Little Caesar (The Film, Not the Pizza Company) - Monday, August 17, 2015

Throughout the Music Room here at the American Treasure Tour are scores of movie posters and head shots of celebrities.  It is pretty close to impossible to see all of them during a visit, which is why the blog takes the time to talk about them.  There is a montage hanging on display dedicated to a very famous film of 1931 - Little Caesar, starring Edward G. Robinson and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.  This was Robinson's breakout role, which led to his great fame and, for better or worse, his typecasting as a gangster type.

Little Caesar tells the story of two small-town buddies who move to Chicago in the effort to improve their lots in life.  Rico (Robinson) joins a gang, and Joe (Fairbanks) becomes a dancer. Rico embroils Joe in his life of crime and, well, you're just going to have to see the film to find out what happens.  Let's just say theirs is not the healthiest of relationships.  Little Caesar was a very popular film in its day and inspired a whole string of gangster films in its time.  The big question is whether the film inspired the name of the pizza chain.  The answer is...probably not.  But maybe.  But unlikely.  But who knows?
QUESTION:  Which rock and roll artist/band released a song in 1989 called "Little Caesar"?
A)  Kiss
B)  Nick Lowe
C)  Little River Band
D)  Steely Dan
ANSWER BELOW

WHITE HOUSE RIOT!  One of the most violent clashes to ever happen on the grounds of the White House occurred today in 1841.  The idea of a federal bank once caused great controversy in the United States.  In fact, when Andrew Jackson won re-election to the presidency in 1833, one of his campaign promises was to dismantle the Second Bank of the United States.  He followed through, and the act triggered a massive financial depression.  So, when John Tyler vetoed a bill to re-instate the bank today, the riots of supporters of the bank likely surprised him.  These were the most violent protests to ever occur on the White House grounds.

PURRR-FECT.  It's had to believe that Julie Newmar is turning 82 today.  Of course, fans of the classic 1960s Batman may also have a difficult time believing she performed as anyone other than Catwoman, but Julie's had a somewhat prolific career since as early as 1954's Seven brides for Seven Brothers and continuing into the '90s with appearances on Broadway and television.  Happy birthday!

QUOTE:  More is not necessarily better.  Better is better. - Julie Newmar

ANSWER:  A) Kiss.  It is on their Hot in the Shade album.