Download Hollywood Warts ‘N’ All Vol 1 here for only $1.99

February 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

Hollywood Warts ‘N’ All eBook available for download here at a heavily discounted price. Over 640 pages Normally retails on Amazon for $4.99 Get your copy here for just $1.99 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 tragedies, studio [...]

Thank You for Your Ongoing Support

January 14, 2016 // 6 Comments

Thank you all for taking an interest in our site. ‘Hollywood Warts ‘N’ All Volume Two’ is now available on Amazon Kindle, containing data on nearly 600 movies old and new. If you enjoyed volume one this latest release is sure to interest you. See larger image Hollywood Warts ‘N’ All, Volume 1 List Price: Price Not Listed Kindle Edition: Check Amazon for Pricing [...]

WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1929

February 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

A new batch of WAMPAS Baby Stars were named in 1929. Two went on to be big stars, three others enjoyed a modicum of fame and the remaining eight faded into oblivion. The 1929 group (top L to R): Loretta Young, Josephine Dunn, Jean Arthur, Doris Hill, Anita Page, (centre L to R): Mona Rico, Betty Boyd, Sally Blane, Ethlyn Clair, (sitting L to R): Helen Twelvetrees, Carl Lincoln, Helen Foster, [...]

Did you know?

February 18, 2017 // 2 Comments

          It did not take Hollywood long to start altering World War Two history. Shooting began on Wake Island (1942) even before the battle for the island had ended. In all there were 449 military personnel on this tiny speck in the Pacific (plus 1221 civilian workers). By the time the garrison surrendered, 52 military and 70 civilians had perished in the fighting. Watching this movie, [...]

‘Correction, apology & thanks’.

February 16, 2017 // 2 Comments

  It has been kindly brought to my attention that a piece of information I included in one of my books, concerning the disappearance of British actor Leslie Howard, was in error. Mr. Howard was aboard a civilian aircraft that was shot down by German Junkers over the Bay of Biscay in 1943 during WW2. Author Derek Partridge sent me feedback on this site, correcting part of my story, for which [...]

When is an Indian not an Indian? (PT 2).

February 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

  On February 14, I posted the first part of this article, featuring a selection of non-Native Americans who have portrayed Amerindians in movies over the past 100 years or so. It was not a comprehensive list. In part two the focus shifts to the genuine Native Americans who now form part of the motion picture industry and who are, at long last, having the opportunity to portray members of [...]

When is an Indian not an Indian? (PT 1)

February 14, 2017 // 2 Comments

  Until around about the eighties very few actual Native Americans were employed playing Indians in Hollywood movies. Thankfully, since then that has changed and there are numerous Native American actors making healthy livings in westerns and other genres. Over the next few days I shall examine some of those aliens who played Indians back when westerns were all the go and some of the more [...]

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)

February 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Napoleon Solo & Illya Kuryakin The original title for the series that took the TV world by storm was to be Solo, but when it was pointed out that writer Ian Fleming had already used that name for one of the gangsters recruited by Auric Goldfinger to knock over Fort Knox in his James Bond film Goldfinger, the title was changed to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. For those who cannot remember [...]

Did you know?

February 10, 2017 // 3 Comments

  Bette Davis was born Ruth Elizabeth Davis in 1908. Fortunately, she did not hear her mother’s first words on her arrival: ‘Take it away! It’s horrible!’ she screamed. As a child little Ruth was a handful, cantankerous and precocious. She and her mentally unbalanced sister were raised by their mother after their father shot through. And the lady was strict. Biographers claim that [...]

Did you know?

February 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Christopher Reeve (1952 – 2004) The 6’4” Christopher Reeve won out over thousands of others for the lead in Superman (1978). Because he was decidedly slim he had to gain 30lbs in weight to portray the ‘Man of Steel’, a process that saw him spend hours each day in the gym and required him to eat two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners every day. His weight trainer [...]

WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1928.

February 6, 2017 // 2 Comments

      LINA BASQUETTE (1907 – 1994) Californian Lina Basquette was born Lena Baskette. Obviously, someone thought the French spelling gave her something that the American spelling didn’t. Her screen career comprised just 48 credits, many of them when she was a child actress signed by Universal during the First World War. Her private life, however, was something else again. Six of [...]

A couple of film noirs.

February 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

  DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)                    I suppose most fans of old movies have their personal favourite film noir. Mine is without doubt Double Indemnity (1944), which surprises even me because I have never been overly keen on any of the three stars – Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray and Edward G. Robinson. Not in other films anyway, but in this picture they combine [...]
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