November 2018

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES PT4

November 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Alan Arkin as Lester Siegel  in Argo (2012)                                  Argo is an entertaining film but should it have won the Best Picture Oscar? It followed the ‘cliff-hanger’ formula right down the line which was hardly anything new. Be that as it may, Alan Arkin is terrific as Lester Siegel, a composite character he said was mostly based on studio head Jack [...]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES PT3

November 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

  CELESTE HOLM as Liz Imbrie with Frank Sinatra  in High Society (1956)   Celeste and husband Frank Basile Although Celeste Holm appeared in some wonderful movies, even winning a Supporting Actress Oscar for Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), she much preferred stage work and returned there at every opportunity. Indeed, it was she who originated the role of boy-crazy Ado Annie in the Broadway [...]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT2

November 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

MICHAEL CAINE as Peachy Carnehan in THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING (1975) and SEAN CONNERY as Daniel Dravot Michael Caine and Sean Connery were the fifth intended pairing for Rudyard Kipling’s terrific The Man Who Would be King to be transferred to the screen. In the fifties it was to be Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart; then as a vehicle for Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas; then for Richard Burton [...]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT1

November 8, 2018 // 2 Comments

  Every once in a while a picture or a performance comes along that seems to possess a bit of movie magic. Usually it is through a combination of things; an above average screenplay boasting memorable one-liners, a particularly charismatic star in just the right setting to suit his or her most appealing characteristics and, more often than not, a musical score that is perfect for the story [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT79.

November 6, 2018 // 2 Comments

Michael Caine in Play Dirty (1969) Play Dirty (1969) is a rather lack-lustre WW2 action film starring Michael Caine and a couple of ‘Nigels’ (Davenport & Green). It was filmed on location outside the southern Spanish town of Almeria, a region that became synonymous with spaghetti westerns after Sergio Leone shot The Good, the Bad & the Ugly there in 1966. One day the Play Dirty [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT78.

November 4, 2018 // 4 Comments

Irving ‘Swifty’ Lazar Irving ‘Swifty’ Lazar has been described by many, and with good cause, as one of the greatest agents of all time. Standing just over five feet tall, this pocket dynamo acquired his famous nickname when, in accordance with a bet they had, he successfully completed three deals for Humphrey Bogart on the same day. Other clients of his included Noel Coward, [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT77.

November 2, 2018 // 6 Comments

Ali MacGraw & Robert Evans Robert Evans bought the rights to the novel The Great Gatsby in 1971, his intention being to have his wife Ali MacGraw play Daisy. A shooting script was not quite ready yet, so Ali went off to star in The Getaway (1972) opposite Steve McQueen who was recently separated and free. Whilst making that picture the two co-stars fell in love and she left Evans for McQueen [...]