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Derek Mannering
03-21-2017
08:04 PM ET (US)
Details and Sony media announcement of the Mark Vincent Lanza Tribute CD are now on Jeff's main Lanza page.
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Ed
03-21-2017
03:55 PM ET (US)
James Whitmore played inmate Ross in oscar nominated Shawshank Redemption but oscar went to Forest Gump in 91.
Edited 03-21-2017 03:58 PM
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David Weaver
03-21-2017
02:25 PM ET (US)
Fred, Whitmore was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor in 1975 for "Give 'Em Hell, Harry!" - he lost out to Jack Nicholson for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

Derek, listened to Elissa's interview - wonderful. And great to see the new Sony CD in Classic FM's Top Thirty Chart. The continued love for Lanza in the British isles is extraordinary.

Nice to hear the Mark Vincent-Mario duet; another talented singer who cites Mario as an inspiration. It reminded me of the wonderful recording the late Jerry Hadley did, dueting with Mario on "Golden Days."
Edited 03-21-2017 02:28 PM
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Suzanne
03-21-2017
01:58 PM ET (US)
Thanks David. Showboat is on quite a bit, I saw it not long ago. Never can resist it. Ed. I really hope you get to Philly this year, you'll be happy you did. James Whitmore was a terrific actor , a great career . My son always liked him. Wonder how he and Mario got along, even if he did have "a head like an acorn"!.
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Fred Day
03-21-2017
10:36 AM ET (US)
James Whitmore also had a role in The Eddy Duchin Story (1957) starring Tyrone Power as Duchin. Whitmore played Duchin's manager. And I remember Whitmore in an episode of The Twilight Zone - one of the hour long episodes. He was excellent, as always. Ciao.
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Bill Ronayne
03-21-2017
08:37 AM ET (US)
You're welcome Ed. Best, Bill
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Kristine
03-21-2017
06:26 AM ET (US)
 Fred, James Whitmore also portrayed Theodore Roosevelt in a one man play. He also played a Judge in the Barbra Streisand movie, "Nuts". I think he was on a tv sitcom called "Temperature's Rising", which took place in a hospital. I don't know if his portrayal of Truman was an Oscar nomination. In the movie version of "Kiss Me, Kate", he and Keenan Wynn played gangster types who did a song and dance scene to "Brush Up Your Shakespeare". Considering they were not known as song and dance men, they were very good ! By the way, Keely Smith also sang "Because You're Mine" on one of her recording albums, which is out on CD. "Because You're Mine" was an Oscar nominee for Best Song. Who sang it at the Academy Awards, that year ?
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Fred Day
03-21-2017
03:54 AM ET (US)
James Whitmore was also noted for playing President Harry Truman in "Give 'em Hell Harry". He was superb in that role. Was that role nominated for an Oscar?? Curious. Ciao.
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Wendy Stilwell - UK
03-21-2017
03:28 AM ET (US)
Re Vera Lynn

On one of her CD's which I have, she does a very good rendition of Because You're Mine.
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Ed to Bill
03-20-2017
09:23 PM ET (US)
Bill,
I got my bulletin on Friday and just got a chance today to read it, I must say you did another winner as always. I enjoy the part called Recording Sessions. I'm pretty good on the Q&A. When I can get around by early summer I still want my cousin to take me to Philly. Many thanks for your kindness my friend.
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Kristine
03-20-2017
04:14 PM ET (US)
"Battleground" was James Whitmore's film debut. He also made a movie with Nancy Davis(later , First Lady Nancy Reagan)called "The Next Voice You Hear" about people hearing God's voice on the radio(though the movie audience didn't hear it). He was a great actor and M-G-M thought he would be another Spencer Tracy. He served in the Marines, during World War II and I think was from Buffalo, N.Y. area. He was also in "Battle Cry" with Tab Hunter and Aldo Ray. His son, Steve Whitmore has a facebook page and his son, James Whitmore, Jr. directs some of the "NCIS" episodes. James, Jr. was once an actor on "Black Sheep Squadron" with Robert Conrad. Yes, Bill mentioned that Utica, N.Y. was the next stop, after Scranton, Pennsylvania for Mario Lanza's tour. He appeared at The Stanley Theater, Utica, and Terry Robinson mentioned he remembered The Stanley. He was giving out the programs for the performance.
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David Weaver
03-20-2017
03:01 PM ET (US)
Suzanne, the showings of the two Mario films are related to his co-stars: next Monday, March 27, the prime-time spotlight is on Kathryn Grayson. Besides "That Midnight Kiss," they're showing four other Grayson films, including probably her best and best-known film, "Showboat."

On Wednesday, May 3, TCM is saluting James Whitmore. They're showing five Whitmore films in addition to "Because You're Mine." Oddly enough, they are not including two of his biggest successes, the sci-fi thriller "Them!" and the war film, "Battleground," which brought Whitmore an Oscar nomination
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Bill Ronayne
03-20-2017
01:57 PM ET (US)
Nice interview and promotion of Mario Derek. Best, Bill
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Bill Ronayne
03-20-2017
01:41 PM ET (US)
Thanks Suzanne and you're very welcome. Best, Bill
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Suzanne
03-20-2017
01:20 PM ET (US)
Kristine, Bill tells us in his latest newsletter "That Midnight Kiss" will be shown on Mar.27, but at 2:30AM and and Apr.23 at 8AM ET. "Because You're Mine" on May 3 at 1AM.So if you can't sleep ,you can watch. Seems to be the result of the New Documentary. Whatever, the cause, it's great news.Nice issue, Bill, like the cover photo,as well. Wish I could have attended this year's birthday party for Mario. Thanks to those who did. Our friend Veronica is a great fan of Vera Lynn, what a terrific voice she had. Bill thanks, too for the mention of Mario's appearance here in Utica in 1951. Talked with someone who saw him, told me "they stood up in the back of the theatre and "tore down the rafters"not literally of course. so many fans of Mario, here in Utica.Sorry to have missed seeing him.
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Derek Mannering
03-20-2017
12:42 PM ET (US)
Ellisa was interviewed for the Wynne Evans radio show on BBC Radio Wales today. I tried posting the link but for some reason it was blocked.

Google BBC Radio Wales - Wynne Evans and follow the link to his show On Demand for 20/03/2017.

Ellisa's interview starts at 1:09 and ends at 1:27, give or take a few seconds.
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