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Showbiz SAM; The man in the know.

MY pal says that John Wayne never served in the armed forces, but I'm sure he must have. Who's right? - Charles Hillan, Glasgow.

WHEN WWII broke out, he tried to enlist in the army, but was rejected on the grounds of an old sports injury to his shoulder, his age (34) and the fact that he was father to three children. After also being rejected by the navy, he poured his talents into making propaganda movies and in 1944, he made a three-month theatre tour for troops in the Pacific. Years after the war, Emperor Hirohito of Japan paid tribute to him as representing the USA's success in combat.

CAN you tell me what film the song Moonglow appeared in? Is it on record? - Elizabeth Armour, Renfrewshire.

IT was written by Will Hudson, Eddie Lang and Irving Mills for the stage show Blackbirds of 1934. It featured in two movies - Picnic (1955, starring William Holden and Kim Novak) and The Benny Goodman Story (1955, starring Steve Allen and Donna Reed). Try Goodman on HMV 7EG 8003 on Brunswick LAT 8103 or the Cliff Adams Singers (Columbia 33SX 1362).

WHAT was No. 1 when my grandson was born on September 13, 1980? - Peta Douglas, Castle Douglas.

IT was day one of a two-week hit for Kelly Marie with Feels Like I'm In Love (Calibre PLUS 1).

PLEASE settle a family argument. My little 'know-it all' brother says Mel Gibson was born in America, I say Australia, who's right? - D. Ross, Bellshill.

ONE of 11 children, he was born on January 3, 1956, in Peekskill, New York, to a railroad brakeman and an Australian opera singer who named him after the Irish Saint Mel. The family emigrated to Oz when he was 12 and he was educated at the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney.

I AM certain that years ago I saw a slim Pam Ferris in a series set in the fashion world. Am I right? - Barbara Steele, Ayr.

YES, it was the backstabbing drama Connie ('85) set in the rag-trade. Stephanie Beacham took the title role and PF was her less-glamorous half- sister Nesta.

IN what year did little Neil Reid sing Mother Of Mine on Hughie Green's Opportunity Knocks? - Danny Napier, Lanarkshire.

IT was the end of 1971 and he took the record to No. 2 in January 1972 (Decca F 13264).


IRENE LINDSAY, of Alva, Clackmannanshire, asks: "Which famous Hollywood actress, during a particularly chilly Sixties winter, said: 'It was so cold, I almost got married'?" You're a winner when I print your verified answer, Irene.

Meanwhile, there's pounds 50 on its way to John Quither, of Motherwell, who tells me that the actor who fought a duel over a dog was Errol Flynn. A bar owner had set up an electric boob-trap to punish dogs for lifting their legs at his building. When Flynn's unlucky pet received a shock, he flew to the rescue and challenged the barman.

If you'd like me to settle an argument or challenge me for the pounds 50 Slam Sam prize, write to: Showbiz Sam, Daily Record, One Central Quay, Glasgow G3 8DA.
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Date:Aug 18, 2001
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