April 2018

LAUREN BACALL (1924-2014)

April 10, 2018 // 9 Comments

When lists of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses are drawn up the name of Lauren Bacall is often left out. There is no denying the fact that her beauty was even more transitory than most; her features seemingly hardening quite early in life, but in her prime ‘Betty’ Bacall was a sultry, sexy, green-eyed knockout. She began life in 1924 in The Bronx as Betty Joan Perske. Her alcoholic [...]

My 30 Favorite Movie Villains: PT1

April 8, 2018 // 6 Comments

  Here is part one of my list of the 30 performances by movie villains I have enjoyed the most down the decades. That does not mean I have chosen the scariest or even the best-acted roles; just the ones I have enjoyed watching the most. I have seen every one of these performances more than once (a few of them as many as 40 times). Villains, such as all the action hero nasties, do not get a [...]

‘GREASE’ (1978) – King of the high school musicals.

April 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Grease is one of the better teenage musicals, (many would argue it’s the best), if for no other reason than the leads are charismatic and can actually sing! I suppose to refer to it as a teenage musical is a bit of a liberty, given that only one of the ten actors and actresses portraying high school students was actually a teenager at the time (and even she was nineteen and barely scrambled [...]

SIXTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT1

April 4, 2018 // 6 Comments

The American backers for the projected James Bond film Dr No (1962) were unimpressed with Sean Connery’s test footage. Co-producer Cubby Broccoli sent a memo to his partner Harry Saltzman: ‘Feel we can do better.’ In fact, they could not do better at all. Cary Grant, James Mason, Michael Redgrave, David Niven and Rex Harrison were all established stars and were not about to handcuff [...]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT7.

April 2, 2018 // 6 Comments

        Martin Milner The brilliant film noir Sweet Smell of Success (1957) was to have starred Robert Vaughn in his breakout role, but the draft intervened and he was sent off to do national service. Martin Milner inherited the role of Steve Dallas in this superb classic and Vaughn had to bide his time a little longer until the part of Napoleon Solo (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) came along.   [...]
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