Jane Russell’s stardom was engineered by Howard Hughes’ fervid imagination, and her initial publicity overemphasized her remarkable physique. But she was a genuinely talented performer adept at light comedy and melodrama. In this episode of “The Online Movie Show,” actor/writer Joe Mannetti returns to offer a tribute to Jane Russell’s iconic place in Hollywood history.
Betty Grable was among the most popular box office stars of the 1940s and early 1950s, but she rarely received the critical acclaim she deserved. On this episode, actor and writer Joe Mannetti offers his insight on Betty Grable’s distinctive talents as a singer, dancer and actress.
BOOTLEG FILES 639: “Minstrel Days” (1941 musical short film starring Bud Jamison and Willie Best).
LAST SEEN: On YouTube.
AMERICAN HOME VIDEO: None.
REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: This is one film that Warner Bros. is not eager to re-release.
CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: Really?
Earlier this week, Starbucks closed down its U.S. cafés for an afternoon and gave its workforce a training session in racial tolerance. Several short films were shown to the Starbucks team that highlighted the insensitive treatment that many African-Americans experience in public spaces and retail settings.