December 2017

CHILD STARS OF BYGONE DAYS – PT3

December 31, 2017 // 10 Comments

      BOBBY BLAKE (1933 – )                                              as Little Beaver (R) with Bill Elliott as Red Ryder He was born Mickey Gubitosi in New Jersey in 1933, a name he continued to use for the first three years of his movie career. After that he acted under the name Bobby Blake in the Our Gang featurettes. MGM started him in the series when he [...]

Child stars of bygone days – PT2.

December 29, 2017 // 2 Comments

MATTHEW ‘STYMIE’ BEARD (1925 – 81)              During the Depression years Americans found something to laugh about at the movies watching the antics of a group of talented children in the ‘Our Gang’ and ‘Little Rascals’ comedy shorts. One of those extraordinary kids was an African-American named Matthew ‘Stymie’ Beard whose trademark was an oversized derby hat, a gift [...]

Child Stars of Bygone Days – PT1

December 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

This is the first article about the myriad child stars who graced movies and television since the very beginning of the movie industry until around 1980. I have left out the more recent ones because their stories are mostly still to be written. So, we shall take a trip down memory lane and see if you remember these stars of yesteryear. There is no order of merit, otherwise Shirley Temple would be [...]

BEST OF THE BEST – Pt1 – CARY GRANT

December 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

                              CARY GRANT  Here is a brief look at the very best movies from the very best actors and actresses (in my opinion). If you have never seen any or all of these movies, I sincerely suggest you should do so, if you get the chance. Just to amuse myself I have listed them in order of merit (my choices again) – with number one being the very best. I have [...]

BOYHOOD SCREEN CRUSHES

December 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

  There were five of us who hung around together in East Fremantle in the fifties. We weren’t a gang or anything like that. We just kicked a footy together in the park across the road, played cricket in Fremantle, bashed golf balls wherever we could, went to the movies once a week and prayed to meet a girl (any girl) who didn’t look at us like we were infectious bugs. Singer Dinah Shore [...]

BOYHOOD SCREEN HEROES

December 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

I was born in Fremantle, Western Australia in 1947, a ‘baby-boomer’ who grew up in that town during the fifties and sixties. My mates and I, like most young Aussie guys, attended the movies once a week (usually on a Friday night), followed by the footy or cricket or the beach on the weekend. When I say ‘footy’, I mean Australian Rules football, not soccer or rugby. We have a strange [...]

COREY FELDMAN – It’s time someone listened to him.

December 19, 2017 // 0 Comments

COREY FELDMAN  Former child star Corey Feldman appeared on the Dr. Oz show on American television in November 2017 and named eighties star John Grissom as one of the men who allegedly sexually molested him when he was a teenager. Another child star, the late Corey Haim, was also molested, he said. Feldman also revealed that he had gone to the Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) in 1993 and [...]

KEVIN SPACEY – The end of the line.

December 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

KEVIN SPACEY On the heels of the Harvey Weinstein scandal has come another one involving super-star Kevin Spacey. There have been rumours for years that Spacey was gay, but few outside the industry suspected he might be involved in lewd acts with under-age boys or prone to sexual harassment behaviour. Here are the accusations (thus far) that have effectively destroyed the actor’s career: [...]

TATUM O’NEAL – Victim & survivor.

December 15, 2017 // 4 Comments

Tatum O’Neal (1963 – ) After reading Tatum O’Neal’s 2004 autobiography titled A Paper Life, a curious thought came to me. If it had been, say, Darwin Porter who wrote her story, how much of it would be believed and how much would be attributed to his vivid imagination and his notorious reputation for muck-raking and embellishing the truth? Tatum’s story is an indictment of life [...]

The Spencer Tracy – Katharine Hepburn Romance – PT2.

December 13, 2017 // 2 Comments

Actor George O’Brien was Spencer Tracy’s friend, but even he was disgusted with his pal’s treatment of Kate Hepburn. She would help get him to his hotel room, bathe him, cook dinner for him and get him into his pajamas. ‘Sometimes the ungrateful bastard would kick her out of his bedroom and lock the door behind him. It was the sickest relationship I’d ever heard of’, said O’Brien. [...]
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