St. John's Confidential File

Juanita Moore Dead At 99, Memory Celebrated

HELLO AMERICA!—Late New Year’s Day I received a call informing me that actress Juanita Moore had died.  She was 99 years old and preparing for “I Feel Sin Comin’ On,” a play based on my book “Hollywood Through the Back Door.” I was shocked after all; I had spoken with her that morning. We were discussing the character of...

Prepare Before Knocking On Producer Door!

HELLO AMERICA!—Since being responsible for wearing so many pre-production activities for our Pre-Broadway play with music from “I Feel Sin Comin’ On,” I have been forced to see that so many people, with aspirations of becoming an active part of the theater or films, have very little idea as to how to prepare.  Thousands of these innocent hopefuls crowd...

And The Beat Goes On Darkly

HELLO AMERICA!—The horrible killings which took place at Virginia Beach only enhanced a level of urgency which is clearly adding to the human challenge of being able to survive today. Most films and TV dramas are filled with images of people and situations which spotlight the loss of hope and faith and wondering if life can be better. Because...

Leon Isaac Kennedy One Who Loves Sharing

HELLO AMERICA!—I met Leon Isaac Kennedy when he and his wife Jayne Kennedy first arrived in Los Angeles.  They made it clear they were settling in to make things happen in their lives.  After all, Leon had been recognized as a radio personality in Ohio and Jayne had been chosen an Ohio beauty queen. Their next move had to...

Four Dynamite Power Forces Of 2016

HELLO AMERICA!—America, even the world looks for new and exciting blood to keep things boiling in the entertainment industry. I remember meeting men like Mike Frankovich, Jack Warner, Louis B. Mayer, Richard Zanuck, Jr (my former boss), Arthur Freed (arranged for me to meet musicians Andre Previn & David Raksin-Laura) who were all obvious winners. Mr. Mayer made it very...

Richard Chamberlain Free At Last!

HELLO AMERCA!—Growing up in the 1940s, we idolized Ray Milland, Ronald Coleman, Charles Boyer, Jimmy Stewart and so many exciting wonderful actors who reminded us who and what we were as a people. There is no doubt that Richard Chamberlain playing the challenging role of “Dr. Kildare” in 1961 affected us in the same way. The late actress, Joan Marshall,...

Roots And Now “Hollywood Through The Back Door”

HELLO AMERICA!—As a producer and one who recently helmed a major public Saban Theatre reading of the play "I Feel Sin Comin' On based on Michael St. John's controversial book "Hollywood Through The Back Door,"  the announcement of a  reproduced version of the Alex Haley's "Roots" seemed to be perfect timing. So much so, I begged my friend, Michael St. John to allow me, Michael Plaster to...

Arts Are Alive, America Not Dead

HELLO AMERICA!—I have been receiving so many queries concerning our Pre-Broadway play with music “I Feel Sin Comin’ On” from tons of young people who live in big and small towns and cities from all over our country; it’s quite gratifying to know that so many young people in the arts. It’s true that our nation is in quite...

Russ Tamblyn Understands Survival

HELLO AMERICA!—No matter how you look at it, Russ Tamblyn was an extremely lucky young kid in having an opportunity to work with some of the most exciting, talented actors of his day. He was born in Los Angeles in 1934, a perfect time to absorb all the high life, glitter and YES, opportunities which were available to him. When...

Diversity In Hollywood

HELLO AMERICA!—I have had so many of my readers around the world ask my feelings concerning diversity in Hollywood. I decided not to jump irrationally or explode verbally about a situation in our industry generally before giving it much thought. After doing so and remembering how the struggle has been for my journey since arriving in Hollywood in 1951. Even...
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