November 2016

The Silent Movie Era – a few observations.

November 30, 2016 // 6 Comments

                                                             Here are a few unrelated ‘snippets’ from the good old days of the ‘Silent Era’. Some of them you may already know about; others you may not. But each one contributes to our knowledge and understanding of that long ago age when the movies were still a thing of wonder and the [...]

Cartoon characters – Matching the voices to the faces.

November 28, 2016 // 2 Comments

  It usually comes as a surprise (to me anyway) when I come across an actor whose voice I instantly recognize as being that of a well-known cartoon character. I was watching an old 1949 Esther Williams film a few nights ago (Neptune’s Daughter), and a Mexican named Pancho (what else) opened his mouth and out popped ‘Bugs Bunny’. It was, of course, Mel Blanc, that master of a thousand [...]

Past Oscars PT 6 – (1967-74).

November 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

  1967               In the Heat of the Night – Best Picture                         Rod Steiger – Best Actor for In the Heat of the Night                         George Kennedy – Best Supporting Actor for Cool Hand Luke In the Heat of the Night was a strong choice for Best Picture, but how could the abysmal Doctor Doolittle [...]

Actors marrying other actors – Pt 18

November 24, 2016 // 2 Comments

             Arlene DAHL                                    Lex BARKER                        (1951 – 52)    divorced                                                                Fernando LAMAS                (1954 – 60)    divorced           Lex Barker as Tarzan  [...]

On-set fatalities in Hollywood movies.

November 22, 2016 // 1 Comment

Movie-making has cost the lives of quite a few of those involved in the process. Stuntmen, cameramen, assistants, extras, plus the occasional director and actor have lost their lives down the decades. This is not a definitive list, not by a long shot, but it does demonstrate the perils that have always dogged the pursuit of excellence in the film industry. I have limited my list to actors, [...]

The Best Pictures Year by Year – PT3 – (1953-9).

November 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

  1953 Oscar-Nominated Films                      FROM HERE TO ETERNITY Julius Caesar The Robe Roman Holiday Shane COMMENT This was one of the best years ever, in my opinion. Three of the nominees were terrific, but Julius Caesar and The Robe were rubbish. Cole Porter’s brilliant Kiss Me Kate was overlooked completely, as were two other fabulous musicals, Calamity Jane and The [...]


November 18, 2016 // 2 Comments

  Cecil B DeMille It has been 60 years since my grand-parents dragged me along to see CB DeMille’s The Ten Commandments at our local theatre. I think their plan was to give me a dose of good old religion, but all it did was scare the knickers clean off me! Three things happened in that picture that gave me nightmares for years afterwards. The parting of the Red Sea and the consequent [...]

Past Oscars PT 5 – (1961-66)

November 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

    1961               West Side Story – Best Picture                         Maximilian Schell – Best Actor for Judgment at Nuremberg                         George Chakiris – Best Supporting Actor for West Side Story                                     [...]

Did you know?

November 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Director Dorothy Arzner & Crawford ‘I like to think that every director I’ve worked with has fallen a little in love with me’, Joan Crawford once confided in an interview none too modestly. ‘I know Dorothy Arzner did’. No surprises there. Given her well-documented sexual orientation Dorothy may well have fallen in love with many of her leading ladies over the years. When it [...]

WAMPAS Baby Stars PT2 – 1923

November 12, 2016 // 2 Comments

  The 13 youngsters deemed to be ‘up and coming’ for 1923 were: BOARDMAN, Eleanor (1898 – 1991). Eleanor always wanted to be an actress. She left her native Philadelphia and headed for the bright lights of New York City, but success did not come there, so she signed up with the Selwyn Organization as a chorus girl on Broadway. A casting director for Goldwyn Pictures saw her while he [...]
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