I recently read Ms. Films’ post on “What Makes a Good Movie” and I was inspired to write about some of my favorite directors, what I call the “Gods of Filmmaking”. In no particular order, here are my top picks.
I know that this is a Jack Grinnage website and I don’t intend to turn our Gazette into an endless supply of rants, but I’ve got something I would like to bring up. I promise that my next post will be JG-related. Cross my heart.
Actor Jack Grinnage discusses the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause. Jack explains how he lied about his age to get a role in the movie, his college friendship with actress Beverly Long, and how they built the action around James Dean’s strengths. Then, they talk about the evolution of craft services, why everyone wanted to be paid for “golden time,” and how a terrible interview got Jack cast in King Creole. Finally, Jack tells of meeting Colonel Tom Parker, why he never saw Elvis out of makeup, and Laurence Olivier’s reaction to finding Jack in his chair during the filming of Spartacus.
Kolchak The Night Stalker (20 Full Episodes) 2 Movies
Kolchak: The Night Stalker was an American television series that aired between 1974–1975. It featured a fictional Chicago newspaper reporter Carl Kolchak, who investigated mysterious crimes with unlikely causes, particularly those that law enforcement would not follow up. These involved supernatural and science fiction. The series was preceded by two television movies, The Night Stalker (1972) and The Night Strangler (1973). Starring Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage
Jack Grinnage played the character of Moose, in “Rebel Without a Cause“. These are his memories of working with James Dean.
I bought some stamps the other day, Legends of Hollywood. They were James Dean stamps. It said ” in a brief but brilliant career, the actor James Dean (1931-1955) spoke for millions of American teenagers as the misunderstood youth in “East of Eden” and “Rebel Without a Cause”. His stature grew mythic after he died in a car crash. Shortly before his final film, “Giant” was completed.
I met Jimmy Dean the day we tested, the test was to see how we photographed with Jimmy. I had just seen “East of Eden” and was so overwhelmed by his performance i could hardly speak. A couple of years ago Warner Bros. Found those test and gave us all a copy. Jimmy looks at me I look at him, we both look away. I’m amazed I was cast in the film. About a week before Rebel was to start, we all met at the Chateau Marmont in Nick Rays bungalow for a read through of the script.
So many things have been written about Mr. Dean over the years. Some truths and a lot of untruths. I remember a very vital person that was interested in the process of film making. A dedicated actor, that was totally involved in his craft. When i watched him work, i was amazed at his depth of concentration. He loved to joke and play pranks on everyone. He observed everything about all of us. And when we weren’t looking. He would mimic are actions. I read an article that said jimmy directed “rebel without cause”. Wrong nick ray was the director and he directed rebel with a strong hand. He knew how to handle his actors, to get the best performances. I remember one day.
When we were still filming in black and white. I think it was the first day. He said to natalie .what do you have on. Her hips and bust were padded. To give her more curves. Nick made the wardrobe women take the padding off. Nick wanted us to be real teenagers . Not perfect hollywood types. We felt we were a gang. We even went out at night cruising the streets. After the film was finished, beverly long and i ran into jimmy at hamburger hamlet. We talked about what was going to happen when the film opened. Rebel previewed in Westwood.
Jimmy attended, he was still working on giant, and his hair line had been shaved to portray the thinning hair of the older chet rink. The audience went crazy. Jimmy was 24 years old, learning who he was, and what was in store for him. What memories I have working on Rebel.
When I worked in King Creole with Elvis Presley. Elvis had seen Rebel and wanted to know how Jimmy worked. He ask the same questions everyone has ask, what was Jimmy Dean really like? My answer, he was a very talented dedicated performer, who was learning the craft of film making. When i see a silver porsche drive by today i always thing of james dean.
A married and well-thought of businessman witnesses a killing. Unfortunately, he is at his mistress’ apartment when it happens. Their issue about not to record what he understands to the authorities or whether is increased more each time a guy he understands to not become guilty of the offense is charged.
Kraft Suspense Theatre Season 1 ep. 4, directed by Ralph Senensky, with Lloyd Bridges, Geraldine Brooks, John Ireland, Sandra Church, David Lewis, William Bramley, Dabbs Greer, Victor French, Berkeley Harris, Tom Allen, Warren Parker, Ina Victor, Jack Grinnage. Original air date: 31 October 1963.
Review: Having an affair behind his spouse’s back, his partner Sandra Chapel, (Ruth Spreads), condo overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, Lloyd Bridges ( Mason Eldridge), views a lady while searching the house screen being brutally assaulted. Calling law enforcement in the future in not attempting to get involved with that it’d reveal him does not abandon his title, Doris.
It is later when studying the day reports Builder is surprised to determine the individual imprisoned in being accountable for the girl’s homicide he observed was the condo building Debbs Green, custodian Newton Yort. Comprehending that Yort is Harmless within the offense Builder has become experiencing the issue of by maintaining very he might properly result in having the San Quentin fuel chamber is ended up in by an innocent guy! That in Mason maintaining his mouth shut to save lots of both work and his relationship with a style big government in a Bay Area property company!
Mason has John Ireland, his partner Ruth and closest friend buddy Scotty, inside them by attempting to assist him out in testifying. They noticed the girl killed, and it was not Yort who made it happen! Leading to Scotty being uncovered as laying under promise when he tale drops totally aside about the stay and perjuring herself! That brings tortured Builder and a guilt-ridden and his buddy Scotty and herself to discussion if he lastly do the best point and must come clear and state in the courtroom in the protection of Yort. It is then that issues change lethal using the actual lady’s assassin, Victor French, who’s been subsequent occasions in the event since day one chooses to close up Builder permanently! Using the monster attempting to destroy Mason he rather eventually ends up when he attempted to generate Mason’s vehicle off the street getting murdered herself. Mason today understands that justice was done, within the monster obtaining his only deserts. There is, however, the truth that an innocent guy Newton Yort is currently going to wind up spending money on his offense. Mason in him viewing no additional solution ultimately determined, in what is a field of as soon as, right before. Yort will be sentenced to obtain the stay and inform the reality and allow the chips, his relationship work, and status, drop where they might in him doing it.
It got lots of bravery on Mason’s component not just to get harmless Newton Yort down however in revealing herself like a sniveling coward who attempted to obtain additional to complete. He nearly winds up behind set cafes, what he must have completed within the first-place! However, it was this one work of decency and bravery that ultimately not just preserved Builder’s equal relationship and work. He believed that he dropped, but additionally created him a hero within everyone’s eyes. Including his long-suffering girlfriend Doris!