Henry Willson's infamous all-male parties in the Hollywood Hills. In a studio attempt to quell gay rumors, Willson gave them "manly" names consisting of a single-syllable (Van, Rock, Tab, Nick, Guy) followed by a recognizable Anglo sirname (Williams, Hudson, Hunter, Adams, Madison).
Born in 1922, former physique model Guy Madison (second from left) stood out from the crowd of Hollywood hunks by displaying his physique whenever possible. He had no qualms about shirtless and swimsuit shots and even full frontal nudity. In fact, he was the inspiration for the term "beefcake," first introduced in 1949.
Andy Devine, who played his hefty, braying sidekick, went on to star in Andy's Gang on 1950s children's tv.
1950s Western buddy-bonding and wasn't particularly interested in girls.
Although rumored to be gay, Guy was married and divorced twice. He died in 1996.
May 28, 2015
May 26, 2015
This blog is all about past moments, but I'm reliving and re-invigorating them. They're not frozen.
They're not placed carefully into albums but stacked in boxes along with other mementos of yesteryear. They like going through them and remembering.
These are the ones I wonder about.
They aren't random selfies. Someone had to buy flash bulbs and film, take the picture, then send the film to a lab to be developed and pay for the finished product.
They were deliberate. They were important. And someone was there.
Surely some of them were gay. This moment is but one of thousands of days, thousands of nights, thousands of memories.
See also: Finding the Gay Men in Old Photographs
I read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, From the Earth to the Moon, Mysterious Island, and A Journey to the Center of the Earth in elementary school, in abridged Scholastic Book Club editions. In high school, I read the originals, and collected some of the Ace paperbacks of Verne's lesser-known works: Michael Strogoff, The Begum's Fortune, The Carpathian Castle, Master of the World, The Village in the Tree-Tops.
During the 1950s and early 1960s, "Disney" versions of these Verne classics appeared, with two important changes:
1. To draw the all-important Boomer audience, a teenager.
2. To ensure a Hollywood fade-out-kiss, heterosexual obsessions were added.
In the 1954 movie (the only one actually from Disney), Ned (Kirk Douglas, not a teenager) sings about "the girls I've loved on nights like this," whose kisses make him "bubble up like molten lava."
Pat Boone as Alec (Axel). And in the last scene he's completely nude except for a sheep.
But at least they are shirtless or semi-nude most of the time, especially Herbert Brown (Michael Callan). The scene where he and the girl hide from a giant bee in a honeycomb is still scary today.
The 1962 Disney version (actually from 20th Century Fox) changes the cast, adding pilot Jacques (teen idol Fabian Forte) and newspaper report O'Shay (Red Buttons). Each falls in love with a woman en route; the movie ends with two couples enthusiastically kissing. And there's no beefcake (although Fabian, right, often appeared shirtless and nude in other productions).
This was also the era of the Disney Adventure Boys -- like Tommy Kirk, James MacArthur, and Kurt Russell -- hired to display Cold War masculinity, which meant two things: muscular physiques and heterosexual obsession.
May 25, 2015
After MacGyver, Anderson got swept up into the world of Stargate, an interplanetary portal, which spawned three series: Stargate SG 1 (1997-2007), Stargate: Atlantis (2004-2006), and Stargate Universe (2009-2010). I haven't seen any of them, but I understand that the 2009 series had a lesbian character, Camille (Ming-Na).