My Books in Paperback now available in Australia

June 17, 2018 // 0 Comments

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’ All Vol 1 – $31.90 Hollywood Warts ‘N’ All Vol 2 – [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT87.

December 10, 2018 // 4 Comments

       Harpo Marx         Harpo Marx was offered $50,000 to utter the solitary word, ‘Murder!’ in the 1946 film A Night in Casablanca. He declined the offer, adhering to his policy of remaining mute on-screen and in public. In fact, he never spoke a word in any of the Marx Brothers movies and only spoke publicly once, and that was at a concert a year prior to his death in 1964. [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT86.

December 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

  Gregory Peck & Ava Gardner in On the Beach (1959) When Ava Gardner came to Australia to make On the Beach (1959), she did not exactly endear herself to the nation when she remarked that Melbourne was the most appropriate place on Earth to make a picture about the end of humankind. Come to think of it, most non-Melbournians would probably agree with her.  An Australian reporter then [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT85.

December 6, 2018 // 4 Comments

  Joan Crawford circa 1945 Joan Crawford worked full-time at being a movie star. Very little was left to chance, especially when she got older and her star had started to wane. For example, she always made a point of timing her arrival at a theatre seconds before the curtain went up, thus ensuring her entrance was seen by everyone including the performers on the stage. Whenever she visited a [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT84

December 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

    Marlon Brando & Karl Malden in One-Eyed Jacks (1961) One-Eyed Jacks (1961) was to have been directed by Stanley Kubrick at a budgeted cost of $1.8 million, but then Kubrick left and the picture’s star, Marlon Brando, took over as director. Day one, ominously, saw him throw away the script and announce to cast and crew, ‘We are going to improvise.’ For the next 6 months [...]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT9

December 2, 2018 // 3 Comments

  George Clooney as Ulysses Everett McGill in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) This charming comedy is very loosely based on Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ and is a wonderful vehicle for George Clooney, ably supported by the brilliant John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson. He demonstrates a natural flair for comedy and deservedly picked up a Golden Globe for his performance. The Academy, as usual, [...]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT8

November 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

  Rita Hayworth as Gilda in Gilda (1946) Glenn Ford & Rita in Gilda  Gilda was an enormous success for Columbia in 1946, so much so that Rita Hayworth’s agent demanded a share of the profits of all subsequent films made by her. Columbia head Harry Cohn point blank refused. Her agent was none other than Johnny Hyde, the gnomish little man who would later become Marilyn Monroe’s [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT83

November 28, 2018 // 3 Comments

Sandra Bullock & her Oscar for The Blind Side (2009) Sandra Bullock enjoys a reputation for being kind and attentive, highly professional and a pleasure to work with. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she does not permit her ego to interfere with her sense of humour either. In 2009, she readily turned up at the Razzie Awards to collect her gong for her performance in a spud awful little [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT82

November 26, 2018 // 2 Comments

  Franciska Gaal The name Franciska Gaal is long lost to modern movie-goers. Her Hollywood screen career was very short indeed, only three pictures released just prior to the outbreak of World War Two. Born in Budapest, Hungary, the Jewish Franciska had enjoyed success in German cinema until Hitler came to power in the mid-thirties. Brought out to America in 1937, she starred opposite [...]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT7

November 24, 2018 // 2 Comments

Sterling Hayden as Dix Handley in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Sterling Hayden was one of those actors who did not have to act tough. He was tough. Hayden made two movies in 1941, found time to wed British beauty Madeleine Carroll in February 1942, and then headed off to war. He changed his name to John Hamilton to obscure his Hollywood past and join the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the [...]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT6

November 22, 2018 // 2 Comments

    Elsa Martinelli as ‘Dallas’ in Hatari! (1962) Hatari! (1962) is not a great movie but it does have its moments. Well, to be entirely truthful, it has one memorable moment. Being a sucker for beautiful women, I am forever grateful for the bevy of stunning actresses Italy has produced down the years. One of those I have always had a soft spot for was Elsa Martinelli. The 26 year-old [...]
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