July 2016

Actors marrying other actors – PT 4.

July 31, 2016 // 1 Comment

  BANDERAS, Antonio                                   GRIFFITH, Melanie             1996 to 2015 (div.)   Antonio as Zorro And as the voice of Puss in Boots Melanie as Tess McGill in  Working Girl (1988) Antonio and Melanie met in 1995 on the set of Two Much when both actors were married to others. Banderas had already admired Melanie from afar [...]

Actors marrying other actors PT 3.

July 29, 2016 // 5 Comments

  BACALL, Lauren                 –           BOGART, Humphrey          1945 to 1957 (his death)                                                                 ROBARDS, Jason                 1961 to 1969 (div.)   Bogie & Bacall  Jason Robards & Betty Bacall And with Frank Sinatra Lauren (known [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 2.

July 27, 2016 // 6 Comments

  ANDRESS, Ursula                –           DEREK, John                        1957 to 1966 (div.)       Ursula and Jean-Paul Belmondo Ursula today A good seven years before she waded out of the Caribbean and into movie legend with her debut in the first Bond film Dr No (1962), Swiss-born Ursula Andress met the fading movie star John [...]

Actors marrying other actors – Pt 1

July 25, 2016 // 2 Comments

  In this series of articles I shall be examining many of the ‘Hollywood’ marriages down the decades. By ‘Hollywood marriages’ I mean those between actors and actresses involved in the industry, not the unions where one half comes from outside the business. Of course, like anywhere else, there have been strong, lasting marriages in Tinsel Town between individuals of flawless [...]

Four memorable lady movie villains.

July 23, 2016 // 2 Comments

  The history of movies is literally riddled with iconic male villains, but not so many women have been fortunate enough to sink their teeth into a genuinely meaty, nasty role. One of the first (and best) appeared in Hitchcock’s 1940 classic Rebecca. Dame Judith Anderson positively oozed malevolence as Mrs. Danvers, although she did receive a little help from the director. Hitch, with his [...]

Some observations about ‘Shakespeare in Love’ (1998)

July 21, 2016 // 4 Comments

  It is not often that you go to the movies and immediately the film begins you know you are in for a good time. That was how I felt about Shakespeare in Love the moment the camera panned around the replica of the Rose Theatre and I heard the beautiful theme music of Stephen Warbeck. Of course, connoisseurs of the Bard will most likely hate the thing but, since I find Shakespeare boring [...]

The making of ‘The Great Escape’ (1963)

July 19, 2016 // 4 Comments

In World War Two Stalag Luft III was an enormous POW camp in Germany, encompassing 59 acres surrounded by over five miles of perimeter fencing and housing some 10,000 Allied servicemen of the Fleet Air Arm. Renowned author Paul Brickhill wrote the book from which this film is taken. He was imprisoned at Stalag Luft III after being shot down in his Spitfire over Tunisia in March 1943. While in the [...]

The making of ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (1960)

July 17, 2016 // 2 Comments

  The Mirisch brothers, Walter, Marvin and Harold, produced a number of highly profitable movies in the fifties and sixties – Some Like it Hot (1959), West Side Story (1961), The Pink Panther (1963) and In the Heat of the Night (1967) were among them. The Magnificent Seven and The Great Escape were two more. The iconic western cost $2 million to make, was shot on location in Mexico, and it [...]

Anthony Quinn – a hypocrite or just a product of his times?

July 15, 2016 // 2 Comments

  When it came to love and marriage Anthony Quinn was a bona fide, gilt-edged hypocrite. He was livid when he found out on his wedding night in 1937 that his first wife, Katherine De Mille, (CB’s adopted daughter) was not a virgin. So he beat her up. As far as he was concerned a wife had to be a virgin. Her first lover had been none other than superstar Clark Gable. Director Victor Fleming [...]

Feminine allure in the movies – 50 of the best

July 13, 2016 // 4 Comments

  These days if a man mentions that a woman looks ‘hot’ or ‘desirable’, he runs a very good chance of being labeled a ‘sexist’ by that annoying, nameless bunch that take it upon themselves to decide for the rest of us what is politically correct and what is not. Ever since I was old enough to realize that girls were much nicer to look at, more interesting to talk to, and [...]
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