Searcy AR girl in Giant movie. 1956. Martha Gene Randall

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Martha Gene Randall Giant movie Searcy AR

Giant!  One giant of a movie!

I was watching Giant, the 1956 movie that is still a great movie and one that I had not seen since it was first shown.  One memory is still sad.  I heard that James Dean, my idol at the time, had died.  In fact, he died before the movie was released.

Anyway.....back to the subject.  Anita Hart Fuller, our super Searcy sleuth for history, insisted that I pay attention to the movie when two beauty operators come out and deny service to a character because she is Mexican.  She said one of them was a Searcy girl who went to Hollywood to become a movie star. 

I am going to let Anita explain the end results of Martha Gene's leaving Searcy.  Above, however, in the center is Martha Gene Randall in the movie scene.  Below is Martha Gene's photo from the 1945 yearbook.

Another star lived here so check out Cher's mom by clicking here.

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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Barbara. This is really neat and I never saw this film. Perhaps it is time to remedy that.

Oct 17, 2019 05:59 AM #1
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Sheila, record it and then watch it.  Closed Captions made it so much more enjoyable.  I have never heard well and realize now that I missed a major amount of dialogue in all movies.  Now TCM is wonderful to watch.

Oct 17, 2019 06:03 AM #2
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita has spoken.  Here is what she said.

Imagine how thrilled we Searcians were to see one of our own, someone we actually KNEW, in a picture show at The Rialto. I was 9 yrs. old when Martha Jean Randall graduated from SHS, but we all knew who she was: she was very pretty, very nice, a perfect role model for us little girls at that time. She was in one episode of a television program later on, and as far as I know that was the end of her career.

She married Wayne Carson, who had minor roles in several movies. In l961 my mother (and Billy Fuller) visited Bob and I in NYC - mother and I went to see the Broadway play "Mary, Mary" starring Barbara BelGeddes and Barry Sullivan. We were allowed backstage after the play, met Miss BelGeddes - all because of Martha Jeans' husband, Wayne Carson. To this day I don't know the reason! (Mother had contacted Martha Janes' mother to arrange this.)

Thanks, Anita!

Oct 17, 2019 06:20 AM #3
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Barbara - I know of the importance and impact of Giant as a movie but I don't recall seeing it all the way through.  It's rather cool to know of a Searcy connection.  Reminds me of Six Degrees of Separation...

Oct 17, 2019 09:18 AM #4
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Michael,  And I am not familiar with Six Degrees of Separation.  Is that a movie or a Bible verse?

Oct 17, 2019 02:02 PM #5
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Anita Fuller

Barbara: I will gladly explain Six Degrees of Separation to you. I love to play "Shakin Bacon".

Oct 17, 2019 03:35 PM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Anita, then explain it, Anita!  I don't know anything about "Shakin Bacon" either.  I guess I have led a sheltered life.

Oct 17, 2019 04:59 PM #7
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James Dray
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Morning Barbara.

While I've heard of the movie, I don't recall seeing it, of course there are some things I'm sure I did yesterday that I can't remember either.  Make it a great day

Oct 18, 2019 01:33 AM #10
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR

Don, I couldn't get in.  Is it the Giant scene?

Oct 18, 2019 01:58 PM #12
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Don Thompson
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For your viewing pleasure go here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1B9BEwSulnyCcoA5IikIyUHydqw6CNd6F/view?usp=sharing

for a clip showing Martha Gene in her one moment of fame!

Oct 19, 2019 06:32 PM #13
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Yep!  That's it, Don.  She seemed to be a pretty girl.  Thanks for making it possible for us to see here without going through a whole movie!  Three hour movie at that!!

Oct 20, 2019 06:11 AM #14
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