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Friday, November 28, 2014

MARLENE DAUDEN: ONE OF THE PHILIPPINE CINEMA'S DRAMA ICONS/ 1965

1965: Marlene Dauden is one of the hottest star materials in town today. She has been appearing in one box-office hit after another. After her contract expired with Sampaguita Pictures years ago, she sort of “hibernated” while doing her own productions--- three darling daughters. 

But the call of show business in her blood was too strong to deny so she guested in some pictures like The Reycard Duet Story and Tatlong Siga. Then, in succession---  Sapagka’t kami’y Tao LamangSa Bawa’t Pintig ng PusoIginuhit  sa Buhangin, and Milarosa. She is presently busy working on two assignments, Sa Oras ng Kadiliman and Ang Bukas ay Akin

Marlene is the rare and perfect combination of a successful career woman and a dutiful and happy housewife. What more can you ask for?

(Source: Spotlight on Show Business/ 1965)



"Sapagkat Kami'y Tao Lamang" (1963)



"Sa Bawa't Pintig ng Puso " (1964)


"Iginuhit sa Buhangin" (1965)



"Milarosa" (1965)


 "Sa Oras ng Kadiliman" (1965)





THE SIXTIES # 460: SUSAN ROCES, EDDIE GUTIERREZ, ROSEMARIE, PEPITO (VERA-PEREZ) AND TESSIE AGANA (IN A SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE) IN "EDDIE LOVES SUSIE" (1963)


"Eddie Loves Susie|" (1964)
VP Pictures
Release Date January 1, 1964/ Life
Filmed entirely in the USA, Mexico, Canada and Hawaii
Story Jose Leonardo and Lynn Pareja
Music Danny Holmsen
Screenplay and Direction Luciano B. Carlos
Cast Susan Roces, Eddie Gutierrez, Rosemarie, Pepito (Vera-Perez) and the special guest appearance of Tessie Agana/ with Tony cayado, Joey Randall, Carolyn Ball, Greg Bendix, Jeanette Hopkins, Irving Johnston, Marie Zabala, Fernando Cabebe, Luana Kamaka, Hamine Eha, Louise, Suzette and Valerie Wiginton and Snooky





Susan Roces and Rosemarie



(l-r) Rosemarie, Pepito Vera-Perez, Eddie Gutierrez
(photos: Inquirer.net)

Trivia: Let me tell you about three movie stars from the Philippines, who went to the Big Apple to film “Eddie Loves Susie” in the 1960s. They were Susan Roces, Eddie Gutierrez and Rosemarie Sonora. It was the time when Elvis Presley reigned as King of Rock ’n’ Roll everywhere.

During their flight from Manila, the three had stumbled onto a “military secret”: Elvis was staying in the same hotel where the Sampaguita-VP production group headed by Doc Perez and his wife, Azucena Vera-Perez, was billeted!

It was such a closely guarded secret that not even the director, Chaning Carlos, knew about it.

Immediately upon arriving at the hotel, our three stars were already positioning themselves where Elvis would pass on his way to his own film shoot.

The trio’s frenetic whispering caught the attention of someone in charge of hotel security. He approached the group and asked, “You want to see Elvis?”

Susan nodded, “Yes, we’re big fans of his!” The man then pointed them in the opposite direction.

Susan called out to Eddie, who was already moving away, “Hindi raw diyan dadaan, Eddie!” “Naku, gawain natin ’yan sa Pilipinas,” Eddie replied. “Nilalansi lang tayo n’yan. Hindi ako aalis!” Susan’s teenage sister, Rosemarie, also stood her ground.


(l-r) Eddie Gutierrez, Elvis Presley, Susan Roces, Rosemarie

Suddenly, a back door opened, and out emerged—Elvis Presley himself! But, he was so different from what Susan  expected.

Here is her  recollection: “Ang buhok niya, maputi! Tapos, meron pa siyang tissue sa mukha, kasi naka-makeup na s’ya and was ready for shooting.”

“‘Wait! I’ll call my brother.’ Si Eddie, naging ‘brother’ ko bigla. ‘And my sister!’ Hinatak ko si Rose. Nagpakuha kami ng picture! Una, si Elvis sa gitna, with Eddie and Rose. I said, ‘Teka, Rose, ako sa gitna, matanda ako sa ’yo!’

—That’s when Rose realized that Susan had really lost her poise!


Source: http://entertainment.inquirer.net/8375/%E2%80%98elvis-presley-is-leaving-the-building%E2%80%99


Thursday, November 27, 2014

RONNIE-CHARITO ROMANCE: "IT STARTED WITH A PHONE CALL" / GRAPHIC MAGAZINE/ FEBRUARY 15, 1961

"They were phone pals for one year until they met each other in person during the memorable FAMAS awards night last year. Their meeting has blossomed into a beautiful romance."




IT STARTED WITH A PHONE CALL 
by Joyce Abella Cuento

“Valentine’s Day,” the day much-awaited by all lovers, is back. For Charito Solis, this means receiving gifts, heart-shaped cards and love letters from her numerous suitors and admirers.
This Valentine of 1961 will be very different from Charito’s previous Valentines It will bring her a different sort of feeling for this is her first Valentine with somebody special. We refer to Fernando Poe, Jr., her beau of almost a year.  If plans do not miscarry, Charito will be going out nightclubbing with Ronnie. However, if Ronnie has a different thing in mind, Charito is willing to tag along with him. Charito would do that just so Ronnie would be by her side on this special day.

All of Charito’s previous Valentines had been quite unhappy, because by sudden twists of fate, she always had fallen out of love by the time they came.  “I just can’t understand why I have never spent Valentine with someone special, despite my having had so many beaus before. Every time Valentine’s Day came, I had usually broken up with my boyfriend or had fallen out of love, so that I had to spend that day alone with my thoughts,” Charito explained.
Although Charito refuses to admit that she is in love with Ronnie, her actions betray her. “If this is really love, then it’s so different,” quipped Charito. “It’s so nice to have someone who really cares for you. I haven’t felt anything like this before with my past boyfriends.”

Ronnie is Different

Charito admits that Ronnie is different from those other fellows. He possesses all the qualities that she had dreamed about in a man---his gentleness, thoughtfulness, tolerance, patience. He’s the only person who really listens to what Charito says, including her past, unhappiness at home, and her past loves. He always tries to make Charito happy. He is a great fun to be with. Both of them enjoy parties with small crowds and don’t go for nightclubbing unless there is a special reason for it.

Ronnie thoughtfully drops in at Charito’s place almost every night, and invites her sometimes for a snack. Whenever Charito has night shootings, Ronnie would fetch her, or just send his driver with his car and some snacks, with the instruction to bring Charito home, since Charito has no car yet.

Although they’re steady dates, both of them still date others. But, whenever Charito goes out with another fellow, she always tells Ronnie about it first and asks his advice, and vice-versa. If Ronnie feels that Charito would be unsafe with her new date, he would tell her so, and Charito would have the final decision.

Many, however, have wondered how these two stars, who are known for their temperament could go on with such sweet relationship. It is a fact that before Ronnie met Charito, he was often featured in brawls due to his quick temper, while on the other hand, Charito easily got moody at sudden provocations which resulted in her not talking even with her studio bosses. 
“Maybe it’s because we try to control each other’s emotions when we’re together,” replied Charito when asked about that. 

“When Ronnie, for instance, finds me in a very bad mood, he would be very patient in waiting for me to cool off, before he begins talking and joking with me. After some minutes, I would be my usual gay self again, and before I know it, I would be telling him already why I got mad.”

“On the other hand, when Ronnie gets mad, I try to pacify him gently. I recall that time when I went out with him, and he heard unsavory remarks about us. He was already about to punch those bystanders had I not applied the brakes on him. I often tell him that it is unwise for a movie star like him to lose his temper.”

Started at Phone Pals

Charito and Ronnie’s romance started from their being mere phone pals which lasted a year. Ronnie, who had beforehand admired Charito’s beauty in some magazines and pictures, called Charito first and introduced himself.  After the first call, Charito received more calls from Ronnie. One time, Ronnie asked her if they could see each other personally. Charito told him he could see her at radio station MBC, where she was having a live show program that evening. However, when Ronnie arrived, Charito was no longer there for she purposely gave him the wrong time. Charito, who came to like Ronnie over the phone, was afraid to see him personally, because her first impression of him might be ruined due to rumors that he was a tough guy and a playboy.

During those times, however, Charito often was kept awake nights thinking what Ronnie would be like in person. What would happen if they met? Would they ever want to see each other again after that? Or would the confrontation make them want to see each other again? Finally, Charito decided not to see Ronnie, at least for as long as she could help it.

But fate decreed that they meet and this took place during the FAMAS night in March last year at the Manila Hotel. Immediately after Charito had received statuette, a clean-cut, good-looking, bespectacled young man approached her as she was on her way to her seat. He congratulated her. Charito looked at him for quite a time, as if trying to recollect who that guy was, for she didn’t recognize him at first, though she had read much about Ronnie in magazines and had seen him in pictures.

Finally, however, when Ronnie gave him his name, Charito found him much different in person than in the movies, except for his voice. Then Ronnie took her to her seat. When Charito left to give a treat to some LVNers at the Nautilus, Ronnie followed her. Charito then invited him to join their group. “Why don’t you dance with Charito, Ronnie?” someone in the crowd suggested.

Looks Forward to Ronnie’s Visits

They danced together the whole evening, and both of them felt a certain liking for each other. From then on, Ronnie and Charito went ou frequently together. Charito, on the other hand, found herself looking forward to Ronnie’s visits and calls. 

Up to this time, Ronnie and Charito’s romance is still on. Charito’s friends all wish that this romance lasts, for they haven’t seen Charito happier than when she is with Ronnie.
“We like each other’s company a lot, and we feel happy when we’re together. But we are not yet so serious. We haven’t discussed marriage yet, for we are still engrossed in our movie careers. We want to be sure first of ourselves. I want to marry two years from now, but as to the date, it is uncertain, because nobody can fortell what the future really holds for us,” Charito said.

One thing is sure, though and it is that Charito Solis will fondly remember her Valentine this year.

By Joyce Abella Cuento
Graphic Magazine
February 15, 1961

FPJ and Charito Solis appeared together in three movies---


"Sandata at Pangako" (1961)
LVN Pictures, Inc.
Release Date April 29, 1961/ Life
Story Celso Trinidad
Serialized over DZXL
Music Polding SIlos
Screenplay and Direction F.H. Constantino
Cast Fernando Poe, Jr., Charito Solis, Bernard Bonnin, Lourdes Medel, Mila Ocampo, Gil de Leon, Johnny Reyes, Marietta Sanz, Tony Dantes, Baby Janet



"Pasong Diablo" (1961)
Poe-Zshornack Productions
Released thru Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions
Release Date September 21-30, 1961/ Dalisay
Direction Armando Garces
Cast Fernando Poe, Jr., Charito Solis, Zaldy Zshornack, Ronald Remy, Lourdes Medel, Rebecca, Oscar Keesee, Jess Lapid, Teroy de Guzman


"Tundo: Isla Puting bato" (1977)
Lea Productions
Release Date November 4, 1977
Story and Screenplay Edgar C. Reyes
Music Ernani Cuenco
Cinematography Sergio Lobo
Direction Cesar Gallardo
Cast Fernando Poe, Jr. and Charito Solis/ Also Starring Omar Camar, Laila Dee, Ingrid Salas and Mary Walter/ Co-Starring Vic Varrion, Belo Borja, Fred Param, Jimmy Santos, Eddie Gicoso and Jose Shoemaker/ Guest stars- Lorli Villanueva, J. Antonio Carrion and Rodolfo 'Boy' Garcia/ with Ding Salvador, Dante Javier, Joaquin Fajardo, Tony Villar, Rodolfo Meyer, Robert Miller/ Supported by tha SOS Daredevils, Thunder Stuntmen


THE SIXTIES # 459: FERNANDO POE, JR., CECILIA LOPEZ, JOHNNY MONTEIRO, CAROL VARGA, LAURO DELGADO, JULIET PARDO IN "12 KUBA" (1963)/ KOMIKS SERIAL AND MOVIE ADAPTATION

"12 Kuba" (1963)
People's Pictures, Inc.
Release Date December 31, 1963 to January 9, 1964/ Dalisay
Serialized in Liwayway Magazine
Music Tito Arevalo
Story, Screenplay and Direction Nemesio E. Caravana
Cast Fernando Poe, Jr., Cecilia Lopez, Johnny Monteiro, Carol Varga, Lauro Delgado, Juliet Pardo/ The other 11 Hunchbacks- Carlos Salazar, Jose Romulo, Eddie Fernandez, Oscar Roncal, Renato Robles, Lito Anzures, Jun Rosales, Marvin Molina, Dencio Padilla, Vic Lising, Flory Santos


"12 Kuba"
Katha ni Nemesio E. Caravana
Guhit ni Ruben N. Yandoc
Inilathala sa Liwayway Magasin

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THE SIXTIES # 458: AMADO CORTEZ, LEROY SALVADOR, BERTING LABRA, TOTO AND LOU SALVADOR, JR. IN "TAMARAW COMMANDOS (PHILIPPINE SCOUTS)" (1963)


"Tamaraw Commandos (Philippine Scouts)" (1963)
Golden Harvest Promotions
Released thru Republic International Enterprises
Release Date December 31, 1963/ Center
Direction Leroy Salvador
Cast Amado Cortez, Leroy Salvador, Berting Labra, Toto and Lou Salvador, Jr./ with Silvio Ramiro, Andy Gatchitorena/ The Women: Carol Varga, Caridad Sanchez, Marilou Munoz

THE SIXTIES # 457: FERNANDO POE, JR., JOSE ROMULO, BOB SOLER, BERTING LABRA, CARLOS PADILLA, JR., LOU SALVADOR, JR. AND ALL ALL-STAR CAST IN "SIGAW NG DIGMAAN" (1963)

A handful of soldiers (led by FPJ) holed up in a hilltop to repel the horde of advancing Japanese troops, sacrificing their lives for their beloved country. FPJ, the last man standing, was killed here, with bayonets, one of the rare times where he died on screen (and fans don't like it). 

FPJ Productions' "Sigaw ng Digmaan" won four FAMAS awards--- Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Lito Anzures); Best Cinematography (Sergio Lobo) and Best Editing  (Atilano Salvador).


"Sigaw ng Digmaan" (1963)
FPJ Productions, Inc.
Release Date December 30, 1963/ Boulevard
Music Tony Maiquez
Direction Efren Reyes
Cast Fernando Poe, Jr., Jose Romulo, Bob Soler, Berting Labra, Carlos Padilla, Jr., Lou Salvador, Jr., Lauro Delgado, Tony Ferrer, Max Alvarado, Paquito Diaz, Jess Lapid, Martin Marfil, Lito Anzures, Bert Olivar, Dencio Padilla, Manolo Robles, Victor Bravo, Avel Morado/ Also Starring Liza Moreno, Rebecca, Vic Diaz and Jose Padilla, Jr./ And a cast of thousands


Fernando Poe, Jr. , the star and producer of the movie, confers with Director Efren Reyes as production staff look on. Oscar Obligacion, Lito Anzures, Dencio Padilla and Ramon D' Salva can be seen at the back.



FPJ with Bob Soler during a break


Over a stretch of jagged hills in Montalban, Rizal, two helicopters hovered low, each with a movie camera unit aboard shooting a noisy, smoky activity on the cogon-clad ground below. A third camera unit was on a hillside taking in the scene from a closer angle. On a slope nearby, a group of popular male players crouched behind sandbags, spraying rifle and machinegun fire at a horde of extras playing Japanese soldiers, advancing hundred yards away. All over the place, explosions burst from the ground, supposed to be artillery bombardment. Every bullet though was blank and the simulated artillery blast was practically harmless. Yet this was a very realistic battle scene, said to be the biggest so far ever staged locally. The one-day filming of the battle scene cost FPJ Productions a reported P8,000.  The war movie, Sigaw ng Digmaan, starring Fernando Poe, Jr. and a host of other big stars, written and directed by Efren Reyes, is reported to be big in production aspect. 
(source: Song-Movie Magazine/ 1963)





Wednesday, November 26, 2014

SUSAN ROCES: COVER STORY ON SPOTLIGHT ON SHOW BUSINESS MAGAZINE/ 1965


SUSAN ROCES
Cover Story
Spotlight on Show Business Magazine/ 1965


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Fernando Poe Jr.
Back Cover

THE SIXTIES # 456: JOSEPH ESTRADA, PERLA BAUTISTA, MAX ALVARADO, MILA MONTANEZ AND JESS LAPID IN "BASAGULERO" (1963)


"Basagulero" (1963)
Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions
Release Date December 22, 1963/ Center
Story and Director Armando Garces
Cast Joseph Estrada and Perla Bautista/ Also Starring Max Alvarado, Mila Montanez, Ezar Visenio, Victor Bravo, Manolo Robles, Joaquin Fajardo, Nort Nepomuceno, Greg Lansang and Jess Lapid


THE SIXTIES # 455: NIDA BLANCA, NESTOR DE VILLA, LITA GUTIERREZ, DIOMEDES MATURAN, MALONY ANTONIO, MARIETTA SANZ IN "YEBA!!! CHI! QUI! CHA!"(1963)


"Yeba!!! Chi! Qui! Cha!" (1963)
Dalisay Pictures
Release Date December 20-30, 1963/ Dalisay
Choreography AL Quinn
Music Polding Silos
Story and Direction F. H. Constantino
Cast Nida Blanca, Nestor de Villa, Lita Gutierrez, Diomedes Maturan, Malony Antonio, Marietta Sanz/ Co-Starring Manuel Anzures, Ponga, Pedro Faustino, Lourdes Yumol, Nita Carmona

THE SIXTIES # 454: GLORIA ROMERO, LUIS GONZALES, LOPITO, PATSY, CHARLIE DAVAO IN "SINISINTA KITA (AKALA MO YATA AKO'Y NAGBIBIRO)" (1963)



"Sinisinta Kita (Akala Mo Yata Ako'y Nagbibiro)" (1963)
Sampaguita Pictures, Inc.
Release Date December 20, 1963/ Life
Story Jose Leonardo and Luciano B. Carlos
Screenplay Luciano B. Carlos
Music Restie Umali
Direction Rosa Mia
Cast Gloria Romero, Luis Gonzales, Lopito, Patsy/ Also Starring Charlie Davao, Lillian Laing, Nori Dalisay, Tony Dauden


THE SIXTIES # 453: JOSEPH ESTRADA, MAGGIE DE LA RIVA, PAQUITO DIAZ AND RODOLFO CRISTOBAL IN "KILABOT SA DAANG BAKAL" (1963)


"Kilabot sa Daang Bakal" (1963)
Luzon Productions
Release Date December 19, 1963/ Boulevard
Screenplay Johnny Pangilinan
Story and Direction Felix Villar
Cast Joseph Estrada, Maggie de la Riva, Paquito Diaz, Nello Nayo, Pugak, Elena Mercado and Rodolfo Cristobal/ with Silvio Ramiro (in a very special role)/ Featuring Lydia Resma, June Bergman/ Supported by Andy Garchitorena, Ben Manalo, Larry Silva, Ruben Ramos, Sancho Tesalona, Alex Flores, Fortunato Langit, Mario Montalban


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

THE SIXTIES # 452: ZALDY ZSHORNACK, DOLPHY, PANCHITO, AL QUINN AND BERTING LABRA IN "MGA MANUGANG NI DRAKULA" (1963)


"Mga Manugang ni Drakula" (1963)
Ambassador Productions, Inc.
Release Date December 10, 1963/ Dalisay
Story and Screenplay Bert R. Mendoza
Direction Artemio Marquez
Cast Zaldy Zshornack, Dolphy, Panchito, Al Quinn and Berting Labra/ Also Starring Jose Vergara, Caridad Sanchez, Marilou Munoz, Lucita Soriano, Elena Mercado, Silvio Ramiro and Tony Gosalvez as "Drakula"/ with Teresa Mendez (in a special role)

THE SIXTIES # 451: CHARITO SOLIS, WILLIE SOTELO, BERT SILVA, ANNABELLE HUGGINS IN "PINAKAMAGANDANG HAYOP SA DAIGDIG" (1963)


 "Pinakamagandang Hayop Sa Daigdig" (1963)
Larry Santiago Productions
Release Date December 8,1963/ Center
Screenplay Tommy C. David 
Music Pablo Vergara
Direction Pablo Santiago 
Cast Charito Solis, Willie Sotelo, Bert Silva, Annabelle Huggins, Paquito Diaz, Joe Sison, Totoy Torrente, Vince Juarez, Joe de Castro, Sammy Barretto

THE SIXTIES # 450: AMALIA FUENTES AND JOSEPH ESTRADA, WITH MAX ALVARADO, JESS LAPID, ARNOLD MENDOZA, ALBERTO ALONZO IN "ANG SANGANO AT COLEGIALA" (1963)


"Ang Sangano at Colegiala" (1963)
Tagalog Ilang-Ilang Productions
Release Date December 1 to 11, 1963/ Boulevard
Story and Direction Efren Reyes
Cast Amalia Fuentes and Joseph Estrada/ Also Starring Max Alvarado, Jess Lapid, Arnold Mendoza, Alberto Alonzo, Mila Montanez, Victor Bravo, Manolo Robles, Nort Nepomuceno and Pablo Virtuoso/ Co-Starring Jose Garcia, Naty Bernardo, Greg Lansang

THE SIXTIES # 449: CHIQUITO, BERTING LABRA, EDDIE FERNANDEZ AND MINA ARAGON IN "SA IYO O SA AKIN" (1963)


"Sa Iyo O Sa Akin" (1963)
People's Pictures, Inc.
Release Date November 30 to December 9, 1963/ Dalisay
Story Chiquito
Screenplay Tony Maiquez
Direction Armando de Guzman
Cast Chiquito, Berting Labra and Mina Aragon/ Also Starring Eddie Fernandez, Vic Andaya, Nemia Velasco, Sepa, Johnny Long/ with Quiel Mendoza, Conrado Gumin, Tiva Lava, Willie Salcedo/ In surprise appearances- Paquito Diaz, Vic Diaz, Carol Varga, Johnny Monteiro, Jose Romulo, Bob Soler, Eddie Mesa, Juliet Pardo, Liza Moreno

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