January 2017

Two forgotten beauties.

January 31, 2017 // 4 Comments

  Fans of the 1957 movie version of the musical South Pacific will well remember the enchanting Eurasian girl who played Liat. France Nuyen came out of nowhere (literally) and became the dream girl of many men around the world who saw her playing Bloody Mary’s daughter on Bali Hai, yet her life story reads like the script of a very bad B-movie. France as Liat in South Pacific She was [...]

Did you know?

January 29, 2017 // 5 Comments

  Mickey Rooney was at the top of the Hollywood tree in the thirties and lived his life in the fast lane. MGM’s publicity machine had him collecting stamps and coins like any other young American boy. It was even spread about that his favourite author was Eugene O’Neill. Randy little Mickey did not collect stamps or coins, nor did he read books, any books, much less O’Neill’s. He [...]

Stars we lost in 2016 – Pt 2.

January 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

  In the previous post I looked at the passing of Carrie Fisher, Michael Massee, Jon Polito, Florence Henderson, David Bowie, Patty Duke, Alan Rickman, Alan Thicke, Charmian Carr, Dan Haggerty, Kenny Baker, Robert Vaughn, Gene Wilder and Ronnie Corbett. Here are some more unique individuals who failed to see out 2016.        Andrew Sachs (1930-2016) as Manuel      in later years [...]

Stars we lost in 2016 – PT 1.

January 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Every year the movie world loses irreplaceable talent to the ravages of time, illness and mishap, and 2016 was no exception. Here is a brief look at some of the performers whose unique personas will no longer grace our screens. Fortunately, unlike most of us, their best works will live forever on celluloid. I shall look at the others in a couple of days. The two-part list begins with the [...]

Did you know?

January 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Fifty or more years after The Magnificent Seven first graced our screens in 1960, it is still the second-most repeated movie on American television. Only Casablanca is shown more. Actor James Coburn could thank a scheduled strike by the Screen Actors Guild for his opportunity to star in it. He could also thank his friend and fellow thespian Robert Vaughn.     Robert Vaughn in The [...]

Mackenzie Phillips – ‘High on Arrival’.

January 19, 2017 // 4 Comments

  In 2009 Mackenzie Phillips launched her autobiography High on Arrival, a no-holds-barred look at her incredible drug-filled life as the daughter of the iconic John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas sixties singing group. It is an extraordinary story in every way, by far the most interesting (and candid) biography I have read. She makes no excuses for her journey, nor does she entirely [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 20.

January 17, 2017 // 2 Comments

  Frances DEE                                     Joel McCREA                       (1933 – 90)    his death   Frances & Joel in Wells Fargo (1937) By all accounts Joel McCrea was one of the nicest men to ever become a big movie star. He had it all. He was tall, handsome, sincere, extremely affable and soft-spoken. And he [...]

WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1927.

January 15, 2017 // 2 Comments

  Patricia Avery (1902-73) Boston-born Patricia Avery must have wondered ‘what the hell happened?’ After starring opposite superstar Lillian Gish in Annie Laurie, immediately making two more films and then being chosen as a WAMPAS Baby Star – all in 1927 – her star seemed set to soar above the Hollywood heavens. However, one more role in 1928 and her promising career came to a [...]

My Top Ten Movies of 1967.

January 13, 2017 // 2 Comments

                                                                                        #10        THE FLIM-FLAM MAN       Sue Lyon                                                  George C. Scott The Flim-Flam Man is an entertaining conman caper, greatly aided by the presence of George C. Scott who is seldom dull. [...]

Past Oscars Pt 8 – (1982-88).

January 11, 2017 // 2 Comments

          1982              Gandhi – Best Picture                         Ben Kingsley – Gandhi                         Meryl Streep –  Sophie’s Choice                         Lou Gossett Jr – An Officer and a Gentleman                         Jessica Lange – Tootsie [...]
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