As the grandson of Jack "Saint Peter" Spooner 1886-1963, I'm more than happy

to let you see a small sample of the folks granpa let come

INSIDE THE CUB ROOM AT THE STORK CLUB

Updated 11/13/18

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Sherman Billingsley Opening Up The Joint

 

In the 1940's Illustrator Albert Dorne painted a "typical night" in the Cub Room at the Stork Club for big Joe Knapp's Collier's Magazine. This illustration was used as the menu cover from that time on.

 

As Sherman Billingsley moves amongst his regulars like Dorothy Killgallen , Arthur Godfrey, Tallulah Bankhead, Walter Winchell etc. Little Henny Rasch is seen with her camera snapping away recording some type of NYC Nitelife History.

Henny took over 5000 photos during her nights at the Stork and she was just one of the several in house photogs.

It Was The #1 Place In NYC To Be Seen In & Sherman Billingsley knew the full value of that.

 

WHO'S ON FIRST ? 

 

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ROW 1 : Lucy & Dezi 1950 / Sinatra Family / Cary Grant & A C Blumenthal 1935

ROW 2: Jackie Gleason & Daughters 1956 / Arlene Dahl, Rock Hudson, Fernando Lamas 1956 / Judy Garland & Vincent Minelli

ROW 3 : Ava Gardner & Artie Shaw bandleader / Mrs Durocher: Laraine Day, Spencer Tracy, Leo Durocher NY Giants baseball mgr, / JFK & Jackie 1956

 

IN 1946 ORSON WELLES & EDWARD G ROBINSON MADE THE SUSPENSE MOVIE "THE STRANGER"

They played extreme adverseries, (Robinson was the good guy) looks like they are great friends here.

I have Edward G's autograph to my mom where her writes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

ROW 1: Teddy, Jack & Bobby It Was Jacks Birthday 1956 / Liz Taylor & her Parents / Bogey & Bacall

ROW 2: Mr & Mrs Ernest Hemingway / Uncle Milty Says Pick A Card Sherm / Walter Winchell, J. Edgar Hoover & Al Jolson

ROW 3: Claudette Colbert Alfred Hitchcock / Henry Fonda & Afdera Franchetti / Mrs & Mr Irving Berlin

(I share birthdays with Irv ..as a songwriter I'd rather share his royalities)

I'm Dreaming Of A GREEN Christmas

&

Speaking Of Christmas

Why It's none other than Santa Spooner!

TO SEE MORE OF SANTA SPOONER IN OTHER HOLIDAY ROLES &
ON THE JOB IN THE STORK CLUB CLICK HERE

 

 

 

This Pic Of Hopalong Cassidy Used To Hang In My Room In Mastic Beach

 

 

WITHOUT HIS COWBOY OUTFIT BILL BOYD WAS STILL HOPPY

Jimmy Stewart , a fascinated Mystery Lady, and a puzzled looking Spencer Tracy in 1942

 

JOAN BLONDELL, MIKE TODD & FAMILY

Broadway & Hollywood producer Todd "AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS " & Gramps were very good friends.

Most people recall him as being married to Liz Taylor and dieing in a plane crash in the late 1950's

 

MR & MRS JOSEPH COTTEN

He was in hundreds of major movies from 1930-1980 including Citizen Kane, Philedelphia Story, Third Man

He is also in Grandpa's personal address book.

 

VIRGINIA MAYO & FRIEND - 1945

One of the very first to have a star on Hollywood Walk Of Fame

From 1939-1997 her major movies totaled well over 60 imcluding "Best Years Of Our Lives" & "White Heat"

TV Roles in Love Boat & Remington Steele

 

RED SKELTON & DATE

(possibly his future sister in law Maxine Davis ?)

RAY MILLAND & FLORENCE PRITCHETT

Both a leading man & co star in hunfreds of films from 1929-1985, with "The Lost Weekend" being the jewel in his crown

If socialite Florence Pritchett looks familiar, it could be because she is also pictured on here with James Stewart & JFK.

 

GREAT SCOTT !! Is that you Randolph ? RIDE EM' COWBOY !

From 1928 - 1962 Randy was in a zillion westerns & more

GLENN FORD & HIS MOM - 1940s

Long before Blackboard Jungle (probably the first film I saw him in ), Rock Around The Clock and all that jazz in 1955 . Glenn started out in films in 1939

Lots of westerns and more . I saw 3:10 To Yuma at the Drive In in 1957.

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THERE IS MUCH MORE TO SEE & READ ABOUT THE LIFE & TIMES OF

JOHN JACK SPOONER LOCATED HERE

 

Or You Can Go Back To The Stork Club & Read & See A Whole Lot More About It

Including Some Very RARE & PERSONAL Celebrity Autographs Jack collected for my Mom by

CLICKING HERE

or we can call you a cab

 

TAXI...Take These Fine Folks Home Please