Sitting on the Moon (September 11, 1936)
Released on September 1, 1936: A song writer for movies falls in love with a down-and-out actress, and her career takes off while his slowly seems to be dying.
Produced by Nat Levine
Directed by Ralph Staub
Written by Julian Field with screenplay by Raymond L. Schrock, Rex Taylor and Sidney Sutherland
The Actors: Roger Pryor (Danny West), Grace Bradley (Polly Blair), William Newell (Mike Rooney), Pert Kelton (Mattie), Henry Kolker (Worthington), Henry Wadsworth (Charlie Lane), Joyce Compton (Blossom Dawn), Pierre Watkin (movie producer Tucker), William Janney (young husband), June Martel (young wife), The Theodores (three musicians accompanying 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 Movie Star and Her Cowboy
This movie is a love story between two musical people, but I want to tell you about a real love story . . . . Don’t run away fellows, this one is about one of Hollywood’s most famous cowboys and the star if this movie.
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, 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 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 is a down-and-out actress who falls in love with a wealthy song writer. In a ‘Star is Born’ twist, she will become a famous and wealthy radio singing star and he will lose his job and money. But just like her real life love story, all will end happily ever after. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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