September 2018

THE ‘GOOD GAL’ ACTRESSES.

September 29, 2018 // 2 Comments

  Selecting the 20 actresses that I felt might be really likeable, decent people to get to know, proved to be far more difficult than choosing the men. Why? Because I had to differentiate between likeability and desirability, a problem that never reared its head with the men. Each time I selected an actress for the list I had to remind myself that this was not a list of screen goddesses, [...]

THE ‘GOOD GUY’ ACTORS

September 27, 2018 // 2 Comments

  Down the decades there have always been actors and actresses that have come across on the screen as genuinely nice people, the kind of men and women one would assume must be a really fine people to get to know away from the screen. Of course, looks can be deceiving. Some turned out to be the complete opposites of their screen image, but I am only concerned with on-screen personas for this [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT61.

September 25, 2018 // 6 Comments

Jane Wyman & Ronald Reagan Lew Ayres & Jane Wyman in Johnny Belinda (1948) Ronald Reagan married Jane Wyman in 1940, but by the time she made Johnny Belinda (1948) she wanted out. She was tired, she said, of her husband’s incessant talking, for one thing. Her unutterable boredom was palpable to everyone around them. When she started a love affair with her Johnny Belinda co-star Lew [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT60.

September 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Deanna Durbin Canadian-born Deanna Durbin was just 14 when Walt Disney tested her to be the voice of Snow White in his 1937 feature-length animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He chose not to use her because her voice sounded ‘too mature’. By 1943, at the age of twenty-one, she was the highest paid woman in the United States and the highest paid female star on the planet. She was [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT59.

September 21, 2018 // 5 Comments

Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men – ‘You can’t handle the truth!’ Jack Nicholson only appeared in four scenes in the 1992 courtroom drama A Few Good Men. One of those was the final, ‘You can’t handle the truth’, scene which ran for twenty-one minutes of screen time. He received five million dollars for the ten days he was required to perform. This was Aaron [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT58.

September 19, 2018 // 2 Comments

Donald Sutherland & Jane Fonda in Klute (1971) Jane Fonda hung out with prostitutes and pimps for a week as preparation for her role as the hooker Bree in Klute (1971). She also spent time at the local morgue and emerged visibly moved by what she saw there. She and co-star Donald Sutherland entered into a non-exclusive romantic relationship off-screen that lasted until June 1972. In fact, [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT57.

September 17, 2018 // 4 Comments

The Audie Murphy Memorial in Holtzwir, France To Hell and Back (1955) is a biopic about Audie L. Murphy, America’s most decorated soldier of World War Two. Thirty year-old Murphy plays himself. He dreaded re-enacting one particular scene in which his closest friend (Brandon) stands up while the company is advancing up a hill and is hit by a burst of machine gun fire. In real life he fell back [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT56.

September 15, 2018 // 4 Comments

In my movie collection is the 1992 Sean Connery-Lorraine Bracco film Medicine Man, one of those pictures that critics in their unchallenged wisdom chose to lambast from the moment it was released. As director John McTiernan said, ‘If the press hadn’t defined it as an action movie, it probably wouldn’t have been considered a disappointment.’ An astute assessment I believe. It was never [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT55.

September 13, 2018 // 2 Comments

Per Oscarsson as the priest in The Last Valley I have never fully comprehended why The Last Valley (1971) bombed at the box office and suffered at the hands of the critics. Perhaps, its negative approach to religion (both Catholic and Protestant) and its pointed abhorrence of every aspect of war annoyed those who tend to find pluses in both. Maybe, the Church exercised its considerable clout and [...]

THE HARVEY WEINSTEIN ACCUSATIONS

September 11, 2018 // 2 Comments

      Harvey Weinstein     According to Time Magazine in 2017, Harvey Weinstein’s net worth was estimated at between $240 and $300 million. In 2012 the magazine listed him as one of ‘The 100 Most Influential People in the World’. He was the recipient of an honorary CBE in the 2004 Queen’s Honours List for his services to the film industry. Eight years later he was awarded the French [...]
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