MOVIE TRIVIA – PT159.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT159.

August 13, 2020 Alan Royle 0

Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra There is a story that has found its way into entertainment legend, of how a mobster pal of Frank Sinatra’s got Tommy Dorsey to let Frank out of his long-term contract by simply putting a gun to the band-leader’s head and issuing the following threat: […]

PROFILE – ASHLEY JUDD

PROFILE – ASHLEY JUDD

August 11, 2020 Alan Royle 1

  ASHLEY JUDD (1968 – )                  She was born Ashley Tyler Ciminella in Granada Hills, California in 1968. Her memoir, ‘All That Is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir’ (2011) recounts tales of sexual abuse in her childhood, firstly at the hands of […]

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TV WESTERNS – PT5.

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  BROKEN ARROW (1956-58) – 72 EPISODES                                   This series was inspired by the popularity of the 1950 feature film of the same name that starred James Stewart as Tom Jeffords and Jeff Chandler as […]

PROFILES – Goldie Hawn.

PROFILES – Goldie Hawn.

August 7, 2020 Alan Royle 1

  GOLDIE HAWN (1945 – )                           Goldie Jeanne Hawn was born in Washington DC in November 1945 but grew up in Maryland. Her mother was Jewish and the daughter if Hungarian immigrants, so Goldie was raised in the Jewish faith. Her father was Presbyterian. Today, she is a devout Buddhist […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT29.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT29.

August 4, 2020 Alan Royle 1

ROBERT MITCHUM:                                             [On his reasoning for making or rejecting movie roles] ‘There are movies I won’t do for any amount. I turned down Patton (1970) and I turned down […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT28.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT28.

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  CAROLE LANDIS (1919 – 48) In October 1942, the War Department organized its second entertainment troupe to go abroad, a tour that was intended to last for approximately five weeks. Carole Landis, comedienne Martha Raye, veteran actress Kay Francis and little known dancer Mitzi Mayfair volunteered. The tour would […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT158.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT158.

July 29, 2020 Alan Royle 2

           Victor McLaglen Victor McLaglen always claimed he was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England in 1886, but birth records indicate he was really born in Stepney. And he was not Irish at all, despite being cast mostly as Irishmen, particularly by director John Ford. Prior […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT12.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT12.

July 29, 2020 Alan Royle 0

Over the years I have been on the receiving end of a considerable amount of criticism (not to mention downright abuse) from fans of director Elia Kazan, especially from those self-appointed aficionados of movie-making who seem to delight in informing me that he was (and still is, in their eyes), […]

TV WESTERNS – PT4.

TV WESTERNS – PT4.

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BONANZA    (1959-73)                                430 EPISODES                     Few TV westerns were as successful and as long-running as Bonanza (1959-73). In fact, only Gunsmoke outdid it both in episodes (635) and seasons (20). Initially, Bonanza was screened on Saturday nights, but the figures were so dismal that thought was given to cancelling it. As […]

PROFILES – Jean Harlow

PROFILES – Jean Harlow

July 23, 2020 Alan Royle 2

            JEAN HARLOW (1911 – 37)          Born Harlean Carpenter in Kansas City, Missouri, to a dentist and his wife, the young actress who would one day become Jean Harlow and known around the world as ‘The Platinum Blonde’, ran away from home at sixteen to marry a 23 year-old businessman […]