Saturday, July 30, 2011


Born in Orlando, Florida, on July 30, 1956, actress Delta Burke turns 55 today.


Born in Encino, California, on July 30, 1963, actress Lisa Kudrow turns 48 years old today.


Born Edward Byrne Breitenberger in New York City on July 30, 1933, actor Edd "Kookie" Byrnes celebrates his 78th birthday today.


Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on July 30, 1941, singer Paul Anka turns 70 years old today.

Untamed (1955)

Starring Susan Hayward, Tyrone Power, Agnes Moorehead, Richard Egan, Rita Moreno, Hope Emerson, and Bobby Diamond. Directed by Henry King. An Irish family emigrates to South Africa after the potato famine hits Ireland.

The Violent Men (1955)

Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Glenn Ford, Edward G. Robinson, Breian Keith, Richard Jaeckel, James Westerfield, Willis Bouchey, and Dianne Foster. Directed by Rudolph Mate. A former Union officer plans to sell his land to the Anchor Ranch and move east with his fiancee but the low price offered by Anchor's crippled owner and the outfit's bully tactics make him think again. When one of his hands is murdered he decides to stay and fight, utilizing his war experiences.

A Stolen Life (1949)

Starring Bette Davis, Glenn Ford, Walter Brennan, Charles Ruggles, Dane Clark, Clara Blandick, Lilian Bronson, and Bruce Bennett. Directed by Curtis Bernhardt. Twin sisters fall in love with a lighthouse attendant on Martha's Vineyard. He soon marries the flamboyant and manipulative one but when she is killed in a a sailing accident, the other twin takes her sister's place.

Palm Springs Weekend (1963)

Starring Connie Stevens, Troy Donahue, Stefanie Powers, Robert Conrad, Jerry Dan Dyke, Andrew Duggan, Ty Hardin, and Billy Mumy. Directed by Norman Taurog. It's the Easter weekend and a group of Los Angeles college students from with raging hormones head to Palm Springs looking for fun with members of the opposite sex.

Pardon Us (1931)

Starring Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel, James Finlayson, and June Marlowe. Directed by James Parrott. It is prohibition and beer barons Laurel and Hardy are sent to prison for concocting their own home brew. They are put in a cell with Tiger Long, the roughest, toughest, and meanest of all inmates. Stan has a loose tooth that causes him to emit a razzberry at the end of every sentence. Tiger interprets this as a coolly defiant attitude and is impressed — nobody else ever stood up to him like that. He and Stan and Ollie become fast friends. After a prison break, the boys escape to a cotton plantation, where they hide out undetected in black-face. When they attempt to repair the warden's car they are discovered and are sent back to prison. They inadvertently break up a prison riot and the grateful warden issues them a pardon.

The Damned Don't Cry (1950)

Starring Joan Crawford, Kent Smith, Steve Cochran, Strother Martin, Richard Egan, Herb Vigran, and Ned Glass. Directed by Vincent Sherman. The murder of a gangster touches of an investigation of a mysterious socialite who seems to have no past and who has now disappeared.

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

Starring Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell, William Powell, Fred Clark, and Percy Helton. Directed by Jean Negulesco. Three models move into a Manhattan penthouse apartment and set out to find three eligible millionaire bachelors to marry.

Ada (1961)

Starring Susan Hayward, Dean Martin, Martin Balsam, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Ralph Meeker, Ford Rainey, Ray Teal, and Mary Treen. Directed by Daniel Mann. A Southern politician running for governor meets and marries a poor prostitute which rich ideas. She engineers him into the governor's chair. After her husband is injured in a car bombing, she is sworn in as acting governor and quickly goes to work against a crafty political boss, promoting her husband's ideas for honest government.

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet, S.Z. Sakall, John Dehner, Lilian Bronson, Dick Elliott, and Reginald Gardiner. Directed by Peter Godfrey. A war hero becomes the object of a publicity stunt staged by a magazine publisher who announces that the soldier has won a Christmas dinner to be prepared by the magazine's housekeeping expert in her own Connecticut home. The catch: not only does she not have a home in Connecticut, she's never been in a kitchen in her entire life.

Joe Kidd (1972)

Starring Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, John Saxon, Don Stroud, Lynne Marta, James Wainwright, Gregory Walcott, and Dick Van Patten. Directed by John Sturges. When a band of Mexicans find their U.S. land claims denied they turn to violence. A wealthy landowner with interests in the disputed area decides to settle things his own way and hires a former bounty hunter to track the Mexicans.

Lost in a Harem (1944)

Starring Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, and Marilyn Maxwell. Directed by Charles Reisner. Two inept magicians on tour in the Middle Eastern kingdom of Barabeeba help a disenfranchised young price regain his throne from his devious uncle who uses two magical hypnotic rings to maintain his power.

Independence Day (1983)

Starring Kathleen Quinlan, David Keith, Dianne Weist, Anne Haney, Cliff DeYoung, Frances Sternhagen, Richard Farnsworth, and Bert Remsen. Directed by Robert Mandel. A young woman who lives in a small town is torn between her ambition to go to the city and study photography and her love for her hometown boyfriend who is preparing his car for the annual Fourth of July race.

The Lady Eve (1941)

Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, William Demarest, Eugene Pallette, and Eric Blore. Directed by Preston Sturgis. Returning from a year up the Amazon studying snakes, a rich but unsophisticated young man meets a female con artist aboard ship.

Dear Ruth (1947)

Starring William Holden, Joan Caulfield, Mona Freeman, Edward Arnold, and Billy De Wolfe. Directed by William R. Russell. A young woman discovers that her teenage sister used her name in a torrid correspondence with a soldier. When he shows up at her front door she agrees to humor him for his two-day leave, even though she's just become engaged to her stuffy suitor.

The Big Sleep (1946)

Starring Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Dorothy Malone, and Regis Toomey. Directed by Howard Hawks. A private detective is hired to keep an eye on a general's daughter who has fallen into bad company.