Happy Halloween aboard the fictional SS ANTONIA GRAZA, IT’S DELOVELY, COSTUMES and DRAG.

The photo is from Ghost Ship (2002) – A horror film directed by Steve Beck. The fictional ship Antonia Graza featured in the movie is based on a real life Italian ocean liner, the SS Andrea Doria, which sank in 1956 after colliding with the MS Stockholm near Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA. The film starred Gabriel Byrne, Julianna Margulies, and Emily Browning.  The film was a dud at the box office, panned by most critics, but the photo above is certainly interesting.

Doomed American liner the SS Independence – Eerie view.

Female Impersonator Charles Pierce with Mark Hamill and his wife.  Many years ago.

A little “drag” for Halloween – It’s Delovely.

West Hollywood revelers were a treat – over 400,000 people attened the annual costume extravaganza.

PIZZA GUY, PIG LIKE FLU AND MAD MEN. Tens of thousands of costumed revelers packed the streets of West Hollywood, California for Halloween night.

For several hours, people strolled up and down Santa Monica Boulevard flaunting their creative costumes for the annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval.

There was also a costume contest and several secret judges walked through the crowd looking for the evening’s best outfit.

The big crowd meant big traffic backups and that was the case this Halloween with highways and back roads all around Santa Monica Boulevard packed with cars.

But it was an escape from economic woes and the new Great Depression!



About Michael L. Grace

During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…