They heard a rumor that the handsome movie star, Dana Andrews was visiting and were hoping to catch a glimpse of him.
Dana Andrews with Richard Widmark and Gary Merrill were filming the movie, The Frogmen.
Searching for the Movie Star🔎
With camera in hand, Marlene and her friends walked along the busy Main Street, perusing the stores and sidewalks for the handsome star.
Suddenly, among a small crowd of bystanders, she spotted a face she had seen on the big screen.
To her delightful surprise, it was the famous movie star they had been searching all day for!
Mr. Andrews was stepping out of the Elverhoj store, which sold tropical island outfits on Main street. Inside, was a small bar with refreshments for shopping patrons and their guests.
As he exited, he headed east towards the Grand Hotel and the Emancipation park.
Posing with Dana Andrews!
The girls giggled amongst themselves and decided to follow Mr. Andrews while mustering the courage to ask for a photograph.
When they got to the Emancipation Park, just in front of the Grand Hotel, they nervously approached him.
“Mr. Andrews”, my mother softly said, May we have a photograph with you?”
He instantly replied, Why, yes!
The schoolgirls were thrilled!
Within minutes, two unidentified sailors quickly jumped into the photo.
This was a day my mother and her friends would never forget!
They could hardly wait to tell all of their classmates the following day!
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