Monday, May 20, 2013
Continuing on my quest to watch as many of Grandpa Charlie's (Sherlock) movies in the next few years, I watched four of them this weekend. Hey, maybe I will be done in a year! I started off the weekend with the movie "Confessions of a Nazi Spy" (1939), starring Edward G. Robinson. The story is about Nazi sympathizers in the US trying to overtake the country in the early days of World War II. Grandpa Charlie played the role of FBI agent Fred Young.
Then to change it up a bit, I watched two Abbott and Costello movies. Now, those movies were funny! Although, I did find it a bit odd that in three parts of each movie, all of sudden there was this formal song or orchestra number (in the middle of a slapstick comedy)! In the movie "In Society" (1944), Grandpa had a tiny role of a detective at the house. In "Here Come the Coeds", Grandpa also had a tiny role -- he played the assistant announcer. Parts of the movie were filmed at my Alma mater UCLA and I loved seeing the campus in 1945.
I have several photos of Grandpa Charlie in a movie called "Task Force". They are fun photos (that I love) like the one I posted above. In fact, not only do I have photos, but I have the actual scarf worn in those photos. While I was disappointed that these photos weren't actual clips from the movie but more likely publicity shots or just shots of the cast members goofing off, I did enjoy the movie. The movie was about naval aviation and the development of aircraft carriers and definitely more somber than my photos. Discussing it with my son, we decided it probably was much more meaningful to have photos that weren't scenes from the movies but rather "glimpses" of the actors behind the scenes. Another positive note, I saw my first Gary Cooper movie!
Thursday, May 16, 2013
It was exciting to see the brand new stadium. Each year, my Dad would take us to watch the Angels play the Dodgers in the Freeway Series. Through the years, I would see baseball games there, a few concerts there and of course, football games played by the Southern California Suns of the World Football League.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
For years, I have been wanting to watch the old movies that my Grandpa Charlie was a cast member. It is not as easy as it would seem. My Dad did give me some of the old movies but they are on VHS and BETA, so that is not real helpful. Then I saw Grandpa Charlie (Sherlock) on the big screen in "J Edgar" when they showed a clip of "G Men". So, of course, I had to come home and watch the "G Men" movie.
This week I took the "plunge" and started my quest to watch as many of Grandpa Charlie's movies as I can in the next few years. Of course, since they number over 300, that is quite a task. And then of course, trying to get access to all these old movies from the 1930's to the early 1960's, is much harder than one would anticipate.
I started with the 1942 "All Through the Night" movie, starring Humphrey Bogart. The story is about a guy (Bogey) who is a bit of a hustler, but who loves his mama. When his favorite baker gets killed, his mama wants him to find out who the murderer was. The plot thickens when it involves Nazi sympathizers trying to take over in the US. Grandpa Charlie played the henchman of Ebbing (the bad guy). I guess that may be redundant -- Don't only bad guys have henchmen? Anyways, it was a delightful movie!
Then last night, I watched "Mr. Skeffington" starring Bette Davis, who plays a self-centered woman who lives for the attention of male suitors, ignoring the needs and affection of her husband and daughter. Grandpa Charlie plays the waiter. In one scene, they show him slowly opening a bottle of champagne (you got to love these old movies). Grandpa is not credited on IMDB.com as being in the cast of this movie, the only way I found it was because I had the photo above and did some research. I guess there could be other movies out there that he played a role that I don't have on my list of 300.
Let me check the film archives to see what I will be watching tonight!
Monday, May 13, 2013
Over the weekend, I was researching on Findmypast.ie, trying to get more information on my Sherlock line. After looking at the historical records, I decided to try the "newspapers" section. I definitely found some treasures there! Grandpa Charlie (Sherlock) was in the movies from the 1930's to the early 1960's and who knew they were talking about him all over the country!
In the February 26, 1938 edition of the Cochocton Tribune (Ohio), I found the above article. I am guessing that someone didn't like the fact that Grandpa Charlie was the only native (US) born member of the cast of "Confessions of a Nazi Spy". Below is a photo from that movie. That is Grandpa Charlie on the far left.
Hey, pass the popcorn! I think it is time to watch a movie ...
Thursday, May 9, 2013
One of the many places my grandparents (Charles and Theresa Nebgen Sherlock) visited on their whirlwind European tour of 1961 was Rome. Practicing Roman Catholics their entire life, the Vatican was a "must see" destination for them. Theresa wrote an interesting story in her travel diary about their trip to Rome.
Charles and Theresa were staying at this hotel in Rome as part of their tour. Monsignor Thomas Ryan came to the hotel to visit another couple who were on the tour. Charlie heard the Irish brogue from the monsignor and stopped to talk to him. Monsignor Ryan was teaching the Pope (Pope John XXIII) to speak English. They discussed the monsignor's secretary and found out that she was found County Mayo in Ireland (where Charles' mother grew up). Then Charles found out that he was related to the monsignor's secretary on the Kilroy (Charles' maternal grandmother) side. Hey, Grandpa Charlie was doing genealogy way back then!
The next day Charles and Theresa visited many of the sites of Rome and Vatican City -- Quirinal Palace, Sistine Chapel, lunch at Alfredo's, Coliseum, St. Paul's Gate, Tomb of Keats, Basilica of St. Paul and Palace of Caesar (Circus Maximus). On the following day (Sunday), they hadn't heard any word about an audience with the Pope but then at breakfast heard that 7 members of their group were having an audience with the Pope. So, Charles called his "newly found' relative [the secretary of the monsignor] and the monsignor said that they should meet him at St. Peter's. The monsignor took Charlie and Theresa through a private entrance to see the Pope.
According to Theresa's diary, "we were sitting on his [the Pope] left side, we touched his steps, [he] made nice talk in Italian, then gave us his blessings. After that he said the Angelus and gave blessings to all the people in the square so we had to two blessings. Then we went to the 12:00 Mass and Communion at St. Peter's". How exciting that must have been for Grandpa Charlie and Grandma Theresa!
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
After my Grandparents (Charles Sherlock and Theresa Nebgen Sherlock) visited the Cologne Cathedral, they continued their river cruise down the Rhine. According to Theresa's travel diary, they visited St. Goar [Sankt Goar -- a town on the left bank of the Middle Rhine], Bonn (the capital of Germany) and Heidelberg. They stayed overnight in Heidelberg and visited the Heidelberg Castle (which has still been only partially re-built), attended Mass since that day was a holy day (Corpus Christi) in Germany and visited the University of Heidelberg. During my research, I learned that not only is the University of Heidelberg the oldest university in Germany but was the 3rd university founded in the Holy Roman Empire. Now that is impressive!
On their way to Switzerland, Charlie and Theresa visited Freiburg im Breisgau, a town in southwestern Germany. They then visited the Rhine Falls, which is the largest plain waterfall in Europe. I believe the photo above has the falls behind Theresa. From the Rhine Falls, Theresa and Charlie visited the city of Lucerne, Switzerland. They saw one of the famous landmarks, the Chapel Bridge (a covered wooden footbridge that crosses the river) and Mt. Rigi (also known as Queen of the Mountains).
Theresa wrote in her diary "Switzerland is beautiful so far I don't know which country [Germany or Switzerland] I like the best."