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"Not Too Good"

April 22, 2007 |  6:30 am
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April 22, 1957
Las Vegas

Ntg Nils   T. Granlund, 1950s TV personality and master of ceremonies at Hollywood's Florentine Gardens through most of the 1940s, was killed in a car accident on   the Las Vegas Strip, ending a flamboyant career described in the 1957 book   "Blondes, Brunettes and Bullets."

The man nicknamed "Granny" and "N.T.G." was taking a cab from the Riviera Hotel and died after the taxi was   hit by a driver who refused a blood-alcohol test, The Times said. Granlund was 57.

His casket was covered with flowers and a ribbon that said "To Granny From the Girls," a tribute to a man responsible for the careers of Jean Wallace, Lili St. Cyr and especially Yvonne De Carlo, who claimed his body and arranged the funeral at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in the Hollywood Hills  


Here’s an interview I did years ago with the late studio publicist Bob Rains   about N.T.G.

In 1946, International Pictures, that I had started with, released a movie called “Tomorrow Is Forever,” which starred Orson Welles, George Brent, Claudette   Colbert, Natalie Wood, and a young kid called Richard   Long.  

NTG in those days had a radio show on the Mutual Network, KHJ, and somebody called the studio and said they’d love to do an interview with him because he had a great story about the way he was   discovered.

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He lived in the Valley and was  a student at Hollywood High School, and he was hitchhiking from the Valley to   Hollywood High.

And one day he was picked up by a man by the name of Jack   Merton, who was a casting director for International Pictures. And they got to   talking. He says, “What are you doing?” and he says “I want to be an actor.” He   says “Great, call me some day, we may have something for you.”

Richard never called. About   three or four months later, it was pouring rain, Merton picks up the same kid,   it’s Richard Long. He says, “Call me!” He called him and that’s how Dick Long   got started with International Pictures when I was there. This was in 1946.  

Anyway, the picture’s coming out and NTG heard about it. He called the studio, and wanted to interview Dick on his radio show on KHJ. I think it was the whole  network then.  

We said fine. I was then   involved in that. And he said well I’d like to meet him beforehand. In those days, 1946, it was live. I said fine, so we set up a meeting at NTG’s house on   Fountain Avenue [Note: It was really Franklin--lrh]. It was east of Vine Street, a great big place. And we were   supposed to be there at a certain   time. 

We got there a few minutes early and rang the door bell, and a very  voluptuous, beautiful young   lady opened the door. We introduced ourselves and she said “NTG isn’t here   right now; come in and   wait.” 

So   we went in. And I don’t remember—we didn’t drink; we had some soft drinks or   something—and we waited for about half an hour.

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During this time, one after   another after another of the most beautiful young ladies walked through the   room we were waiting in. All introduced themselves, all said they were his   secretary.  

Finally NTG comes and we do a   nice interview, preliminary and all that. Somehow he says, “Do you want to see   the house?”  

I said yes, so we have a tour   of the house. And we walk in one room, there is this immense bed. I don’t   recall the size, maybe 10 by 20, it was the biggest bed I’ve ever seen, twice   the size of a king size.  

And I said to him, “How come   you got this big bed?”  

He said, “Well we all live   here.”  

I said,   “who?”  

He said, “My secretaries; we   all live here.”  

I says, “Well do you all sleep   together?”

And   he says yes!  

And we went on a few days   later on KHJ, which used to be on Melrose, and Dick did the   interview.  

It was an amazing… man with a   great appetite. But imagine … four, five, six of them of the most beautiful   broads you’ve ever seen … sleeping in the one bed. And every time they came   through the room, … I'm so and so, glad you’re here. Period. It was quite the   experience.
 
Note: Muzzy   Marcellino,  former bandleader at the Florentine Gardens, used to joke   that N.T.G.  stood for "Not Too Good."  
 
 
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