Buy My eBook Hollywood Warts ‘N’ All Vol 1 here for only $1.00

January 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

Hollywood Warts ‘N’ All eBook available for download here at a heavily discounted price. Decades of Research, over 640 pages Normally retails on Amazon for $4.99 Get your copy here for just $1.00 You get five different eBook formats with your purchase MOBI, EPUB, AZW3, LRF and PDF The ultimate collection of scandals, on-set feuds and affairs, humorous anecdotes, behind the scenes [...]

‘THE CRUEL SEA’ (1953 – A British masterpiece.

September 24, 2017 // 2 Comments

                        For some reason or another I had never gotten around to watching, in its entirety, the British World War Two drama The Cruel Sea until just recently. I read the novel by Nicholas Monsarrat on which the picture is based when I was a boy, but the movie itself seemed to somehow slip by me. It came as a pleasant surprise, therefore, to find that the film has not [...]

B-LIST BEAUTIES – PT 3.

September 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

            PEGGIE CASTLE (1927 – 73)                  The Yellow Tomahawk (1954) opposite Rory Calhoun                                   Audie Murphy                                    Peggie Castle was a green-eyed blonde beauty from Appalachia, Virginia who, according to Hollywood lore, was discovered eating a shrimp cocktail in the seafood [...]

THE BOND GIRLS – PT1.

September 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

DR NO (1962)                     URSULA ANDRESS (1936 – )                  as Honey Rider                                   Ursula at 78             Swiss-born Ursula Andress was introduced to the movie-loving public in Dr No, when she walked out of the Caribbean in a white bikini setting male pulses racing all over the world. That was in [...]

Did O J Simpson’s son Jason do it?

September 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

  O. J. Simpson Former football champion and actor O J Simpson was granted parole in July 2017 and shall be released from Nevada’s Lovelock Correctional Facility in October. Back in 2008 he had been sentenced to 33 years in prison for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping, with a 9 year minimum period before being eligible for parole. During his time inside he was a [...]

DUSTIN HOFFMAN – An acquired taste.

September 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

DUSTIN HOFFMAN                                                Maybe he has mellowed as he has aged, but I doubt it. Dustin Hoffman’s contemporaries, actors, directors and producers alike, have always found him a pain in the neck to work with. His talent is conceded, but he is difficult. One director, who did not wish to be named, summed him up succinctly: ‘Next to [...]

ROBERT RYAN – A class act.

September 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

RYAN, Robert (1909 – 73) I recently had the pleasure of watching a terrific western named The Proud Ones (1956). It has gone completely unheralded, yet it is clearly a couple of cuts above the average western fare. I watched it for one simple reason, because Robert Ryan was its star and I cannot recall him ever appearing in a sub-standard movie. For that matter, I cannot remember him ever [...]

SNAPSHOTS Vol 2

September 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS (1937)                                   I have watched Captains Courageous only twice because, frankly, I cannot abide Spencer Tracy’s portrayal of the Portuguese fisherman Manuel. In fact, I only watched it the second time because of Freddie Bartholomew’s superb performance and to see Lionel Barrymore ‘box his ears’ better than [...]

B – LIST BEAUTIES PT2.

September 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

         LITA BARON (1923 – 2015)                          The Broken Star (1956) opposite Howard Duff Tiny Lita Baron (she was just 4’11”) was a fiery Andalusion-born singer/dancer from Almeria, Spain who performed up front with Xavier Cugat’s Orchestra at the Mocambo and at Ciro’s on the Sunset Strip. It was while she was working there that she encountered [...]

1940s & 50s – When singers could sing.

September 8, 2017 // 3 Comments

THE ANDREWS SISTERS – L to R Maxene (1916 – 95), Patty (1916 – 2013) & LaVerne (1911-67)  Whichever way you look at it the Andrews Sisters were a uniformly unattractive trio, yet they were a phenomenally successful singing group, especially during World War Two. Maxene was the dominant one handled most of the group’s bookings and business dealings with their manager Lou Levy. [...]

Suzan Ball – A sad tale.

September 6, 2017 // 2 Comments

  SUZAN BALL (1934 – 55)  There have been many sad stories come out of Hollywood and Suzan Ball’s is one of the saddest. She had only made eight movies (and in two of those she was ‘uncredited), when suddenly her career and her life were over. Fate chose to allocate her a lot of pain and anguish in her brief life, a life that began in Jamestown, New York in 1934 and ended just 21 [...]
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