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 – PT107.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT107.

February 16, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  Early western star William S. Hart One of the earliest stars of the cinema was a strapping 6’2” former New Yorker who lived for a while during the 1880s in the wild Dakota Territory, a man named William S. Hart. He began studying acting in 1888 and, from 1907 […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT3.

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT3.

February 14, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    James Mason & Danielle Darrieux  5 FINGERS (1952) World War Two – Espionage in Ankara, Turkey Possibly my favourite espionage movie of all time, thanks to the superbly convincing portrayal of the spy by James Mason and the delightful performance from Danielle Darrieux as the Countess Staviska (a […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT2.

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT2.

February 12, 2019 Alan Royle 1

    Cate Blanchett in the title role CHARLOTTE GRAY (2001)            World War Two – Espionage in Nazi-occupied France Sebastian Faulks’ based his 1999 novel Charlotte Gray on the exploits of Nancy ‘the White Mouse’ Wake, the Allies’ most successful female agent operating behind Nazi lines during the war. Nancy […]

50 War Pictures Worth Watching – Pt1.

War Pictures Worth Watching – Pt1.

February 10, 2019 Alan Royle 2

  There have been a lot of very good war pictures churned out over the past 100 years or so. Here is an alphabetical list of those I believe to be worthy of watching. I have every one in my collection and have watched most of them several times. Aldo […]

BILL & CAROLE & JEAN & CLARK.

BILL & CAROLE & JEAN & CLARK.

February 8, 2019 Alan Royle 0

March 29, 1939 – Gable & Lombard marry. William Powell was married to Carole Lombard from 1931 until 1933. The much-loved Carole was an out-going, often outrageous woman, prone to wild partying, raucous behaviour, and the use of appallingly bad language, if the mood took her. When they first met, […]

QUIZ – Name the character & the movie.

QUIZ – Name the character & the movie.

February 6, 2019 Alan Royle 2

  Below are 50 stills from 50 movies, accompanied by the actor’s name and the year of the picture’s release. Can you supply the CHARACTER’S name and the title of the movie for a total score out of 100?   1          1939                LESLIE HOWARD 2          1944                BARBARA STANWYCK 3          […]

MOVIE & TV HORSES DOWN THE AGES.

MOVIE & TV HORSES DOWN THE AGES.

February 4, 2019 Alan Royle 0

William S. Hart & Fritz Like most kids who attended Saturday matinees back in the fifties, I knew details about all the cowboy stars, who rode which horse and why. Most of my movie heroes back then were cowboy stars and that didn’t change when TV came along in Western […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 106.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 106.

February 2, 2019 Alan Royle 1

Jimmy Dean in Giant (1955) Dean photographed with his Porsche – the crash scene. While shooting the movie Giant in 1955, James Dean took the time to film a ‘Public Service Announcement’, warning young people of the dangers of speeding on the highway. ‘I used to fly around quite a bit’, […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT105

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT105

January 31, 2019 Alan Royle 4

Sid James & Barbara Windsor From his teenage days, right up until his death in 1976 at the age of 63, Sid James was a womaniser who cheated on all three of his wives without compunction. He impregnated several of his girlfriends during his first marriage, his wealthy father-in-law paying […]

SCARAMOUCHE (1952) – Technicolor at its best.

SCARAMOUCHE (1952) – Technicolor at its best.

January 29, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    Mel Ferrer (L) & Stewart Granger in Scaramouche (1952) I was just five years old when MGM made the wonderful costumer Scaramouche (1952), and I first saw it with my parents about 6 or 7 years later. It was one of the reasons I fell in love with the cinema […]