My Books in Paperback now available in Australia

June 17, 2018 admin 0

For those living in Australia interested in purchasing a paperback copy of my books, several are now available locally with more coming soon. Click the links below for the paperbacks on Amazon Australia: Free shipping on orders over $40 (normal shipping cost is around $5 within Australia) Hollywood Warts ‘N’ […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT101.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT101.

January 15, 2019 Alan Royle 0

Pola Negri & Rudolph Valentino There has never been a shortage of prima donnas among movie stars, especially in Hollywood. Back in the Roaring Twenties it was the outrageously publicity addict Pola Negri who made sure reporters and cameramen were present when she swooned with crying fits at the casket […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT100.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT100.

January 13, 2019 Alan Royle 0

Joan Crawford with her adopted daughter Christina, author of Mommie Dearest Debate still rages over the validity of the claims of child abuse levelled by Christina Crawford against her mother, actress Joan Crawford, in her scathing 1978 book titled Mommie Dearest. Friends and supporters of Joan remain convinced that the volume […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT99.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT99.

January 11, 2019 Alan Royle 0

   Vera-Ellen  Lovely Vera-Ellen hailed from Norwood, Ohio in 1921 and was a dancer from the early age of ten. A few years later she became one of the youngest ever Radio City Rockettes, although she was fired a few weeks later because she showed too much individuality on stage. […]

MOVIE QUOTE QUIZ #1

MOVIE QUOTE QUIZ #1

January 9, 2019 Alan Royle 2

            Just for a change of pace, I thought it might be fun to present 50 well-known (hopefully) movie quotes in the form of a quiz, the answers to which will be listed at the end of the article. Each quote will be accompanied by the year of the movie […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT98.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT98.

January 7, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    They certainly made movies differently back in the forties. In one of the final scenes in The Stranger (1946), Orson Welles’ character is seen rescuing the female lead played by Loretta Young, who is hanging above the church floor as he drags her to safety. In reality, Loretta […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT97.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT97.

January 5, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  Peggy Shannon (1907-41) Peggy Shannon, a beautiful 16 year-old redhead, visited her aunt in New York City in 1923 and was ‘discovered’ by Broadway hot-shot Flo Ziegfeld who rushed her into his Follies chorus line. She married an actor in 1926 and starred in a couple of Broadway shows […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT96

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT96

January 3, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  Florence Lawrence – the first ever movie star Florence Lawrence was born in Canada in 1886 and started her stage career as ‘Baby Florence the Kid Wonder’. She made her first movie The Automobile Thieves (1906) and soon became known as ‘The Vitagraph Girl’. Then Biograph started putting her […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT95

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT95

January 1, 2019 Alan Royle 2

Roscoe Arbuckle Back in 1921-22, funny man Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle was justly found innocent of causing the death of a young woman named Virginia Rappe, but it took three farcical trials to arrive at that decision. In truth, he should never have been charged with anything, much less have to […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT94

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT94

December 30, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Marie Prevost (1898-1937) Marie Prevost was another of Hollywood’s sad stories. Born Mary Dunn in Ontario in 1898, she found her way to Hollywood in her teens and became one of Mack Sennett’s Bathing Beauties. By 1921, however, Irving Thalberg had signed her to an acting contract at Universal. Not […]

20 ACTORS/PERFORMANCES I LEAST ENJOY WATCHING

20 ACTORS/PERFORMANCES I LEAST ENJOY WATCHING

December 28, 2018 Alan Royle 5

  Down the decades I have developed a powerful dislike for certain actors and/or individual performances, players or portrayals that I felt detracted from some really good movies (and a few bad ones). So, I wrote out a list of the really irksome players (or moments) in all the films […]