SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
4:00 p.m., RETRO TV MARATHON
For those arriving early and looking to watch a few rarely-seen and almost forgotten gems of the 1950s and 1960s, we will be screening half-hour episodes of shows we would almost wager you never saw before. Celebrities will include John Wayne, Errol Flynn, Basil Rathbone, Cloris Leachman, Vera Miles, Alan Young, Marie Windsor, Peter Lawford, Ward Bond, Evelyn Ankers, Zeus Pitts, Buster Keaton, Robert Ryan, Rory Calhoun, Yvonne DeCarlo, and many others!
8:00 p.m., PRIEST-KILLER (1971)
This made-for-TV movie stars Raymond Burr as Ironside, a cross-over from his weekly TV series. The crime caper was the pilot for a new series, produced by Burr, titled SARGE. To encourage viewers to tune into the new series, it was promoted that Raymond Burr would be reprising his role as Ironside in the film. So if you thought you saw every episode of IRONSIDE, try this Sunday night cross-over event!
10:00 p.m., SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER (1977)
Starring Jane Seymour, Patrick Troughton, Taryn Power and weekend guest Patrick Wayne. Sinbad must deliver a prince transformed into a monkey to the lands of the Ademaspai to restore him to his human form in time for his coronation. On the way he must contend with the evil witch Zenobia, her son and their magic, and several nasty-looking Ray Harryhausen beasties.
9:00 a.m., TIGER BAY (1959)
Gille Jenkins (Hayley Mills in her first film), a twelve-year-old tomboy and compulsive liar living in a sordid tenement with her single parent mother, witnesses the murder of an immigrant Polish woman living in an nearby apartment by her former boyfriend, Bronislaus Korchinsky. Gillie lies about the circumstances in order to keep the gun which she discovers where Korchinsky hid it. She ultimately bonds with the killer and misleads the police in their investigation.
11:00 a.m., LONE RANGER CARTOONS
An hour's worth of LONE RANGER cartoons featuring exciting adventures of the masked hero and his faithful Indian companion.
12 noon, P.J. (1968)
George Peppard and Raymond Burr star in this rarely-seen detective film. Private eye P.J. (played by Peppard) is reluctant when he gets a new job: he shall protect Maureen Preble, mistress of millionaire Orbeson, mainly from attacks by his wife and her greedy family. In truth Orbeson plans a deadly intrigue in which P.J. is to play a central part. Meanwhile P.J. falls in love with Maureen and Orbeson's money.
2:00 p.m., JACK BENNY TV SPECIAL (1965)
Jack Benny had ten hour-long television specials in the 1960s and 1970s, and this was his first. Celebrity guests include Bob Hope, The Beach Boys, Walt Disney, the gorgeous Elke Sommer, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.
12 noon, GUY WILLIAMS' (ZORRO'S) MOST DANGEROUS STUNT
David Hawk will show a color DVD of what actor Britt Lomond (the calculatingly evil Captain Monastario on the series) called Zorro's (Guy Williams') most dangerous stunt, one that could have ended the series at its beginning. David will also have "home movies" shot by others of Zorro's appearances at Disneyland, and the black and white first revelation of Zorro by Walt Disney, a Disneyland series special. A brief question and answer session at the end will follow the screenings.
1:30 p.m., PRE-INDEPENDENCE INDIA: EARTHQUAKES, MYRNA LOY, TORRENTS AND TYRONE POWER
Author Debbie Painter will host this fascinating presentation. Buckle up for a wild ride of earthquakes, floods and even a plague as Myrna Loy attempts a romance with a handsome Indian doctor while married to an English lord. Tyrone Power, George Brent, Nigel Bruce and Maria Ouspenskaya also star in the 20th Century Fox 1939 classic that was the first to win an Academy Award for Visual Effects.
3:00 p.m., HEROES ON THE AIR
This audio-visual presentation puts the spotlight on those heroes who made their way from comic strips and comic books to radio in the 1930s, including Little Orphan Annie, Dick Tracy and Superman, as well as some legendary heroes who began in radio... and went on to conquer the world. Hosted by Steve Darnall, editor of Nostalgia Digest.
4:00 p.m., SOLAR GUARD FAN CLUB MEETING
Members of The Solar Guard will be screening some rare 1950s science-fiction gems. You do not have to be a member to sit in on the fun!
7:30 p.m., INTERVIEW WITH MARIEL HEMINGWAY, JO ANN HARRIS AND LUCIANA PALUZZI
Three beautiful ladies of motion-pictures and television will discuss their careers on stage, and prove that it takes a lot to make it big in Hollywood, all destined for stardom. They will also take questions from the audience! Hosted by Kat Lively of the Calling Old Hollywood Podcast.
9:00 p.m., SPECIAL SCREENING OF THUNDERBALL (1964)
Following the interview with Luciana Paluzzi on stage, we will screen the classic 007 motion-picture that was destined to top the James Bond craze of the 1960s, and become the most profitable in the franchise for many years. James In Thunderball, Bond continues on his fourth mission, with his aim to recover 2 stolen warheads. They've been taken by the SPECTRE organisation, and the world's held hostage as Bond heads to Nassau, Bahamas. Here, he meets Domino and is forced into a thrilling confrontation with SPECTRE agent Emil Largo on-board his boat, the Disco Volante.
9:00 a.m., JOHNNY COOL (1963)
Starring Henry Silva, Telly Savalas, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joey Bishop, Richard Anderson and Elizabeth Montgomery in what is considered her sexiest role. A Sicilian hit man is sent to Los Angeles by an exiled American gangster to take revenge on the men who orchestrated his downfall.
11:00 a.m., JOE PALOOKA FILM SHORTS
From 1936 to 1937, there was a short-lived series of comedy film shorts featuring the comic strip character of Joe Palooka, a prize fighter. Robert Norton played the role of Joe Palooka and SHemp Howard was his comical sidekick Knobby. We will present an hour's worth of these hilarious comedy film shorts.
12 noon, THE VICTIM (1972)
Rarely seen made-for-TV movie starring Elizabeth Montgomery, George Maharanis, and Sue Anne Langdon. A wealthy woman is trapped during a storm in a house with no electricity or phone. A killer has murdered her sister, stuffed the body in the basement, and is now after her.
1:30 p.m., THE NARROW MARGIN (1952)
One of the best film noir thrillers ever made. Stars Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor. When a mobster's widow decides to testify, she goes undercover on board a train going cross-country. A police officer is hired to protect her but the mob has boarded the train determined to make sure she never reaches her destination. (If you are going to see only one or two movies this weekend, be sure to watch this one.)
3:00 p.m., ZANE GREY: LEGEND AND LEGACY
Slide show seminar about the history of Zane Grey. His full name was Pearl Zane Grey, and while many knew him as an author of adventure novels and stories associated with the Western genre in literature and the arts; including his prose that idealized the American frontier, few knew that he was also a dentist. His stories have been printed numerous times and received additional exposure through motion-pictures, comic books and television programs.
4:00 p.m., SERGEANT PRESTON OF THE YUKON
From 1939 to 1958, a fictional Canadian Mountie named Sergeant Preston patrolled the wilds of the Yukon, with his horse Rex, and his faithful dog Yukon King, battling both the elements and criminals. The program began on radio in Detroit in 1939, went national in 1947, and made the transition to television in 1955. The franchise spawned a series of comic books, police whistle, board game, children's books and the most unique premium ever given away -- a legit land deed for fans of the program to own a piece of the Yukon. This slide show presentation, hosted by Martin Grams, will give us a brief summary of the program with all the trivia you could imagine from a weekly Canadian Mountie series.
5:00 p.m., INTERVIEW WITH LOUIS GOSSETT, JR.
Louis Gossett Jr. is one of the most respected and beloved actors on stage, screen and television and is also an accomplished writer, producer and director. Off-screen he is a social activist, educator and author dedicated to enriching the lives of others. Gossett was the first African-American to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his unforgettable performance as drill Sergeant Emil Foley in "An Officer and a Gentleman." So you can understand how excited we are to have an opportunity to hear him recount moments in his screen career, and field questions from the audience. Hosted by Tom Doty.
7:00 p.m., INTERVIEW WITH JON PROVOST, AILEEN QUINN, KAROLYN GRIMES AND GERI REISCHL
These three child actors in Hollywood who become icons over the years. You no doubt grew up with them in your living room, from Leave it to Beaver, It's a Wonderful Life to The Brady Bunch Hour. Sit in on the fun as all three chat about their careers, telling behind-the-scenes stories, and answering questions from the audience. Co-hosted by Kat Lively of the Calling Old Hollywood Podcast and Tom Doty.
8:00 p.m., INTERVIEW WITH ERIK ESTRADA AND LARRY WILCOX
CHIPS followed the lives of two motorcycle officers of the California Highway Patrol, running a successful six seasons on television, for a total of 139 episodes, plus one reunion television film in October 1998. During this celebrity Q&A, you will discover that for filming, traffic on Los Angeles freeways was non-existent and most chase scenes were done on back roads. Erik Estrada will explain why he went on strike and did not appear on three episodes. Although doubles were used for far-off shots and various stunt or action sequences, Wilcox and Estrada did a great deal of their own motorcycle riding and performed many smaller stunts themselves. Although Wilcox emerged relatively injury-free, Estrada suffered various injuries several times throughout the run of the series. All this and much more will be revealed and the actors will also field questions from the audience. Hosted by Kat Lively of the Calling Old Hollywood Podcast.
9:00 p.m., ANNIE (1982)
The movie adaptation of the Broadway musical, with Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Tim Curry, and weekend guest Aileen Quinn. Set during the Great Depression in 1933, the film tells the story of Little Orphan Annie, an orphan from New York City who is taken in by America's richest billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, and ultimately wins the hearts of everyone... including FDR.
9:00 a.m., P.J. (1968)
Stars George Peppard and Raymond Burr. Private eye P.J. is reluctant when he gets a new job: he shall protect Maureen Preble, mistress of millionaire Orbeson, mainly from attacks by his wife and her greedy family. In truth Orbeson plans a deadly intrigue in which P.J. is to play a central part. Meanwhile P.J. falls in love with Maureen and Orbeson's money.
11:00 a.m., IT'S A GIFT (1934)
What is considered W.C. Fields' best movie and should be on the list as one of the top 100 essential must-see movies. The film concerns the trials and tribulations of a grocer as he battles a shrewish wife, an incompetent assistant, and assorted annoying children, customers, and salesmen. The film reprises routines honed by Fields from his career over the years 1915–1925. (If you are going to see only one or two movies this weekend, be sure to watch this one.)
12:30 p.m., EMILY OR OSCAR? (2022)
This feature-length movie is a thoughtful romantic comedy, moviemusical, that reads as a love-letter to old Hollywood, with archetypal characters paying homage to United Artist Founders, and founders of our modern cinema aesthetic, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and DW Griffith. The feature length, Emily or Oscar? is a thoughtful romantic comedy with gorgeous cinematography and strong musical elements, dazzling like a love-letter to old Hollywood. Archetypal characters, paying homage to United Artist Founders and creators of modern cinema — Mary Pickford, D.W. Griffith and Charlie Chaplin — serve as muses to ingenue ‘Emily Arthur’ (Casara Clark) and protagonist ‘Sam Feldman’ (Chris M. Allport), the film’s romantic pair. Meanwhile, trapped between the old world and the new, the conflicted spirit of Douglas Fairbanks offers ‘Sam’ a deal with the devil. But will Sam sacrifice his soul? Familiar faces populating the feature are Golden Globe winner Susan Blakely, former Nostalgia Con guest Jeanne Russell (Dennis the Menace), Susan Boyd Joyce (Happy Days), and Stephen John Kalinich (The Beach Boys). Written and Directed by Chris M. Allport, who will also present Q & A after the movie.
7:00 p.m., CELEBRITY MEET AND GREET
A great way to close out the weekend before heading home the next morning. Catering service to provide unlimited food and drink for the evening. Big social affair with Hollywood celebrities in attendance. (No autographs permitted during the event.) Held at the same convention hotel. Limited to 200, separate ticket for this event. Security will be provided to ensure only those with tickets can enter.
Radio and the Great American Songbook