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Deborah Kerr with Gregory Peck501 viewsHelensburgh film star Deborah Kerr CBE is pictured with Gregory Peck, walking towards the Malibu shore when they were filming "Beloved Infidel” in 1959. Deborah played columnist Sheilah Graham and Peck novelist F.Scott Fitzgerald in the film based on Miss Graham's autobiography of the same name.
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Deborah and Ginger430 viewsHelensburgh film star Deborah Kerr, on her first visit to Hollywood to make the 1947 film 'The Hucksters' with Clark Gable, met Ginger Rogers — a great admirer of her acting skill — one day when she visited the set to say hello. According to Metro-Goldwin-Mayer, Deborah insisted on having tea on the set every afternoon at four. Usually she entertained a visitor or invited members of the cast and crew to join her in her dressing room.
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Jack Buchanan254 viewsHelensburgh-born Jack Buchanan (1891-1957), a major UK musical comedy, revue and film star, choreographer, director, producer and manager, who was much associated with top hats and tails, in Paramount Studio publicity picture.
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Buchanan and Astaire318 viewsIn 1953, the top UK and US song-and-dance men met in The Band Wagon. Helensburgh man Jack Buchanan and Fred Astaire's duet, "I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan", and their clever version, with Nanette Fabray, of "Triplets" fame, made this one of MGM's most acclaimed musical films, and the pinnacle of Buchanan's career.
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Jack Buchanan253 viewsInternationally acclaimed entertainer Jack Buchanan, who was born on April 2 1890 in Helensburgh, died on October 20 1957 in London. A major UK musical comedy, revue and film star, choreographer, director, producer and manager with a disarming, casual style, Buchanan had a 40 year career.

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Jack Buchanan266 viewsHelensburgh-born Jack Buchanan (1891-1957), a major UK musical comedy, revue and film star, choreographer, director, producer and manager, was much associated with top hats and tails. The name of the actress in this picture is not known.
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Buchanan and MacDonald331 viewsHelensburgh-born entertainer Jack Buchanan with co-star Jeanette MacDonald in this 1930 Paramount Pictures movie publicity shot for the Ernst Lubitsch production of 'Monte Carlo'. She is saying: “I'll never let him go away again — never.”
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Andy Clyde372 viewsFilm actor Andy Clyde was brought up in Helensburgh where his family had a grocers shop on West Princes Street. Son of a Scottish theatrical producer/manager, he joined his siblings David and Jean on stage in childhood. He went to the States in the early 1920s to join producer Mack Sennett's roster of comedians. An expert at makeup, Clyde played a variety of roles, from city slickers to unshaven bums. He appeared as California, comic sidekick to western star William Boyd, in the Hopalong Cassidy westerns.
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Deborah Kerr and Spencer Tracy345 viewsHelensburgh film star Deborah Kerr and Spencer Tracy in a scene from George Kukor's 1949 drama 'Edward My Son', a Broadway stage hit successfully transferred to the screen. It tells the story of a man who will commit any crime in order to make his son a success, even driving away his wife in the process. The movie was adapted by Donald Ogden Stewart from the play by Noel Langley and Robert Morley, and won Deborah an Academy best actress award nomination.
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Deborah Kerr and family402 viewsHelensburgh film star Deborah Kerr and her first husband, Battle of Britain pilot Squadron Leader Tony Bartley, and their daughter Melanie Jane attend the premiere of John Houston's 1957 movie 'Heaven Knows, Mr Allison', in which she starred with Robert Mitchum. It tells the story of a marine and a nun, both shipwrecked on a Pacific island, who find solace in one another as they wait out the war. The couple married in 1945 and divorced in 1959.
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Jack Buchanan305 viewsThe great entertainer from Helensburgh pictured signing autographs at London's Waterloo Station on September 25 1937. He was on his way to New York to appear with Evelyn Laye in a musical comedy.
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Jack Buchanan268 viewsAn autographed photo of Helensburgh-born Jack Buchanan, the international entertainer and Hollywood film star. Born on April 2 1891, he grew up in the town and was a great friend of TV inventor John Logie Baird. He died on October 20 1957 at the age of 66.
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