Child stars of bygone days – PT2.

December 29, 2017 Alan Royle 2

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 […]

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Child Stars of Bygone Days – PT1

December 27, 2017 Alan Royle 0

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 […]

BOYHOOD SCREEN CRUSHES

December 23, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  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 […]

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BOYHOOD SCREEN HEROES

December 21, 2017 Alan Royle 0

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 […]

KEVIN SPACEY – The end of the line.

December 17, 2017 Alan Royle 0

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. […]

TATUM O’NEAL – Victim & survivor.

December 15, 2017 Alan Royle 4

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 […]