro-westerns. Besides those mentioned above his other well-known westerns were: “Return of Sabata” (1971), “Man of the East” (1972), “Deaf Smith and Johnny Ears” (1973).
 
The last film in which he appeared was in 1983’s, “I predatori di Atlantide” from then on he has dropped out of sight and there had been no news of him until his death on August 9, 1990 in Rome.
 
Today we remember Gennarino Pappagalli on what would have been his 105th birthday.