It’s 2017 and I thought it would be fun to review all of Gary’s films that came out in years ending with ‘7’. This first installment will cover his films from 1927 – 90 years ago.
1927 was a big year in Gary’s career in that it’s the first year he had starring roles in films. His films for this year in order of release date were:
Children of Divorce
The Last Outlaw
It – Release date Feb 19, 1927
Gary had a bit part is this film as a news reporter and he appeared in just one scene. It was a big hit for Clara Bow who would become known as the “It Girl” after this film. She definitely had “It” meaning she was very charismatic and had an attractive way about her-women wanted to be her and men wanted to be with her. She’s my favorite actress and this is one of my favorites of her films. She’s just so peppy and full of life and then can turn on a dime and break your heart with her tears. This film is available on DVD.
When I was about 12 years old, we watched Sergeant York in school. I liked it but I didn’t see another of Gary’s films until the winter of 2005, some 16 years later. My favorite baseball team the Houston Astros had just made their first appearance in the World Series. Unfortunately they lost but I was still excited about baseball and I saw that Turner Classic Movies (TCM) was going to show Pride of the Yankees (1942) so I tuned in. It’s a great movie and Gary did a masterful job, so much so that I don’t see him when I watch that film – I see Lou Gehrig. Fast forward about a year to November 2006 – I was flipping through the channels late one night and came across Ball of Fire (1941). I watched a little bit of it and thought it seemed like a cute movie but I was too sleepy to watch the rest of it so I turned it off. The next month I was watching TCM and I saw their promo ad for what was being featured in December. Gary Cooper was their star of the month and I got excited because I thoug...
It appears that Gary's film Children of Divorce (1927) may finally be getting a DVD release. This film has never been released on home video and out of all of Gary's films that have yet to be released, this is the one I have wanted the most. The film stars Clara Bow and Esther Ralston and neither one of these ladies have many films available for purchase. Clara is my favorite actress and I really like Esther too so this is just a dream come true. I'll finally get to see my two favorites, Gary and Clara, acting together - I'm so excited!!!!
Flicker Alley has licensed the film for distribution and it will be released on Blu-ray. I found this information on the Nitrateville site quite by accident. I was reading a thread about a restoration of another of Clara's films, Get Your Man (1927), when this bombshell was dropped by David Shepard who works in film restoration.
The Mills Brothers appeared in Gary's film Operator 13 (1934) and after seeing them in the movie, I became a fan. They were amazing! Most of us will hum along to a song and make a sound like an instrument but these guys could actually do it and make it sound like the instrument. They didn't need trumpets or bass fiddles, they could just use their mouths, hands, and one guitar.
John, Herbert, Harry, and Donald Mills - The Mills Brothers
"The Mills Brothers were sponsored by the largest advertisers in early radio; Standard Oil, Procter & Gamble, Crisco, and Crosley Radio. They began appearing in films. Their first, The Big Broadcast (Paramount, 1932) was an all star radio revue that included Bing Crosby, Cab Calloway, and the Boswell Sisters. In 1934, the Brothers stared with Crosby for Woodbury Soap, and recorded their classics "Lazy Bones," " Sweet Sue," "Lulu's back in town," "Bye-Bye Blackbird," "Sleepy Head," and "Shoe Shine Boy." Film appearances included Twenty Million Sweethearts...
The 2016 Major League Baseball season begins today and I'm so excited!!! My family have been baseball fans for generations and being from Southeast Texas, we root for the Houston Astros. After several years of mediocrity, the Astros had an amazing season last year. They made it to the playoffs for the first time since 2005 (when they played in but lost the World Series), had the Rookie of the Year award winner (Carlos Correa), the Cy Young pitching award winner (Dallas Keuchel), and our manager was nominated for Manager of the Year (A.J. Hinch) in his first season with the team. Craig Biggio, who has been one of my favorite players since his rookie year in 1988 when I was 11 years old, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He is the first player to be inducted to the Hall as an Astro. It was a fun year and this year looks to be even better.
I do have a Gary connection here (three actually) and the first is the Gary Cooper who played for the Astros. Cooper only played one se...