Sitting on the Moon (September 11, 1936)

Grace Bradley
 

Released on September 1, 1936: (running time 53 mintues) A song writer for movies falls in love with an out-of-work actress.

Produced by Nat Levine

Directed by Ralph Staub

The Actors: Roger Pryor (Danny West), Grace Bradley (Polly Blair), William Newell (Mike Rooney), Pert Kelton (Mattie), Henry Kolker (Worthington, radio program producer), Henry Wadsworth (Charlie Lane), Joyce Compton (Blossom Dawn), Pierre Watkin (movie producer Regis Tucker), William Janney (young husband), June Martel (young wife), The Theodores (three musicians accompanying Grace for the final song), Jimmy Ray (feature dancer), Harvey Clark (Frank, hotel manager), George Cooper (Jim Daggett, taxi cab driver), Donna Mae Roberts (girl in nightclub)

 

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The Singing Movie Star and Her Cowboy Hero

Brooklyn born musical prodigy Grace Bradley played a piano concert in Carnegie Hall at the age of fifteen, but three years earlier, at the age of twelve, she went to the movies and instantly fell in love with one of the actors. Like many young girls, she idolized the tall, smiling actor and with all the confidence of a twelve year old she declared that one day she would marry that man.

When Grace grew up she went to Hollywood where she got parts in movies, sometimes singing and displaying her musical abilities like in this story, and often as a ‘bad girl’ or fun-loving party girl. She acted in movies that included Bing Crosby, Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, W.C. Fields and many more, but never with the actor that stole her twelve year old heart.

Suddenly, a year after making this movie, she was invited to a cocktail party, and in an accident of fate she finally met the man who she idolized as a little girl, William Boyd, or Hopalong Cassidy. Seeing him in person and talking to him rekindled her wild crush on him, and William Boyd must have also been smitten by Grace, because before a week had passed William Boyd asked Grace Bradley to marry him and a few weeks later on June 5, 1937 they were married and began a life-long love affair.

When Grace’s movie studio contract ended she left motion pictures to be William Boyd’s wife and companion, supporting him in the background, walking away from any future career for herself. When Boyd’s producer ended the Hopalong Cassidy movies, William Boyd’s career seemed over, as no one wanted to cast Hopalong Cassidy in any other role.

With no one willing to hire Boyd for any good movie parts, He and Grace took a chance on buying the Hopalong Cassidy movies and the rights to any future movies. They sold their ranch and moved to a small apartment, sinking every penny they had into purchasing the Hopalong Cassidy franchise. They produced a few more movies that did all right, but another accident of fate brought them even greater wealth than Hollywood had ever given them.

A small company making metal lunch boxes for school children paid them for the rights to create Hopalong Cassidy lunch boxes, and those lunch boxes made a fortune for the company, and for William and Grace Boyd. Marketing Hopalong Cassidy with television shows and products like the lunch box brought greater riches than the movies ever did. In 1953 they officially retired from public life very wealthy, and still madly in love.

William Boyd passed in 1972 with Grace at his side. Until her death in 2010 Grace Bradley Boyd spent her time doing volunteer work at the Laguna Beach hospital where the love of her long life had spent his last days.

In this story Grace Bradley is an out-of-work actress who falls in love with a wealthy song writer. Nothing can keep these two love-birds apart, . . Except maybe the blonde bombshell he married in Mexico a week earlier while he was very drunk. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Donna Mae Roberts
Donna Mae Roberts
George Cooper
George Cooper
Grace Bradley
Grace Bradley
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Grace bradley, Roger Pryor
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Grace Bradley
Grace Bradley
Grace Bradley
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Grace Bradley, Roger Pryor
Grace Bradley
Grace Bradley
Harvey Clark
Harvey Clark
Henry Kolker
Henry Kolker
Henry Kolker, Grace Bradley
Henry Kolker, Grace Bradley
Henry Kolker, Roger Pryor, Grace Bradley
Henry Kolker, Roger Pryor, Grace Bradley
Henry Wadsworth
Henry Wadsworth
Henry Wadsworth and Grace Bradley
Henry Wadsworth and Grace Bradley
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Henry Wadsworth
Henry Wadsworth
Henry Wadsworth
William Newell, Pert Kelton
William Newell, Pert Kelton
Joyce Compton
Joyce Compton
Joyce Compton, Roger Pryor
Joyce Compton, Roger Pryor
Lester Dorr
Lester Dorr
Pat Gleason, Pierre Watkin
Pat Gleason, Pierre Watkin
Pert Kelton, Grace Bradley
Pert Kelton, Grace Bradley
Pert Kelton, William Newell
Pert Kelton, William Newell
Pierre Watkin
Pierre Watkin
Roger Pryor
Roger Pryor
Roger Pryor, Harvey Clark
Roger Pryor, Harvey Clark
Richard Pryor, Joyce Compton
Richard Pryor, Joyce Compton
Roger Pryor, Pert Kelton, William Newell
Roger Pryor, Pert Kelton, William Newell
Roger Pryor, Pierre Watkin
Roger Pryor, Pierre Watkin
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Roger Pryor, William Newell
Roger Pryor
Roger Pryor
William Janey, June Martel
William Janey, June Martel
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William Newell
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William Newell, Pert Kelton
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William Newell, Roger Pryor
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William Newell
William Newell
William Newell