The East Coast, May 2 to 25

Blanche Markwell/Colp (Loeb), 1900 to 1963, wife of Robert M. Markwell, was known as Binks.

Marynell Eisenberg (Markwell), 1924 to 1995, was the daughter of Binks and Robert.

Joseph Patrick Kennedy, 1888 to 1969, was a US businessman, investor and politician, and father of John F., Robert and Edward Kennedy. From 1926, he invested heavily in Hollywood. His company, FBO, was one of three that merged in 1928 to form RKO, one of the so-called Big Five studios of Hollywood’s Golden Age

Louis Mayer Elliman (Louis M), 1896 to 1987, was a Dublin-born first cousin of Louis. He went with a friend to the US when he was 14, his parents allowing him to go “only because they didn’t think a minor would get by the Ellis Island immigration officials and I’d have to come right back home,” he recounted. The friend’s family, however, saw him through immigration and helped him get located, before they went West.. Alone in New York with very little money, Louis M. sought work — any work — briefly holding some 50 different jobs within a couple of months. “Each was a good experience. I learned from them all,” he recalled. Within months, the budding automobile industry had lured him to Detroit, where he rapidly advanced through a series of positions to become assistant to the president of the Federal Steel Corporation. In the early 1930s, he established the Elliman Steel Co., which he directed until his retirement in 1972.

Murray Silverstone, managing director of the United Artists American film and television entertainment studio in the UK

Jack K. Lawrence, 1912 to 2009. Born in New York, he wrote the lyrics for Broadway shows that included Courtin’ Time (1951) and I Had a Ball (1964), as well as for the ballad Tenderly, one of Rosemary Clooney’s trademark songs.

East 61st St &, 5th Ave, New York
The Pierre’s Cotillion Room
The American entertainment media magazine Billboard noted Louis’s arrival, May 6, to ‘gander’ talent!

Minna Elliman (1887-1969) was Louis M’s first wife. She was nine years his senior, a widow with a son when she married him. She was succeeded by Mollie, Louis M’s second wife (1912-1995), who was 25 years her junior, and outlived him.

Palm Court, New York Plaza

Joseph (Joe) Seidelman, was foreign distribution head, Universal Pictures

William (Bill) A. Scully, 1894 to 1987, from Portland, ME, was vice president and general sales manager of Universal Pictures from 1938 until he retired in 1956. Before coming to Universal, he was sales manager for Metro‐Goldwyn Mayer.

Maurice A. Bergman, 1899 to 1978, was a motion picture advertising and public relations executive. He managed public relations for the Brooklyn Paramount Theatre in the 1930s, became advertising manager for Twentieth Century Fox in 1940, moved to direct eastern advertising and PR for Universal International Pictures in 1942, and was appointed the company’s executive in charge of public relations in 1951.

Dan D. Mich, editorial director, of Look Magazine, amid contact sheets, transparencies and photographic prints

Samuel (1891-1971) and Saidye Rosner Bronfman (1897 to 1995) (Sam and Sadie Broughman in Louis’s text).  Sam Bronfman founded the Seagram Company, and the family played a leading role in the Canadian-Jewish community
Riverside Drive is a scenic north-south thoroughfare in the Manhattan borough of New York City
Henry Hudson Parkway

Edgar Mayer, 1890 to 1975, was an associate professor at the Cornell University School of Medicine and director of its pulmonary service, professor of industrial medicine at New York University, founder and the first president of the New York State chapter of the American College of Chest Physicians.

Cecile Seligman Lehman Mayer, 1894 to 1962, was a leading figure in charity, culture and civic work.

Maharajadhiraj Raj Rajeshwar Sawai Shri Sir Yeshwant Rao II Holkar XIV Bahadur, 1908 to 1961, was Maharaja of Indore (Holkar State)

Loew International managed MGM’s large East Coast movie theatre operations. In 1920, Marcus Loew bought Metro Pictures Corporation, and a few years later acquired a controlling interest in the financially troubled Goldwyn Picture Corporation.

Chas (Charlie) Goldsmith, 1908 to 1998, began his career at MGM in 1931 as an assistant manager in Brazil. After World War II, he coordinated the company’s activities in the British Empire, and in 1952 became UK chairman and managing director of MGM Pictures and their associated theater company.

Joseph Richard Vogel, 1895 to 1969, was president of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer from 1956 to 1963. He green-lighted movies that include Gigi, North by Northwest, King of Kings and Ben Hur.

Nate J. Blumberg, 1894 to 1960, motion picture executive. Born in New York City, he was advising the CBS Broadcast group in the mid-1930s when Universal Pictures hired him to head the studio’s management and finance departments. Making Universal a first-run market with A-class bankable film stars, he was its president from 1938 to 1952, and chairman of its board, from 1952 to 1960.

Vera Fox Blumberg, 1901to 1977, was Nate’s wife, and sister of motion picture and television executive Matthew M. Fox.

Leonard Lyons (born Leonard Sucher), 1906-1976), was an American newspaper columnist. After briefly practicing law, he began a weekly column for the Jewish Daily Forward, “East of Broadway.” He then applied for a post as a Broadway columnist with the New York Post. His column became a New York institution, and was syndicated nationally.

Sylvia R. (Schonberger) Lyons grew up on the Lower East Side with her future husband.
The Reader’s Digest of May 1950 with J.P. McEvoy’s interview of General Douglas MacArthur

Sardi’s was a continental restaurant at 234 West 44th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue) in Manhattan’s Theater District. Known for the hundreds of caricatures of show business celebrities on its walls, it opened in 1927 and became known as a pre- and post-theater hangout, and a location for opening night parties.

Adolph Zukor, 1873 –1976, founded Paramount Pictures and served as its president from 1916 to 1936. He was born in in Ricse, Hungary, orphaned young and emigrated to the US at age 18. He started work in upholstery, became a furrier, prospered and acquired a large New York apartment and a vast Rockland County estate. He bought into the Paramount Pictures Corporation in 1917, and became the driving force behind its success. He revolutionized the film industry by organizing production, distribution and exhibition within a single company; he signed many of the leading stars; of his day; and pioneered ‘block booking,’ forcing exhibitors to buy a year’s worth of Paramount productions to get a certain star.

The Paramount Theatre and office building stood 39 stories high on a huge plot at Broadway and 43rd Street. It opened in 1926.

‘The Guvnor,’ Maurice Elliman, 1872 to 1952, Louis’s father and a pioneer of entertainment in Ireland.

Barney Balaban, 1887 to 1971, was a cinema industry innovator and president of Paramount Pictures from 1936 to 1964. The eldest of seven sons, he was a messenger-boy for a cold storage company until 1908 when, aged 21, he went into the cinema business. With brother-in-law Sam Katz, he built up a chain of cinemas which was incorporated in 1923. In 1936, he was elected president of Paramount.

George Weltner, 1901 to 1985, succeeded Balaban as president of Paramount Pictures Corporation. Born in Chicago, he began at Paramount in 1922 as a darkroom assistant after graduating Columbia University, and rose steadily through the company. In 1966, he oversaw Paramount’s merger with Gulf and Western Industries Inc.

Paul Ackerman, 1908 to 1977, an influential music journalist, was music editor of Billboard Magazine from 1943 to 1973.

Joseph (Joe) Seidelman was foreign distribution head for Universal Pictures.

The 21 Club, a former prohibition-era speakeasy and a traditional American traditional cuisine restaurant and, located at 21 West 52nd Street in New York City.

Tickets Please! was a musical revue which first played on Broadway at the Coronet Theatre from April 27 to November 4, 1950, starring Grace and Paul Hartman

The Latin Quarter was a nightclub in New York City, opened in 1942 by Lou Walters, father of Barbara, at 1580 Broadway at 47th Street. It featured big-name acts.

Thomas Edward Trinder, CBE, 1909 to 1989, was a British stage, screen and radio comedian of the pre- and post-war years, whose catchphrase was ‘You lucky people.’

Lou Walters, 1896 to 1977, was an American booking agent, theatrical producer and the founder of the famed Latin Quarter nightclub in New York. His daughter, Barbara Walters, became a famous television journalist.

The Greenbrier, luxury resort in the Allegheny Mountains near White Sulphur Springs in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

Robert (Bob) Goldstein, 1904 to 1974, was a motion‐picture producer, production chief at Twentieth Century Fox Studios, and a producer for Universal‐International and Warner Brothers.

Martin Joseph Quigley, Sr., 1890 to 1964, was an American publisher, editor and film magazine journalist. He founded Exhibitors Herald, an important national trade paper for the film industry, and Quigley Publishing.

William B. (Bill) Goetz, 1903 to 1969, an American film producer and studio executive, a founder of Twentieth Century Pictures, later renamed 20th Century Fox, and later head of production at Universal-International.

Martin Quigley Jr., 1917 to 2011, was a publisher of film magazines, author and politician, twice elected mayor of Larchmont, New York.

The Riviera was a nightclub in Fort Lee, NJ, outside New York City, which reopened in 1937 near the George Washington Bridge after burning down the year before. Its new building was featured in 1941’s Architectural Digest as a “state-of-the-art architectural wonder,” with a retractable roof, rotating stage and glass windows to the floor. It was demolished in 1954 to make way for the Palisades Interstate Park.
The Hotel Astor in the Times Square area was open from 1904 through 1967, and had a place in popular culture as a meeting-place and New York City landmark. Within its restrained exterior, the Astor featured a long list of elaborately themed ballrooms.
TheToots Shor restaurant, at 51 West 51st Street, was frequented by celebrities during the 1940s and 1950s. Along with toge the 21 Club, the Stork Club and El Morocco, it was a place to see and be seen. Its oversized circular bar was a New York landmark.

Texas, Li’l Darlin’ was a musical comedy which opened on Broadway at the Mark Hellinger Theatre in November 1949 and played through September 1950. Its story is of an Air Force veteran, who falls for the daughter of the man against whom he is running for the Texas senate.


Skyline Drive is a 105-mile-long road that runs the entire length of Shenandoah National Park in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

Natural Bridge, a geological formation in Rockbridge County, Virginia, is a 215-foot-high natural arch spanning 90 feet

Shoreham Hotel

Charles (Charlie) Goldsmith, 1908-1998, began his career at MGM in 1931 as an assistant manager in Brazil, went on to coordinate its operations in the British Empire, and in 1952 became the UK chairman and managing director of MGM Pictures and their associated theatres.

1540 Broadway was a 16-storey office building, which opened in 1921, across Time Square from Paramount’s headquarters, to house the offices and flagship theatre of the Loew Corporation, distributors of MGM films. Broadway’s first $1 million theatre, it featured vaudeville and films. Today, a 44-storey office tower stands on the site.

David Nathaniel Martin, 1898 to 1958, was born in Perth, Australia, and entered show business advertising for Waddington’s cinema circuit. In 1919 he became publicity manager for Paramount, the next year was appointed Universal Pictures’ New South Wales manager, and in 1933 formed his own company, Imperial Theatres Ltd. He leased the Rialto Cinema in Pitt Street, renovating and reopening it a year later with a revolutionary screening policy: only two shows a day, at the highest ticket prices in town. iI flourished, and in 1937 was taken over by MGM as a prestige showcase. Martin then turned to live theatre — the Minerva Centre in Kings Cross, Sydney, and the Tivoli in Melbourne. A hands-on producer, he dispensed with Australian performers, bringing overseas stars and productions.

Peacock Alley was inspired by the promenade that once connected the original Waldorf and Astoria hotels. The restaurant featured a bar, discreet lounge and private dining salon.
The Sert Room was a stately Art Moderne building, a focus of social life for one stratum of New York society, as well as a national symbol of the pampered life.
The Hungarian Pastry Shop was a legendary cafe on Amsterdam Avenue at 111th Street, the closest thing to a Parisian cafe in Morningside Heights.
The Imperial was a Broadway theatre at 249 West 45th Street, that opened in 1923 and seated up to 1417 people.
Ezio Pinza and Mary Martin in the original Broadway production of South Pacific, which won a Pullitzer Prize for drama.

William (Bill) Horne, 1913 to 1983, was an American operatic tenor, who performed with the New York City Opera. He was born in Manhattan.

Ruth Goddard, 1886 to 1972, was an actress and writer, known for BBC Sunday Night Theatre (1950) and On Camera (1954). She was born Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England as Frances Marion Ruth Fleetwood.

Margaret Elizabeth Sheridan, 1926 to 1982, was an American actress, best remembered for her role as Nikki Nickolson opposite in the 1951 science fiction classic The Thing from Another World.

William Joseph Patrick O’Brien, 1899 to 1983, was American film actor with more than 100 screen credits. Of Irish descent, he often played Irish and Irish-American characters and was known in the press as “Hollywood’s Irishman in Residence.”

Robert Douglas (Finlayson), 1909 to 1999, was a British stage and film actor, television director and producer.

Bell & Howell 8mm magazine movie camera

Jesse Block, 1900 to 1983, started performing in vaudeville as a child. In 1926, he met Eve Sully, 1901 to 1990, then touring in a song-and-dance act. They joined to form a cross-talk comedy act, played the Palace Theatre for the first time in 1929, and headlined there in October 1930. They married the same year.

The Harmonie Club, a private social club, was founded in 1852 at 4 East 60th Street. It is the second oldest social club in New York.

Isidore Williem Schlesinger, 1871 to 1949, was a pioneer of the South African entertainment industry, and a significant figure in the South African business world with interests in insurance, property development and finance. He entered the entertainment industry in 1931 with the purchase of the Empire Theatre in Johannesburg. His wife, Mable May, was a well-known Johannesburg actress.

Schmulke Bernstein’s was New York City’s first kosher Chinese restaurant. Located at 135 Essex Street, it served specialized meats and unique, kosher versions of Chinese delicacies — including a popular chicken liver dish named lo mein Bernstein — combining the two cultures. Its waiters wore traditional tasseled Chinese caps instead of yarmulkes, and its slogan was “Where kashrut is king and quality reigns.”
Rolls Royce
New York’s Lower East Side
Grand Central Station

Murray Silverstone, 1895 to 1969, started out in the legal profession, spending seven years in the New York County District Attorney’s office. His movie connection began with his joining the film division of Hearst Enterprises. He worked for United Artists for 20 years, becoming its president in 1938. In 1942 became president 20th Century Fox International.

Dorothy (Littman) Silverstone, 1904 to 1993, was a patron of the arts, and founder-director of the Scarsdale Cultural Center. With her three daughters in Israel in 1949, she produced The Magnetic Tide, a film about Jewish-Arab coexistence, that was distributed nationally by Century Fox.

With Murray, she co-founded the International Cultural Center for Youth in Jerusalem in 1960 as a place where Jewish and Arab children could learn about their own culture and those of others. A donation to the ICCY was made in memory of Louis’s parents, Leah and Maurice, (by their children?) at some point during the next 20 years — see the plaque in the centre of the top row.

The ICCY has since joined the Israel Association of Community Centres and renamed itself Beit Yehudit. It has expanded and broadened its programs — but lost this wall, honouring its supporters…

The Drake Hotel, a 21-floor complex with 495 rooms, was built in 1926. As well as spacious, luxurious rooms and suites, it boasted innovations such as automatic refrigeration.

Bnei Jeshurun Temple, Broadway

Sir Isaac Wolfson, 1897 to 1991, a Scots businessman and philanthropist, was managing director of Great Universal Stores (G.U.S. or Gussies) from 1932 to 1947 and its chairman from 1947 to 1987. He established the Wolfson Foundation to distribute most of his fortune to good causes.

Harvey Stone, 1913 to 1974, was a nightclub comedian and actor. He began his career in Detroit and made his reputation in World War II with his monologue on army life, after being drafted in 1943. Tall and heavily built, he made the most of his nonmilitary posture and appearance in uniform in playing the role of sure loser in every confrontation with the army. After the war he perfected the act and was a headliner at many benefit shows, nightclubs and television.

Manny Wolf’s, 49th Street and 3rd Avenue, New York

(Shaun) Terence Young, 1915 to 1994, was a British film director and screenwriter best known for directing three James Bond films — Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), and Thunderball (1965), all starring Sean Connery as Bond.

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