1956: Cagney missing from campaign trail

January 13, 1956:

Jimmy Cagney won’t remain out here to campaign for an Oscar nomination for “Love Me or Leave Me”. He leaves for Stanfordville, N.Y., tomorrow because — he takes delivery of a sleigh next week. He has a buffalo rug and wants to rein a hoss thru the freezing cold back thar! (Cagney was indeed nominated, but Ernest Borgnine won for “Marty,” also beating out James Dean for “East of Eden,” Frank Sinatra in “The Man With the Golden Arm” and Spencer Tracy in “Bad Day at Black Rock”) … Audie Murphy finally ordered to bed by his medics. (Note: Murphy, the most-decorated hero of WWII became a movie star on the persuasion of Jimmy Cagney and his brother Bill. Murphy portrayed his own exploits in “To Hell and Back.” His career ended in 1968 and he died in a plane crash May 21, 1971) … Frank Sinatra filmed a five-minute TV trailer to exploit “Johnny Concho.” He’ll also make personal appearances … Jerry Lewis gave $15,000 in clothes and toys to Mickey Finn’s orphanage … Mike Wilding unable to get through on the phones from London to wish son Mike Jr. a happy third birthday. Papa returns from “Zarak Khan” in three weeks … Ann Blyth is hoping her first film at Metro since her stork session will be a drama — like ‘Mildred Pierce” … Vic Mature bowling over pals with postcards from Africa. They’re hardly the kind we’d expect from him — philosophical Arabic proverbs.

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