COLUMN NINETY-TWO, JUNE 1, 2003
(Copyright © 2003 The Blacklisted Journalist)
FOUR OF MY MEMOIRS:
SADIE THE PSYCHIC
(Drawing by Ed Galing)
WARNING! FOR ADULTS ONLY! PERSONS NOT YET 18 YEARS OF AGE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO READ THIS STORY.
[SADIE HATHAWAY AND I HAVE HAD A LONG RELATIONSHIP. I AM.HAPPY THAT SHE CHOSE ME TO WRITE HER MEMOIRS FOR HER... I HAVE ALWAYS LIKED SADIE'S SASSINESS AND SPUNK AND, BESIDES, SHE IS A SEXY LADY, EVEN THOUGH SHE IS NOW SIXTY YEARS OLD. (I AM PUSHING 85) AND SADIE DOES NOT MINCE HER WORDS, AS YOU CAN SEE WHEN YOU READ HER MEMOIRS---WHICH SHE DICTATED TO ME OVER A FEW WEEKS. I HAVE LEFT HER WORDS UNTOUCHED---EVEN THE BAWDY ONES. FOR I DON’T REALLY WANT TO DISTURB HER PERSONALITY. BENEATH IT ALL, YOU WILL FIND SADIE A SYMPATHETIC AND HONEST LADY WHO JUST HAPPENS TO BE A PSYCHIC (SO SHE SAYS) AND WHO WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO MEET SOME REAL HOLLYWOOD PERSONALITIES OF HER TIME.. THERE ISNT A BAD BONE IN HER BODY. LONG LIVE SADIE! ---ED GALING, POET LAUREATE OF HATBORO, PENNSYLVANIA]
it or not, jimmie took a likin to me one day, right after he made a gangster
movie in which he tossed a grapefruit in mae murray’s face... i will never
forget that scene, when they sat at the breakfast table, and jimmie made an ugly
face, grabbed the half grapefruit and squashe it in mae's face...that is when
the diredtor hollared cut, it's a take...
had heard that i was a psychic, and one day he grabbed a hold of me and said,
sadie, you gotta tell me... do you think i am ever gonna be a star in the
smiled at jimmie..you gotta be kiddin, i told him.. jimmie..you are a star right
hate makin them damn gangster movies, he said to me. why can't i make one where
i am a nice guy? aw, jimmie, i said, everyone knows you are only actin... you
and edward g. robinson are the best damn bastards in the whole movie
industry.... then he broke out in a grin and said, sadie, you're a great gal,
and then he kissed me on the cheek, walked away, kicking his heels..
ah, those early movie days..with sadie right in the
middle of the whole thing ... una merkel was a cute little blonde girl, smaller
than me, and she and me used to get together after work in the studio and talk
things over. una had a great sense of humor. always laughin at everything.. and
she always played those kinda dumb blonde parts that everybody loved in those
me and una usta go down to schraffts ice cream parlor to share a milk shake, sit around a table, and just bullshit about movies, shackin up with men, and just laughin it up ... one day we saw this
look at Lana Turner
and you wanted
to fuck her right away
young blonde girl sittin at the fountain, sippin a soda, and she had the biggest
ass and tits we had ever seen... she simply glowed with her assets...
out it was a young lana turner, a young girl who wanted to be in the movies, and
figured somebody would see her in the drugstore and give her a job ... sure
enough someone did, and one day lana turner got hired to do a picture with a
young guy by the name of john garfield, and boy did they burn up the screen...
one look at lana turner and you wanted to fuck her right away... i know i
shouldnt use that word but little ole sadie never was good with mincin words ...
if you prefer another word, you go ahead and use it...
time una came over to the mansion, and i gave her a private readin on my crystal
ball... she was serious as i waved my hands over the ball and closed my eyes..
at that time una wanted to know if she would ever become a star...i saw a great
future for una, and the crystal ball backed me up...
i ever fall in love? she asked me, and i nodded and said una, you are gonna
marry a rich handsome man someday and have plenty of babies and live to a ripe
the way it was in those days... i met lots of young actors and actresses, all of
em hell bent on makin good in the movies, no matter what they had to do...but i
wasn't gonna give up my crystal ball..
i would talk with my mother on the other side. she would always listen to me..
she laughed when i told her about basil rathbone ... because by then basil had
made a movie as sherlock holmes, with nigel bruce as his doctor watson, and he
smoked a pipe, and acted real smart..
shoulda grabbed him, my mommma said, in my head.. no, mamma, i said in return...
i am just playin the field right now .... and momma would laugh and say, sadie,
i didnt raise no dumb daughter, that's for sure.. don't give your heart to just
i just wish i could have those days back today, me friends. hollywood was a fascinating places and i was part of it.... ##
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