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Rainbow Island –
screen play by Walter DeLeon and Arthur Phillips; based on a story by Seena Owen; music and lyrics by Burton Lane and Ted Koeller; directed by Ralph Murphy for Paramount. At Loew’s Criterion.

Lona . . . . . Dorothy Lamour
Toby Smith . . . . . Eddie Bracken
Pete Jenkins . . . . . Gil Lamb
Ken Masters . . . . . Barry Sullivan
Doctor Curtis . . . . . Forrest Orr
Queen Okalana . . . . . Anne Revere
High Priest Kahuna . . . . . Reed Hadley
Alcoa . . . . . Marc Lawrence
Executioner . . . . . Adia Kuznetzoff
Miki . . . . . Olgan San Juan
Moana . . . . . Elena Verdugo

The same mad formula for comedy which heretofore has been used to great advantage by Paramount in its memorable “Road to —” films is given a fair going-over in the latest of that studio’s musical shows, a gaudy item called “Rainbow Island,” which came to Loew’s Criterion yesterday. Only this time a new pair of comics, Eddie Bracken and Gil Lamb, are filling the zany roles formerly apportioned to Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, and Barry Sullivan is an adjunct who makes romance with the invariable Dorothy Lamour. But the same sort of nonsense is in order, the same sort of florid burlesque. If only the script were better and Bracken and Lamb were Crosby and Hope—.

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Well, everything can’t be expected. And there is certainly enough moonshine here to dazzle the risibilities of the average seeker of escape. For Bracken and Lamb are funny fellows (who only pale by comparison) and Miss Lamour — back a1143_rainbow island5to saronging — gets the most out of what she has. Likewise, for visual entertainment, there are other characters, also in sarongs, who do a great deal with their resources to adorn the back—and foreground.

The present excursion finds three sailors—the Messrs. Bracken, Lamb and Sullivan—cast away on a South Pacific island found only on the charts at Paramount. Here the suspicious natives discover that the Bracken phiz bears a truly amazing resemblance to the high man on their totem pole, and they enthrone Mr. Bracken, temporarily, as the materialization of their god. Unfortunately, this deity is supposed to possess none of the appetites of man, and the lives of Mr. Bracken and his fellows depend upon his proof of godly abstinence. What with the islands’ abundance of food and other tempting things—well, you can see the dilemma and also the line of the film.

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Mr. Bracken makes a very balmy comic, and when he is on the screen there is constant cause for amusement, if only to look at him. His qualms in the face of a1143_rainbow island4native menace, his dubious displays of pomp and his general all-around dopiness are masterful scoops of burlesque. A scene in which Mr. Bracken, as the god, gives paternal advice to a maiden on how to please a husband is truly side-splitting stuff.

Mr. Lamb is also amusing, but in a less sheepish way. Indeed, his butts of angular clowning are occasionally too blunt to be enjoyed. Mr. Sullivan fits into the picture as a romantic second-lead should, and Miss Lamour moans one song, “Beloved,” and generally keeps out of the main road. There is a good bit of wiggle-dancing and other Technicolored side-shows in this film. But it is mainly the job of Mr. Bracken that makes it worth going to see.

Also on the bill at the Criterion is “Target Japan,” a two-reel Navy film, which explains—with battle scenes—the general strategy of our Pacific war through Guam. It is an eminently timely picture, although it fails to reveal anything about the war which the average news reader does not already comprehend.

Movie review by Bosley Crowther – The New York Times, October 26, 1944

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And he was very popular in Norway in the late sixties because of a TV series I haven’t got a snowballs chance in hell remembering what was called  – Ted

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… taking five and a smoke during the filming of “The African Queen” one of my all time favourite movies. Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart in the same movie, what more can you ask for – By the way, man, what a cool lady – Ted


I stand corrected! And thanks to the three of you, Terry, Mary & DQ Slotlins who stood for the correction. The lady on the picture is of course Lauren Bacall (another of my absolute favourites, by the way).

The text where I found the image said it was too, but it also said she was taking a rest during the filming of “The African Queen”. I took a chance guessing that the blogger had got the name wrong not the movie, totally forgetting that Bacall was married to Bogart. At least some of the text was right, Lauren Bacall is also a very cool lady 😉 – Ted

Here they are all three taking a break during the filming:
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There are actors who become stars because they strike awe — because they’re imposing, powerful, monumental. And then there was James Garner.

Garner, who died Saturday night of natural causes at age 86, was no toothpick of a man — he was a former high school football and basketball player who kept his rugged, weathered good looks long into life. But the characters he became famous for, especially TV’s Bret Maverick and Jim Rockford, won you over with their minds. They got through trouble with cleverness, charm and subtle wit. Garner wasn’t the kind of star who won love because he seemed so elevated above you: he made you love him by showing you that he was on your level — had in fact 1952_garner_02spent some time down in the dirt, brushed off the dust, and moved on with a rascally smile.

The handsome Garner was a natural for westerns and war pictures and adventure movies. But the characters that proved the best fit for his natural, easygoing charm were anything but typical screen stars. He came of age as an actor in the heyday of the TV western, not by playing an upstanding lawman but as the wily, disarming card shark Bret Maverick in the action-comedy Maverick, a gambler and ladies’ man who had the fastest mind in the West.

Garner’s most famous role, as Jim Rockford in The Rockford Files in 1974, was the perfect meeting of Garner’s talents and the spirit of the age. Like Bret Maverick, Rockford was a screen-hero archetype who became all the bigger for being cut down to size: a private detective who’d spent time in jail on a bad rap, always one step ahead of the bill collectors and one good night’s sleep shy of his peak. He was not a pressed suit; he was a rumpled jacket that could use a dry cleaning. And that was what made him wear so comfortably.

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In the end, charm and humor wear more comfortably than rage and drama. Audiences love that kind of character. Fate loves that kind of character. If you need a quick thumbnail philosophy for living, it would not be a terrible one to simply remember to ask yourself, whenever you face adversity, “What would Jim Rockford do?” For posing that question, and giving it such an entertaining answer, thank you James Garner, and RIP.

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I can just as well admit it at once, I’m a James bond buff. I got all Fleming’s books both in worn paperbacks from my younger days and nice bookshelf hard cores, and I’ve read them all several times. And like with most real Bond buffs, there is only one James Bond for me; Sean Connery. Apart from Daniel Craig the rest of them are a bunch of sissies. My absolute favourite Bond Movie is Thunderball and my heart soars when I read here that that movie is still the top grossing of all Bond movies. The reason it is my favourite is that it is the Bond movie that has a story line closest to the the original book – Ted

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The Walter PPK was not James Bond’s weapon of choice as it says on the illustration. He was forced to start using that because M found Bond’s weapon of choice, a Beretta 32 cal. with a skeleton grip lacking in stopping power.

Watching the movies is not enough, read the books 😉

Image found at my Swedish friend Rincewind’s blog Erotixx

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117395_mfl1The Broadway musical My Fair Lady has opened for its first night in London, to a rapturous reception. The event, at the Drury Lane theatre, was star-studded: Ingrid Bergman, Dirk Bogarde, Terence Rattigan and John Strachey were among those who arrived at the theatre to be greeted with cheers and applause by a crowd of several hundred lining the street.

The show has also attracted the attention of ticket touts for the first time in the West End. Black-market tickets were selling for as much as £5 – almost five times their original prices. There were several incidents between police and touts before the show, and two men were later arrested and charged.

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The show kept much of its original Broadway cast, with Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins, and Julie Andrews playing Eliza Doolittle. From the moment the curtain went up to reveal the opening scene, at St Paul’s Church outside Covent Garden, the applause was thunderous.

Mr Harrison, who has played Professor Higgins for the last two years in New York, admitted he was nervous before his first performance in front of a London audience. But, he said, he was glad to be back in London. "I’m happier in the part in London," he said, "for I am home, and Drury Lane is a glorious theatre to work in."

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The excitement surrounding the transfer of the musical to London has been intense. Advance ticket sales are estimated at over £350,000, and the first month is already sold out – with more expensive seats sold out until the end of the year.

The London show is expected to match its Broadway version in breaking records: the New York show has earned $7.3m (£2.5m) in its two-year run, overtaking South Pacific to become the second-highest grossing Broadway musical. Only Oklahoma, which has made $9m (£3.2m), is more popular. The actors are now waiting nervously for the first reviews. But whatever the critics think, the show’s popularity is already assured.

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The reviews of the first night of My Fair Lady were unanimous in declaring the London version of the musical a triumph.

The show went on to break all box-office records, in London and New York. The Broadway musical’s total takings exceeded the then all-time highest figure of $10m (£3.4m), while in London it ran for just over five and a half years, with 2281 performances, and earned a record £3.5m. By the time it closed, in October 1963, almost four and a half million people had seen it.

Four years later, Warner Brothers bought the film rights for another record sum of £2m. The film was released in 1964: it also starred Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins, with Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle. It was nominated for 12 Oscars, winning eight, and remains a classic to this day.

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117439_dam1Dames is a 1934 Warner Bros. musical comedy film directed by Ray Enright with dance numbers created by Busby Berkeley. The film stars Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell, Joan Blondell, Guy Kibbee, ZaSu Pitts, and Hugh Herbert. Production numbers and songs include "When You Were a Smile on Your Mother’s Lips (and a Twinkle in Your Daddy’s Eye)", "The Girl at the Ironing Board", "I Only Have Eyes for You", "Dames" and "Try to See It My Way".

Plot
Eccentric multimillionaire Ezra Ounce (Hugh Herbert), whose main purpose in life is raising American morals through a nationwide campaign, wants to be assured that his fortune will be inherited by upstanding relatives, so he visits his cousin, Matilda Hemingway (Zasu Pitts) in New York City, in Horace’s view the center of immorality in America. What Ounce finds most offensive are musical comedy shows and the people who put them on, and it just so happens that Matilda’s daughter, Barbara (Ruby Keeler), is a dancer and singer in love with a struggling singer and songwriter, her 13th cousin, Jimmy Higgens (Dick Powell). On Ezra’s instructions, Jimmy the "black sheep" has been ostracized by the family, on pain of not receiving their inheritance.

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Matilda’s husband, Horace (Guy Kibbee) meets a showgirl named Mabel (Joan Blondell), who’s been stranded in Troy when her show folds, and connives her way into sleeping in Horace’s train compartment as a way to get back home. Terrified of scandal, he leaves her some money and his business card, along with a note telling her to not mention their meeting to anyone; but when Mabel discovers that Horace is Barbara’s father, she blackmails him into backing Jimmy’s show.

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117391_sp1The acting profession’s top award has gone to a black actor for the first time. Sidney Poitier won the best actor Oscar for his role in Lilies of the Field. In the film, released last year, he played construction worker Homer Smith whom a group of nuns believe was sent to them by God to build their church.

The only other black person to win an Oscar was the best supporting actress award given to Hattie McDaniel in 1939 for her role in Gone with the Wind. Alongside ‘Rat Pack’ actor Sammy Davis Jnr and, earlier, Paul Robeson, Poitier is one of only a handful of black men to gain recognition in Hollywood for roles not involving singing or dancing.

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117391_sp2It was the second time he had been in the running for an Oscar after losing out in 1959 when he was nominated for his part in The Defiant Ones. "It has been a long journey to this moment," the actor said after he was presented with the prized statuette by actress Ann Bancroft. Sidney Poitier’s early life seemed unlikely to spawn a Hollywood star.

He grew up in poverty in the Bahamas in the Caribbean where his father was a tomato farmer. In his first months in New York he was so poor he slept in the toilets of a bus station. He was hampered in his efforts to break into acting by his strong Bahamian accent and was initially rejected by the American Negro Theatre.

His first film was No Way Out alongside Richard Widmark in 1950 in which he played a doctor. But his big breakthrough came five years later in The Blackboard Jungle. His roles have been a big move away from the stereotypical dim-witted Negro characters made famous in the 1930s and 1940s by Stepin Fetchit.

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Much of America was scandalised by the chaste congratulatory peck on the cheek Ann Bancroft gave Sidney Poitier when presenting his award. Three years later the actor took part in the first on-screen interracial kiss in the film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? The film was among a string of hit movies Sidney Poitier starred in during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

They included In the Heat of the Night and the role for which Poitier is probably most famous, Detective Virgil Tibbs. In 2002 Denzel Washington and Halle Berry won the best actor and best actress Oscars – the first black actors to win since Poitier. At the same ceremony Sidney Poitier was given a lifetime achievement award.

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Carmen Miranda and Cesar Romero in a dance scene from the 1940s

I find it hard to guess where this photo was first published back in the puritan 1940s America. I also refuse to believe it was printed without photographer, editor and copy readers noticing that Miranda had forgotten an important piece of clothing that morning. Anyway I couldn’t help laughing out loud when I came across this image on the net –Ted

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A young Arnold Schwarzenegger showing a surprisingly interested middle aged lady his famous muscular bum on the dancing floor – Image found at “Retrospace Zeta

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Johnny Hallyday (born Jean-Philippe Smet; 15 June 1943) is a French singer and actor. An icon in the French-speaking world since the beginning of his career, he was 116814_jh1considered by some to have been the French Elvis Presley. He was married for 15 years to one of the most popular French female singers: Sylvie Vartan. They formed the golden couple of the sixties and seventies in Europe. Vartan’s career is contained mostly in the 70s and 80s. She does not have significant a fan base among younger people or radio as of today. Hallyday, whose music career has spanned a half-century, is one of France’s biggest stars. He has completed 100 tours, had 18 platinum albums, and sold more than 110 million records. Hallyday announced his retirement from performing on 3 December 2007, saying that he will retire in 2009, after a farewell tour. Johnny Hallyday is back in 2011 after a fairly publicized conflict with his former manager.


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Influenced by Elvis Presley and the 1950s rock revolution, Hallyday became famous in the 1960s for singing rock and roll in French. His debut single, "Laisse les filles" was released on the Vogue label in March 1960. His first album, Hello Johnny, was released in 1960. In 1961 his cover of "Let’s Twist Again" sold over one million copies, and was 116814_jh2awarded a gold disc. It topped almost every European chart, although the track did not appear in the UK Singles Chart. He appeared on the American Ed Sullivan Show with American singing star Connie Francis in a show that was taped at the Moulin Rouge nightclub in Paris. He also staged many appearances in the Paris Olympia under the management of the late Bruno Coquatrix. For their first concert, The Jimi Hendrix Experience opened for Johnny Hallyday in Évreux on 13 October 1966. Black and white footage, also from October 1966, exists of Hallyday partying with Hendrix, his manager Chas Chandler and others.

At the end of the 1960s, Hallyday made a string of albums with Mick Jones and Tommy Brown as musical directors, and Big Jim Sullivan, Bobby Graham and Jimmy Page as session musicians. These are Jeune Homme, Rivière… Ouvre ton Lit (aka Je suis né dans la rue) and Vie. On Je suis né dans la rue, Hallyday also hired both Peter Frampton and the Small Faces. Amongst their contributions are the songs "Amen (Bang Bang)", "Reclamation (News Report)" and "Regarde Pour Moi (What You Will)" which are variations of Small Faces and Humble Pie – which was Frampton’s band – tracks and they can be heard playing on the album. Often forgotten is Hallyday’s non-LP single and EP track "Que Je T’aime" from the same sessions.[10] By 1969 alone, his sales of records exceeded twelve million.

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I know that Hollywood kisses aren’t supposed to be real kisses, just playing for the gallery, but the rest of the people in the studio must have had a hard time keeping from laughing out loud when watching this type of antiseptic nookie. And the actors must have struggled to put some feeling into the acting with these contraptions strapped around their faces – Ted   Image found at “RetroZone

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image-archeology.com has images and information about some areas in Southern California and also some other areas, mainly in California.

The site is owned and controlled by Gary Lenhart. The images on this site are intended for your personal reference and may be viewed for your personal, non-commercial, educational use

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The trouble with having dames on board is you can’t
pee over the side.”
 Humphrey Bogart

Due to safety at sea campaigns death by drowning accidents has steadily decreased in my home country Norway which is a country of pleasure crafts and cottages by the sea. The death toll is stable in only one group, grown men found with their flys open and alcohol in their blood – Ted

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tumblr_kxgsx8P5X51qzif95o1_1280Mamie Van Doren has led a pretty wild life which she enjoys sharing with others. One of her first studio dates was with Rock Hudson.

Oh, there were rumours about Rock even then. Some of the other actresses under contract had told me that on a date with Rock, I would be as safe as though I was in my mother’s arms. It was, in fact, a publicity stunt on the part of the studio to get Rock out on the town with the newest sexy starlet in their stable.

I was ready when the doorbell rang, done up in a prom-queen gown that the studio’s Wardrobe Department had created for the occasion. It had a strapless, beaded bodice and layer after layer of crinolines under the skirt.

11399_mvdRock and I sat at a table with Joan Crawford and her date. Joan was pounding down the booze with a vengeance, eyeing me from time to time the way a barracuda eyes a crippled grouper. She snubbed me totally except to loudly proclaim that I must have diligently fucked my way to the threshold of stardom where I then stood.

When the evening was over, Rock took me home. My parents were asleep, and we tiptoed into the kitchen where we necked, panting heavily, and sank to the floor. I helped Rock unzip his fly, only to discover that it was no pebble he was hiding in there. Zowie! Rock was sporting a boulder! He rolled on top, but found himself engulfed in a cloud of crinoline.

I tried to guide him inside me but couldn’t reach him through the forest of underskirts. We slid on Mother’s waxed linoleum, struggling for traction.  Rock let out a long sigh and his weight collapsed on top of me. “I’m coming,” he groaned. We got up and repaired the damage as best we could. It’s hard to wipe anything off of crinolines.

I took the dress back to the Wardrobe Department and hurried out before they could look at it. For all I know it’s still hanging there in some dusty corner, un-dry cleaned forty-plus years later, mute and crusty testimony to Rock Hudson’s at least occasional bisexuality.

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May be not the greatest singer around, but man, what a dancer – Ted

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Article from the British newspaper The Guardian, 10 January 1945
01880_fsThe United States is now in the midst of one of those remarkable phenomena of mass hysteria which occur from time to time on this side of the Atlantic. Mr. Frank Sinatra, an amiable young singer of popular songs, is inspiring extraordinary personal devotion on the part of many thousands of young people, and particularly young girls between the ages of, say, twelve and eighteen. The adulation bestowed upon him is similar to that lavished upon Colonel Lindbergh fifteen years ago, Rudolph Valentino a few years earlier, or Admiral Dewey, the hero of Manila Bay, at the turn of the century.

Mr. Sinatra has to be guarded by police whenever he appears in public. Indeed, during the late political campaign he broke up a demonstration for Governor Dewey, the Republican candidate, merely by presenting himself on the sidelines as a spectator. (Since Mr. Sinatra was an ardent supporter of President Roosevelt, some unkind people suggested that he had done this from political motives.) His earnings, including songs on the wireless, gramophone records, appearances in motion pictures and engagements in theatres and night clubs, are in the neighbourhood of $1,250,000 annually. His mail runs into thousands of letters daily; he cannot put his nose out of doors without careful precautions in advance.

01880_fs2Many thousands of his "fans" have never seen him in the flesh but have only heard him broadcast or seen him on the films, where, incidentally, he is not particularly successful. Psychologists have written soberly about the hypnotic quality of his voice and the remarkable effect upon susceptible young women. Because he wears a polka-dotted bow tie hundreds of thousands of young people of both sexes wear a similar tie. The teen-age girls who constitute the main part of his audience also wear short white half-hose, and are therefore called "bobby-sox girls" or, more simply, "bobby-soxers."

Mr. Sinatra was born and brought up in comparative poverty in the city of Hoboken, New Jersey, just across the river from New York. He had a desultory education and did nothing in particular until about the age of twenty when he began to sing with a band in night clubs and cinema theatres. It is reasonable to suppose that his popularity with young people was at first a fiction invented by his press agent; it is not uncommon for myths of this sort to be set going by those enterprising gentlemen, and young people have even been hired to riot on a small scale in a music-hall or cinema to demonstrate the popularity of a performer. There is no doubt, however, that the matter has now become a genuine phenomenon.

01880_fs3A writer in the "New Republic" recently described the scene in a New York cinema when Mr. Sinatra was part of the "stage show" there. On the opening day of his engagement the crowd waiting for admission early in the morning got out of hand; shop windows were smashed, police and ambulances had to be summoned. Thereafter a long line was to be found waiting admission, beginning early each morning, and the line lengthened, instead of decreasing, as the day went on.

One difficulty was that multitudes of the admirers of "The Voice" as Mr. Sinatra is popularly called, refused to leave after having seen one complete performance in a non-stop programme which went on every day from nine in the morning until after midnight. Of 3,500 spectators only about 250 left at the end of the first performance. One young woman is known to have sat through 56 consecutive performances, which means about eight consecutive days. Some of the youngsters faint with hunger and fatigue after sitting six or eight hours without food, but still refuse to leave until they are bodily removed by the attendants.

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Article from Popular Mechanics feb 1939 found at modernmechanix.com

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Not content with collecting photographs and autographs, star-struck movie fans in England go their American sisters one better by buying novelty pillow covers bearing the likenesses of their favourite movie stars. Almost life size, the pillow portraits are real photographs printed on the fabric by a photographic-printing process. The material is first treated with a sensitizing solution, then exposed under the negative, and finally developed and fixed. Movie-star draperies, upholstery, and dress fabrics are being manufactured in a similar way.

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6 Hollywood hunks tell young women how to catch "Mr Right"

Article from the American magazine "Motion Picture and Television Magazine" June 1954
Written by Hellen Weller

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Rock Hudson, Fernando Lamaz, Jeffrey Hunter, Rock Hudson, John Derek & Tab Hunter give you their thoughts on the subject.

Do you sit back lazily and dream sweet thoughts about having a shining knight ride out of the blue and claim you for his bride? Or do you believe in doing something more active about it?
Wailing about the shortage of men won’t do it. There are ways and ways of quickening the marriage gleam in a mans eyes. Makes no difference if you’re the most popular girl in your crowd or if you spend most nights in front of your television set alone. Bagging a husband takes a different technique than merely bagging a date. If you’d like to change your name the beautiful way, it’s high time you learned some tips on how to find the right guy.

Read the whole article here girls

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