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Robert W Butler
Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
Jane F Flynn
''A Stitch in Time'' Premieres Friday
May 10, 2006
The story of dress manufacturer Nell Donnelly Reed is captured in a new book and documentary film produced by her great great nephew Terence Michael O'Malley. The film is entitled "Nelly Don: A Stitch...
. ..Presenting Elmer C. Rhoden: Swing Nominee for Man of the Month
Illustration and biographical article about Elmer Rhoden, "president of the American Golden Saddle Horse Association. ..probably the world's best-known breeder of gaited horses," and "chairman of the 1947...
10th Street, East from Wyandotte
Postcard of 10th Street, East from Wyandotte
A Chronicle of Freedom
February 19, 2012
In-depth interview of Emiel Cleaver, son of U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and former KC mayor. His film, called "Freedom Is Now," is about "Kansas City's oldest and most powerful African-American political...
A Civil Action
Describes the making of the movie "Ride With the Devil", directed by Ang Lee, filmed in the Kansas City area.
A Hollywood Homecoming
June 12, 2005
Article about the movie ''Lenexa 1 Mile'' directed by Shawnee Mission West graduate Jason Wiles. Discusses filming at Kelly's Westport Inn and Wiles' acting career.
A Kansas City Novelty Figures Importantly in History of Movies
Photo and article about Oscar Weisner, the last surviving member in 1939 of the former Hale's Tours movie shows produced by former Kansas City fire chief George Hale. Description of the shows, debuting...
A Look at New York: Kansas Citian Has a Hit on Broadway
Photo and biographical article about native Kansas Citian Burt Bacharach, a composer for motion pictures and popular and classical music. Description of his nationally prominent career and early life in...
A Reel World: A Glimpse at Film Director Robert Altman
Biography of Hollywood movie director Robert Altman, a native Kansas Citian, describing his maverick style and career with his latest ("Kansas City," about the local jazz scene in the 1930s) and first...
A Weekend of Robert Altman
April 13, 2007
A film festival from April 27-29, 2007, in honor of the late Kansas City film director Robert Altman, will be held at the Screenland Granada Theatre in Kansas City, Kansas. Altman-directed movies to be...
Across Our Wide Missouri: From Clara Bow to Doris Day, Jack Oakie Stole Their Shows
Photos and biographical article about Jack Oakie (~1904-1978), a movie comedian born in Sedalia, Missouri, as Lewis Offield. Description of his life and career, selling newspapers during high school in...
Action on the Greater Kansas City Film Scene Front
November 1, 2006
Review of how the greater Kansas City area is becoming a major player in the production of feature films. Look out Hollywood!
Adaptive Reuse: A Case Study--New Uses for Old Movie Houses
Article about the adaptive reuse of many of Kansas City's earliest movie theaters, including the Uptown, Warwick, Gillham, Plaza, Regent, Colonial, Lyric, and Waldo Theaters, with photo of the Uptown.
Newspaper clippings on the AMC Entertainment movie theater company founded and based in Kansas City by the late Stan Durwood.
AMC Going Public
December 12, 2006
Less than two years after going private, Kansas city-based AMC Entertainment Inc., the nation's second-largest movie exhibitor, is making plans to offer publicly traded shares again." About 260 people...
And in This Corner...
March 5, 2009
Review of "The Black Athlete on Film," an exhibit of posters for black sports movies at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Includes color photographs of some of the posters.
As a Child Actor Here, He Got a Start toward Broadway
Photos and biographical article about Ernest Truex (1889-1973), a movie and television actor starting out as a child actor in the play "Quo Vadis" at "the old Auditorium Theater in Kansas City" around...
Athlete Who Inspired ''The Blind Side'' Shares His Message of Hope
March 3, 2011
Michael Oher, the Baltimore Ravens football player made famous in the movie "The Blind Side," was the keynote speaker at the 50th annual Greater Kansas City Area Mayors' Prayer Breakfast, March 2, 2011....
Photos and article about the recent (ca. 1960s-1970s) history of movie-making of "B" films in Kansas City, focusing on the experiences of producer-director Lamar Card in shooting the 1976 movie "The Student...
September 8-14, 2005
Article profiles Kansas City area filmmakers Kevin Willmott (a University of Kansas faculty member) and Rick Cowan (a native of Macon, Missouri and graduate of Northwest Missouri State Univeristy). Their...
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