27 December 2013

Congrats to Gregory



Well, here's an unusual combination: Gregory Peck and Gene Kelly. To my knowledge, the two men never appeared in a film together, but searching the net I've learnt that they did appear together on the radio. During Hollywood's Golden Age, actors not only played in movies, but they also did radio shows. One of those shows was "Cresta Blanca Hollywood Players". The show ran from September 1946 till February 1947, and was sponsored by Cresta Blanca Wines. The episodes (26 in total) were 30-minute adaptations of popular movies, performed by some of the greatest stars in Hollywood. The eight performers for the series were: Claudette Colbert, Joseph Cotten, Bette Davis, Joan Fontaine, John Garfield, Paulette Goddard, Gene Kelly and Gregory Peck (guest performers included 19-year old Janet Leigh). The photo of Gregory Peck and Gene Kelly (above) was most likely taken during the series.

In 1962, the film "To Kill a Mockingbird" (directed by Robert Mulligan) was released and the role of Atticus Finch was played to perfection by Gregory Peck. Peck got the Oscar for Best Actor during the 35th Academy Awards Ceremony, held on 8 April 1963. Eleven days later, on 19 April 1963, Gene Kelly wrote the following letter to congratulate Gregory on winning the Oscar. And I can only imagine he's referring to the "Hollywood Players" when he's talking about the "group" :


Via: did you see that one?

Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren, Joan Crawford and Fernando Lamas backstage at the Oscars in 1963

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