June Allyson (October 7, 1917 â€“ July 8 2006) was a Golden Globe-winning American film and television actress, popular in the 1940s and 1950s.
Allyson was born Ella Geisman in the Bronx, New York City to Clara Provost and Robert Geisman on October 7, 1917. Her paternal grandparents, Harry Geisman and Anna Hafner, were immigrants from Germany, although Allyson has claimed that her last name was originally "Van Geisman", and was of Dutch origin. June was six months old when her alcoholic father who'd worked as a janitor abandoned the family. Her mother worked as a telephone operator and restaurant cashier. Allyson was brought up in near poverty. At eight, a dead tree branch fell on her while she was bicycling. Several bones were broken, and doctors said she would never walk again. She underwent months of swimming exercises and regained her health.
After graduating from a wheelchair to crutches to braces, she was inspired to dance by obsessively watching Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire...
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June Allyson died in Ojai, California, Ventura County
That's Entertainment! III is a documentary retrospective film released by MGM in 1994 to celebrate the studio's 70th anniversary. It was the third in a series of retrospectives that began with the first That's Entertainment! 20 years earlier. Although posters and home video versions use the title without an exclamation mark, the actual on-screen title of the film uses it.
Many changes had occurred since the first two films - including the deaths of Fred Astaire (who had co-hosted the first two films) and many other MGM stars of the past. Plus, the advent of home video and cable TV had made many of MGM's films readily accessible to audiences, a luxury they did not have in the mid-1970s.
In order to provide a "hook" for audiences, the producers decided to feature footage cut from famous MGM musicals. Many of these numbers were shown for the first time in That's Entertainment! III.
Hosts for the third installment in the That's Entertainment! series were Gene Kelly...,
Strategic Air Command is an American film. Released by Paramount Pictures in 1955, it starred James Stewart and June Allyson, and was directed by Anthony Mann.
Cast:"Jimmy" Stewart plays a United States Air Force Reserve officer recalled to active duty to fly B-36 and B-47 nuclear bombers for the Strategic Air Command. The film accurately portrays (although more from a 1951 than a 1955 perspective) the duties and responsibilities of service in the Air Force, and the strains such service placed on family life. The film also features some of the most dramatic aerial photography ever filmed, accompanied by Victor Young's soaring musical score. It also is the only major motion picture to highlight the B-36, then near the end of its service life and about to be replaced by the B-52.
Stewart's character is a professional baseball player recalled to active duty. He is injured on duty, which not only bars him from further flying (he leaves the Air Force at the end of the film) but also...
The Glenn Miller Story is a 1953 American film directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart in their first non-western collaboration.The film follows big band leader Glenn Miller (1904-1944) (James Stewart) from his early days in the music business in 1929 through to his presumed 1944 death when the airplane he was flying in was lost over the English Channel during World War II. Prominent placement in the film is given to Miller's courtship and marriage to Helen Burger (June Allyson), and various cameos by actual musicians who were colleagues of Miller.Several turning points in Miller's career are depicted with varying degrees of verisimilitude, including: the success of an early jazz band arrangement; his departure from the Broadway pit and sideman work to front a band of his own; the failure of his first band on the road; and the subsequent reforming of his successful big band and the establishment of the â€śMiller Soundâ€ť as typified by â€śMoonlight Serenadeâ€ť. Also depicted is...
Battle Circus is a 1953 film directed by Richard Brooks, who also wrote the screenplay. It stars Humphrey Bogart and June Allyson. and costars Keenan Wynn and Robert Keith.The film is set in Korea during the Korean War; Bogart plays a surgeon at a mobile army surgical hospital, and Allyson plays a nurse.According to Brooks (in an interview filmed for the 1988 Bacall on Bogart documentary), the film was originally called MASH, a title rejected by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer because the studio thought people would think the film had something to do with potatoes. Brooks also noted that Bogart agreed to do the film because the script's humor, set in a story showing the tragedy of war, would make the film seem more realistic to an audience.The title of the film refers to the speed and ease with which a MASH unit, like a circus, can pick up stakes and move to where the action is.Template:Richard Brooks Films...,
Little Women (1949) directed by Mervyn LeRoy is based on Louisa May Alcott's novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by Sally Benson, Victor Heerman, Sarah Y. Mason, and Andrew Solt.In this version of the timeless classic, Beth March (Margaret O'Brien) is portrayed as being younger than Amy March (Elizabeth Taylor), while in the book she is older. The chapters where Laurie and Amy fall in love in Europe have been omitted.Winner:Nominations:David O. Selznick was originally going to produce the film. Filming began in September 1946 but Selznick decided he could not tackle a major production so soon after the ordeal of filming Duel in the Sun (1946) so he sold the property and script to MGM. The cast for the David O. Selznick version included Jennifer Jones (Jo), Diana Lynn (Amy), Bambi Linn (Beth), Rhonda Fleming (Meg), and Anne Revere (Marmee)....,
The Stratton Story is a 1949 film directed by Sam Wood which tells the true story of Monty Stratton, a Major League Baseball pitcher.James Stewart plays the part of Stratton, who in the off-season of 1938 accidentally shoots himself in his right leg while on a hunting excursion. When his leg has to be amputated, it looks as though his pitching career is over. Nevertheless, with a wooden leg and his wife Ethel's (June Allyson) support, Stratton is able to make a successful minor league comeback in 1946.Ronald Reagan had sought the title role but was under contract with Warner Bros., which did not want to release Reagan for the film because they thought the movie would be a failure. The Stratton Story became a financial success and won the Academy Award for best original screenplay.Stratton commented that Mr. Stewart "did a great job of playing me, in a picture which I figure was about as true to life as they could make it".Other names in the cast include Frank Morgan, Agnes Moorehead,...,
June Allyson was born in Bronx, New York, New York