“Cemetery of the Stars” viewing guide

Every time I give a cemetery tour, I remind the attendees that I can show you graves of the stars and talk about their lives, but the films are how they continue to live on. We are fortunate to live in a time when so many of these films are accessible. For those of you who live in Los Angeles, we have many venues to see old films in such as the Academy, Egyptian, Aero, New Beverly, Cinefamily, LACMA, UCLA Film and TV Archive and the Old Town Music Hall just to name a few. If you live outside of Los Angeles, you can always get Turner Classic Movies or rent them on DVD. The Warner Archive has tons of classic films that you can easily order online or stream directly from the internet.

For each star on the “Cemetery of the Stars” tour, I’ve chosen one film that is available on DVD that is a must see. This list is by no means comprehensive, but gives newcomers a great jumping off point to dive into the world of classic movies! Everyone on the list is an actor/actress except where noted.

Vampira “Plan 9 From Outerspace”
Darren McGavin “A Christmas Story”
John Huston (Director) “Treasures of the Sierra Madre”
Harold Rosson (Cinematographer) “Singin’ In the Rain”
Cecil B. DeMille (Director) “The Ten Commandments”
William DeMille (Director) “Miss Lulu Bett”
Janet Gaynor “Sunrise”
Adrian (Costume Designer) “The Women”
Jayne Mansfield “The Girl Can’t Help It”
Don Adams “Get Smart” TV Series
Marion Davies “Show People”
Tyrone Power “Nightmare Alley”
Harry Cohn (Studio Chief, Columbia Pictures) “It Happened One Night”
Nelson Eddy “Maytime”
David White “Bewitched” TV Series
Rudolph Valentino “Son of the Sheik”
June Mathis (Screenwriter) “Blood and Sand”
Peter Finch “Network”
William Desmond Taylor (Director) “Tom Sawyer”
Peter Lorre “M”
Toto “The Wizard of Oz”
Douglas Fairbanks “The Mark of Zorro”
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. “Gunga Din”
Hattie McDaniel “Gone with the Wind”
Johnny Ramone “End of the Century – The Story of the Ramones”
Fay Wray “King Kong”
Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer “The Little Rascals”
Estelle Getty “The Golden Girls” TV series
Mel Blanc (Voice over artist) “The Looney Tunes”

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