Many stars were members of The Lambs Theatrical Club which was founded in 1869 in London and named after essayist Charles Lamb. In 1874 the club took up residence in New York.
Members included Fred Astaire, Irving Berlin, Spencer Tracy, Danny Kaye, John Barrymore, Edward G. Robinson, Pat O’Brien.
When Fred Astaire became a member in 1922, he said, “When I was made a Lamb, I felt as if I was knighted.”
- Ten of the 17 founding members of The Screen Actors Guild were Lamb club members, including Boris Karloff, James Gleason, Alan Mowbray.
Motto, “Florient Agni” – “May The Lambs Flourish.”
The chief executive officer of the club is called The Shepherd , and when shows were put on,they were called Gambols.
STALAG 17 was first tried out at the Lambs.
And it still is flourishing in New York, with a great theatrical archive.
Their website is https://the-lambs.org
The website is also of great interest because you can view extensive interviews with Piper Laurie, George Chakiris, Maria Janis Cooper (daughter of Gary Cooper), Constance Towers, Lee Grant.
……….SINUS PROBLEMS: And it’s always the villains, glad to say!
Maybe they were related and it runs in the family.
Richard Widmark, Donald Buka in THE STREET WITH NO NAME (1948)
Gary Merrill, Neville Brand. WHERE THE SIDE WALK ENDS.(1950)
Lee Marvin . VIOLENT SATURDAY. (1955)
……….Due in June, 2021 from Sepia Records in London. (Sepia 1368)
Stars featured include Judy Garland, Ethel Merman, Barbara Stanwyck, Dolores Del Rio. Shirley Temple, Tony Martin, Eddie Cantor.
- ………I recently re-watched BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND DAWN(1950) and thought Donald Buka ,as the young villain chased by cops Edmond O’Brien and Mark Stevens ,looked remarkably like one of my favourite character actors, Anthony Caruso.
See what you think:
Donald Buka (1920-2009) only made a few movies including WATCH ON THE RHINE in which he played the son of Bette Davis.
…………..Dialogue quote: HOLD BACK THE DAWN (1941).
Georges (Charles Boyer) to Emmy (Olivia de Havilland):
“You needn’t be afraid, Miss Brown. Not a bit. You see, we are like two trains halted for a moment at the same station. But we’re going in different directions.
We cannot change our course anymore than we can hold back the dawn.”
……….Love this scene in the all-star Warners film, IT’S A GREAT FEELING.