“Our Gang” child stars (also known as “The Little Rascals”) are profiled, including a discussion on the death of Carl `Alfalfa' Switzer. Featured: commentary from director George Sidney and actors Tommy Bond (Butch) and Sidney Kibrick (Woim).
A profile of actress Hedy Lamarr (1913-2000), who was considered the “Most Beautiful Woman in the World” during the 1930s. This biography also looks at the private pain and scandal behind her public image.
Brazilian entertainer Carmen Miranda is remembered, from her days as a South American radio star to her move to the U.S. in the 1930s, when she wowed audiences with her over-the-top stage act. Also detailed is her marriage to producer David Sebastian and her death in 1954 at age 46 of a heart attack.
A look at the murky case of Jean Spangler, an aspiring actress who disappeared in 1949. Despite an intensive investigation that turned up several suspects, police never charged anyone with a crime, or recovered her body.
Silent-film actress Lina Basquette (1907-94) is remembered. The star of Cecil B. DeMille's “The Godless Girl” is perhaps best known for her stormy personal life, which included nine marriages. After her acting career faltered, she found success as a dog breeder, specializing in Great Danes.
Peter Lawford is spotlghted. Although a distinguished actor, he is best remembered for being a member of Frank Sinatra's “Rat Pack” and brother-in-law to President John F. Kennedy. He died on Christmas Eve, 1984.
The death of actor-director-producer Steve Cochran is recalled. In 1965, he set sail on his yacht to Guatemala, where he planned to scout locations for a film. En route, however, he died of a lung infection.
A profile of Maria Montez, who starred in numerous 1950s “B” movies, including “Cobra Woman” and “Gypsy Wildcat.” Included in the profile is a look at her suspicious death: She died in the bathtub, ostensibly from a heart attack.
A profile of actress Gloria Grahame, who won an Oscar for her role in the 1952 film “The Bad and the Beautiful,” focuses on the sensational aspects of her life, including her alleged affair with her 14-year-old stepson.
Dashing matinee idol Tyrone Power, who starred in “The Mask of Zorro” and “Witness for the Prosecution,” is remembered. A renowned ladies man, he married three times and also wooed Lana Turner before suffering a fatal heart attack at age 45.
Vincent Price is recalled. Known for his work in such films as “House of Wax,” he was “gray-listed” as a communist sympathizer and also found himself mired in the 1956 quiz-show scandal. Interviewees include the late actor's son and daughter, Charlton Heston, Dennis Hopper, Joan Rivers and Melissa Rivers.
An examination of the spirits allegedly haunting Tinseltown, including those of Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift. Also: how the ghost of a film producer attempted to warn Sharon Tate of her doomed fate.
Profiled is the Director Guild of America's first female member, Dorothy Arzner (1897-1979), whose credits include “The Wild Party” (1929) with Clara Bow, “Christopher Strong” (1933) with Katharine Hepburn, and “Dance, Girl, Dance” (1940) with Lucille Ball.