July 2017

Hollywood Mysteries Pt 3.

July 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

    The victim – 1968 – Los Angeles, California Ramon Novarro (69)       Novarro as Ben-Hur                in later years Ramon Novarro was a matinee idol of the silent era who once played the title role in the 1925 version of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. At his peak he was raking in $10,000 a week, an enormous sum for 1925. He was still landing small roles in [...]

Hollywood Mysteries Pt 2.

July 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

      The victim – 1959 – Beverly Hills, California  George Reeves (45) The corpse of George Reeves, television’s Superman, was found naked in his bedroom at 1.59am by his party guests who then waited 45 minutes before calling police. Why the delay? And why would George get completely undressed when he was about to blow his brains out? Suicides rarely get naked, [...]

Hollywood Mysteries Pt 1.

July 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

                        There has been a number of mysterious deaths in Hollywood and the movie (and TV )business over the past hundred or so years. Over the next week or so I shall briefly look at the most interesting of these. Of course, on the Internet there is no end of gory photographs of the victims and crime scenes, but I have no intention of including any of those pictures [...]

50 TOP MALE SUPPORTING ACTORS PT 2 (25-1)

July 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

  25        JOE PANTOLIANO I enjoyed Joe Pantoliano as Guido in Risky Business (1983), Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run (1988) and as Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive (1993). My only criticism is his over-use of expletives in the roles he chooses. Perhaps, I am just showing my age. 24        AUSTIN PENDLETON It took Austin Pendleton until the 1980s to find a workable cure for his [...]

50 TOP MALE SUPPORTING ACTORS PT 1 (50-26).

July 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

    50 GREAT MALE SUPPORTING ACTORS Most of the truly great movies owe much of their success to, not just their leading players, but to the quality of the character actors who support them. We all have our favorites, but here is a selection of mine. You may not recall all the names but most of their faces should be immediately familiar. You will not find the likes of Jack Palance or Ward Bond [...]

DEBORAH KERR – Class and beauty personified.

July 10, 2017 // 3 Comments

  I have written nine books on Hollywood, mostly on the stars of the so-called ‘Golden Era’, and have reached the slightly disillusioning understanding that most of my readers, (not all I hasten to add), are far more interested in the scandal and gossip than about any of the genuinely decent, unsullied stories. And that is very much a human trait I guess, particularly in an industry [...]

The Quigley Poll of Top Box-office Stars PT 3. (1978-2013)

July 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

  1978       Burt Reynolds 1979       Burt Reynolds 1980       Burt Reynolds 1981       Burt Reynolds 1982       Burt Reynolds We often tend to forget just how popular Burt Reynolds was. Only Bing Crosby and he have topped Quigley five years in succession! The most astonishing thing about Burt’s achievements is that, on scanning his movies over those years, [...]

The Quigley Poll of Top Box-office Stars PT 2. (1944-77)

July 6, 2017 // 2 Comments

  1944       Bing Crosby 1945       Bing Crosby 1946       Bing Crosby 1947       Bing Crosby 1948       Bing Crosby For five straight years Bing Crosby swept all before him. And I still don’t understand why he was so popular. He had a pleasant voice, but his personality grated on me something chronic. I realize that Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. [...]

The Quigley Poll of Top Box-office stars PT 1. (1915-43)

July 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

  The Quigley Publications Poll determined the top box-office stars each year. Here are the winners for each year from 1915 until 2013 – Part 1 (1915-43). 1915       William S. Hart 1916       William S. Hart Hart hailed from New York where he became famous for his 1899 portrayal of Messala in ‘Ben-Hur, but it was his movies as a western hero that won him the first [...]

The ‘CARRY ON’ pictures Pt 3.

July 2, 2017 // 5 Comments

  CARRY ON UP THE JUNGLE (1970)   Joan Sims and Frankie Howerd in Carry on up the Jungle By now the regulars in the cast were starting to have delusions of grandeur. Jim Dale turned down the role of the Jungle Boy because he felt the dialogue he was expected to deliver was mostly grunts and gibberish. Terry Scott was cast instead. After Kenneth Williams refused the lead role of Professor [...]