Sunday, June 28, 2009

I hear you knockin’…

From my blogging compatriot Bill Crider I received the sad news that Josephine Owaissa Cottle—better known to music fans and a nation of early TV addicts as Gale Storm—has gone on to her rich reward at the age of 87. The actress-singer’s career included a flurry of B-pictures for Monogram during the 1940s and 1950s (many in westerns starring alongside “The King of the Cowboys,” Roy Rogers), two successful television sitcoms and a brief recording career that included hits like the title post, Dark Moon, Ivory Tower and Teen-Age Prayer.

Loyal Thrilling Days of Yesteryear followers know that Gale always held a special place here on the blog; this article from July of last year (“The perfect Storm”) talks about the now-forgotten The Gale Storm Show, a sitcom that followed in the wake of My Little Margie (also examined here); and even watched an entire afternoon of films on TCM in a festival I dubbed “Make Mine Monogram.” It was always hard to really dislike Storm—sure, her perkiness could get on your nerves after a time but since Margie was a constantly repeated show on the TV channels I received as a youth it was sort of hard to avoid her. (And I do wish Storm’s other series—known in syndication as Oh, Susanna!—could be made available to television audiences today.)

R.I.P, Gale. You’ll never know how much you’ll be missed.

2 comments:

Toby O'B said...

Both of those sitcoms were a staple of my afternoon viewing when I was growing up as well. I remember the earlier tribute you posted about her and always appreciated that others were out there who remembered her.

I'd like to think that if she didn't know before, she certainly knows now how much we enjoyed her shows....

M.Bug said...

I remember Oh, Susanna! and My Little Margie from my "growing up" TV viewing. Gale was very pretty as well as funny. I found it interesting that she named her daughter Susanna and wonder if she did so because that show held a special place in her heart.