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The day Frank Sinatra helped Wymondham film buffs

PUBLISHED: 18:00 22 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:10 14 July 2010

IT's not every day a man called Frank Sinatra helps you out when you are lost!

But that's what happened to members of Wymondham Regal Experience Group who were struggling to find their destination while on holiday in Los Angeles.

IT's not every day a man called Frank Sinatra helps you out when you are lost!

But that's what happened to members of Wymondham Regal Experience Group who were struggling to find their destination while on holiday in Los Angeles.

Sinatra - the nephew of the singing legend who sports the same name - stepped in to show the Wymondham group the way to see a house used in the famous 1944 film noir movie Double Indemnity.

While on their tour of the sights of Hollywood, the holidaying cinema buffs were able to publicise their screening this Sunday of Calamity Jane.

They are pictured standing in front of an original 1895 stagecoach at the Wells Fargo museum while staying in Hollywood. Left to right are: David Oldfield, Philip Yaxley, Michael Armstrong, Maureen Dodman and Les Woods.

In Tinseltown, they were also snapped with Ruta Lee, who had played Ruth, one of the Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in the 1954 movie the group hopes to screen next year. Ruta has starred in many films, notably opposite Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior in Sergeants Three (1961).

Among other stars the group met were Debbie Reynolds, whom they had encountered on a previous visit, Sally Kellerman, who enjoyed the role of “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the 1970 movie Mash, Judy Geeson, Rosemary Forsyth, who made her screen debut opposite James Stewart in Shenandoah, (1965) the legendary Jackie Cooper and TV Dallas stars Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy. It was a thrill to meet Carla Laemmie, who was celebrating her 100th birthday on the day the group met her. Her uncle, Carl Laemmie senior, had founded Universal Studios in 1912 and she had starred in Dracula in 1931!

The trip also included a special tour of Sony Studios and the old MGM/Columbia lot, looking at the locations of famous films in San Francisco, the Yosemite National Park, Lone Pine, where countless Westerns were made and Los Angeles were among many other highlights.

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