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 [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 15

September 25, 2016 // 4 Comments

  COLMAN, Ronald                            HUME, Benita                                  1938 – 58 (his death)   Ronald Colman was very nearly one of the millions of fatalities of World War One. He had only been in France for two months when he was seriously gassed at the battle of Messines and invalided out of the battle zone [...]

TOP 20 GROSSING PICTURES OF ALL TIME – (Allowing for inflation)

September 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

  If you were to look at a list of the greatest grossing movies of all time without taking into account the inflation factor, you would discover some very ordinary titles. The diabolically poor Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), for example, makes it to #64 on that list, just one spot behind the first ever Star Wars offering way back in 1977. Even the less than [...]

‘American Graffiti’ (1973) – a landmark production.

September 21, 2016 // 0 Comments

  In 1971, twenty-seven year old George Lucas directed his first full-length film, a sci-fi feature called THX 1138. It cost around three quarters of a million dollars to make and grossed about three times its expenses in the USA. It was successful enough for him to seek backing for his next venture, American Graffiti, but studio after studio would not touch it. The screenplay told four [...]

The Mike Todd saga.

September 19, 2016 // 6 Comments

  In 1958 Kirk Douglas accepted an invitation from film producer Mike Todd to accompany him on a flight to New York aboard Mike’s private plane dubbed The Lucky Liz, in honor of his wife Elizabeth Taylor. ‘As I was packing my bags I suddenly felt a painful knotting in my stomach’, recalled Douglas. ‘At that moment – and I couldn’t understand why – I felt more frightened and [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 14.

September 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

  CILENTO, Diane                              CONNERY, Sean                              1962 – 73 (div.)   Australian actress Diane Cilento is all but unknown today to international audiences. If not for her marriage to the first James Bond, Sean Connery, her career might be pretty much forgotten. Even her Oscar nomination for Best [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 13.

September 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

  CATES, Phoebe                                KLINE, Kevin                                   1989 –   Phoebe Cates is a New Yorker of Jewish/Russian/Chinese descent. Her teenage years saw her on the covers of several teen magazines including ‘Seventeen’, ‘Elle’ and ‘British Vogue’. She even adorned an edition of [...]

Two tragic Hollywood beauties.

September 13, 2016 // 10 Comments

  Ava Gardner (1922-90) Mickey Rooney took one look at Ava Gardner when she arrived in Hollywood and was hooked. He pursued her, wooed her and did his utmost to bed her, but the 18 year-old virgin made it clear that any man who wanted to alter that status was going to have to marry her first, so the perpetually randy Mickey proposed at a hundred miles an hour. Ava accepted on condition the [...]

Actors marrying other actors – Pt 12.

September 11, 2016 // 4 Comments

  CARREY, Jim                                   HOLLY, Lauren                               1996 – 97 (div.)   Canadian-born Carrey has been a naturalized American since 2004. It comes as no surprise to learn that he has always been an incurable extrovert since he was a child. Even at junior high he was granted permission to [...]

‘Night and Day’ (1946) – the worst biopic ever?

September 9, 2016 // 2 Comments

            A couple of nights ago, around midnight, Foxtel showed the Cole Porter biopic Night and Day. I had seen bits and pieces of it over the years, but never the lot. Why? Because it is bloody awful, that’s why! Nevertheless, I happen to think that Cole Porter is the best writer of popular songs in history, so I sat down to listen to a few of them again. His tunes and lyrics were as [...]

Actors marrying other actors – Pt 11.

September 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

  BRUCE, Virginia                              GILBERT, John                                1932-4 (div.)   Virginia Bruce may have started out as one of the original 20 Goldwyn girls, along with Betty Grable, Paulette Goddard and Ann Sothern, but she soon showed she had talent. In all she chalked up 82 screen credits between 1929 [...]
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