December 2015

Actors in WW2 – The final word.

December 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Brilliant actor Sir Alec Guinness, who will probably (and unforgiveably) be best remembered by the general public for his portrayal of Obi-Wan-Kenobi in the Star Wars series of films, saw a lot of action during World War Two. This gentlest of men joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in 1941, became an officer a year later and, as the commander of a landing craft with twenty crewmen [...]

Actors’ real life war records.

December 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Caine in Korea (standing second from left) Here are a few more stories about actors who participated in one or more of the conflicts of the 20th century. I will add a second segment in a couple of day’s time. Sir Michael Caine was called up for national service in the Royal Fusiliers in the British Army when he was 18. For years he hated the smell of garlic because it reminded [...]

More old TV show trivia.

December 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

  William Boyd made Hopalong Cassidy famous by depicting him in 66 movies throughout the 30s and 40s, and then for five years on television between 1949 and 1954. A smart businessman, Boyd purchased the rights to the movies, then pruned them into half-hour and full-hour television episodes. When these proved enormously popular, with children especially, he created 52 more episodes that saw [...]

Merry Christmas everyone.

December 25, 2015 // 2 Comments

  Hi everyone. My son Peter is the IT hotshot here. I just write stuff. He tells me we have a lot of regular visitors to the site, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for showing an interest in our site, and to wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year. In particular, I would like to send a special ‘Merry Christmas’ to Shiela in Minnesota. Thank you for [...]

‘I Love Lucy’ & ‘Gunsmoke’ – iconic TV history.

December 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Lucille Ball attended John Murray Anderson’s Dramatic School in New York City at the same time Bette Davis was enrolled there. Bette was the star pupil. Lucy, on the other hand, who would one day become the most loved comedienne in America, courtesy of her record-smashing TV hit show I Love Lucy, was sent home because she was ‘too shy’. The general belief at the school was that she [...]

David Niven – a true gentleman.

December 22, 2015 // 3 Comments

  David Niven’s first wife, Primula Rollo, (known as Primmie) died in a tragic household accident several months before he made The Bishop’s Wife in 1947. The couple had been married since 1940 and were visiting Tyrone Power’s home when a game of ‘hide and seek’ was suggested by someone. In the dark Primmie opened what she thought was a closet door, but happened to be [...]

More old TV shows trivia.

December 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

  To baby-boomers the name Honor Blackman conjures up two distinct and memorable images – Cathy Gale in all of the first 43 episodes of the hit TV series The Avengers –  and Pussy Galore in the 1964 James Bond classic Goldfinger. In August 2015, the wonderful Honor Blackman turned ninety years of age. Born in England in 1925, she was taught boxing by her brother and became [...]

Tragic Hollywood – Who killed funnyman Ted Healy?

December 18, 2015 // 4 Comments

  Wallace Beery won the Oscar in 1931-2 for The Champ, even though he actually scored one less vote than Fredric March that year. The rules of the previous year awarded Oscars to performers who finished within three votes of the winner. Presenter Conrad Nagel, unaware that the regulations had been changed, incorrectly called for another Oscar for Beery without conferring with Academy [...]

Gay Hollywood in the studio days.

December 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

  I read recently that ‘gay-gossip is the newest and most clever form of homophobia’. Nice try, but I’m not buying it.  I am neither homosexual nor homophobic, but I am interested in subterfuge and in exposing old-time movie studios that made an art form out of gulling the public. For fifty or so years their publicity machines churned out phony, sanitized images of their stars and [...]

Hollywood – tales from the dark side.

December 14, 2015 // 6 Comments

  Mabel Normand was one of the wildest of the silent stars whose off-screen antics ultimately wrecked her career and contributed to her early death. Mack Sennett credited her with inventing the pie-throwing gag that came to be used extensively throughout the silent picture era, claiming she threw one in comedian Ben Turpin’s face while the cross-eyed star was struggling to get a laugh from [...]
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