February 2018

Private Lives – Pt 1

February 27, 2018 // 4 Comments

  I shall soon be publishing the first of two books titled ‘The Many Loves Of…’ They will be collections of the private lives of all the female stars of movies since the beginning of silent movies until the seventies. Each entry will consist of a chronological run-down of the actress’s love-life (similar to the Drew Barrymore piece below). I have put the cut-off at 1970. Any actress [...]

Forties Movie Trivia – PT5.

February 25, 2018 // 4 Comments

Richard Jaeckel was a terrific character actor who racked up a total of 190 screen credits in his 51-year career. In 1943 he was a 17 year-old messenger boy at 20th Century Fox when he was cast as a US Marine private in his first picture Guadalcanal Diary. If you have ever wondered why it took so long to win the battle for ‘the Canal’, it might surprise you to learn that the actual island of [...]

Forties Movie Trivia – PT4

February 23, 2018 // 4 Comments

                                                                                                          the former SS. Normandie on her side in New York                                                                                                   When the French luxury liner Normandie [...]

Forties Movie Trivia – PT3

February 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Adolf Hitler banned Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator (1940) in Germany and in every country occupied by the Nazis, although he did smuggle in a copy through Portugal for himself. Hitler, incidentally, thought Chaplin was a Jew. It is said that he watched the picture twice but his reactions were not recorded. Chaplin was born on the 16th of April 1889 [...]

Forties Movie Trivia – PT2

February 19, 2018 // 4 Comments

If you have ever watched the Spencer Tracy/Robert Young film Northwest Passage (1940), you have more than likely wondered why the picture was given that title when at no time in the entire movie do they get anywhere even remotely near a ‘northwest passage’. In fact, it is never even mentioned. The answer is simple enough. This was supposed to be the first of two films, the second of which [...]

Forties Movie Trivia – PT1

February 17, 2018 // 2 Comments

It is generally conceded that Orson Welles’ 1941 classic Citizen Kane is loosely based on the career of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. What is not so generally known is that a sub-plot in which Susan Kane has an extra-marital affair was deleted late in the day by Welles himself. The affair was supposed to mirror the suspected affair of Hearst’s mistress Marion Davies with Charles [...]

‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World’ (1963)

February 15, 2018 // 11 Comments

Any pro golf enthusiast would more than likely assume that the 1963 comedy It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World was (at least partially) shot in Hawaii, in particular at the Waialae Country Club, yet that is not the case. The famous golf club sports a feature near the 7th hole that one would think is unique – four palm trees criss-crossing one another to form a ‘big W’. If you have seen the [...]

More Thirties Movie Trivia – PT6

February 13, 2018 // 6 Comments

Jon Hall in The Hurricane (1937) Director John Ford was convinced that no actor could effectively fake the pain experienced in a flogging, so the star of The Hurricane (1937), Jon Hall, volunteered to be whipped for real and was horse-whipped until his back bled! The censors, however, took one look at the footage and declared it to be too realistic and the entire sequence was cut from the film! [...]

More Thirties Movies Trivia – PT5.

February 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

               Flynn in The Charge of the Light Brigade                  Michael Curtiz                                          Lili Damita Errol Flynn and Hungarian-born director Michael Curtiz became bitter enemies while making The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), and little wonder. Curtiz employed the horrendous ‘running W’ method for bringing [...]

More Thirties Movie Trivia – PT4

February 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

        Wendy Hiller and Leslie Howard in Pygmalion (1938) The scene in both Pygmalion (1938) and My Fair Lady (1964) where Eliza accidentally swallows a marble during her elocution lessons was never part of George Bernard Shaw’s original story. In the 1938 film Wendy Hiller suddenly exhibited a pained expression while co-star Leslie Howard was popping marbles into her mouth. [...]
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