MOVIE TRIVIA – PT109.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT109.

February 28, 2019 Alan Royle 0

A scene from the 1952 feature Scaramouche Stewart Granger and Mel Ferrer fought a duel early in Scaramouche (1952), and part of the sequence required Granger to lie on the wooden floorboards as an iron chandelier dropped towards him. It was rigged to stop just inches from his face. The […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT6.

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT6.

February 26, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  MIDWAY (1976) World War Two – A blow by blow account of the crucial Battle of Midway in June 1942, between carrier-forces of the USA and the Empire of Japan. Historically, this is an accurate account of the most important naval confrontation of World War Two. It features an […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT108.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT108.

February 24, 2019 Alan Royle 0

Lulu sings ‘To Sir with Love’ in the movie (The Mindbenders in the background) Sidney Poitier as ‘Sir’ Columbia held To Sir with Love (1967) from release for over a year before finally deciding to open it in Westwood, California in the summer of 1967. It did so unexpectedly well […]

SATURDAY MORNING MATINEES 1950s

SATURDAY MORNING MATINEES 1950s

February 22, 2019 Alan Royle 13

Hoyts Theatre (later the Oriana) in Fremantle, Western Australia in the fifties I wonder if children today would enjoy Saturday morning matinees as much as we did back in the 1950s. Probably not, I suppose. Children’s tastes have become more sophisticated with electronic games and personal phones replacing the simple […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT5.

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT5.

February 20, 2019 Alan Royle 0

              An action still from The Last of the Mohicans (1992) LAST OF THE MOHICANS, THE (1992) French & Indian War (1754-63) – A love story set during a historically violent period of American frontier history. Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe play the lovers around whom the violent and treacherous […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT4.

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT4.

February 18, 2019 Alan Royle 2

    Gia Scala, James Darren, David Niven & Gregory Peck in The Guns of Navarone (1961) GUNS OF NAVARONE, THE (1961) World War Two – A mission to destroy a naval gun battery. There are a lot of things wrong with this movie but it is still entertaining enough. Gregory […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT107.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT107.

February 16, 2019 Alan Royle 3

  Early western star William S. Hart One of the earliest stars of the cinema was a strapping 6’2” former New Yorker who lived for a while during the 1880s in the wild Dakota Territory, a man named William S. Hart. He began studying acting in 1888 and, from 1907 […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT3.

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT3.

February 14, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    James Mason & Danielle Darrieux  5 FINGERS (1952) World War Two – Espionage in Ankara, Turkey Possibly my favourite espionage movie of all time, thanks to the superbly convincing portrayal of the spy by James Mason and the delightful performance from Danielle Darrieux as the Countess Staviska (a […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT2.

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT2.

February 12, 2019 Alan Royle 1

    Cate Blanchett in the title role CHARLOTTE GRAY (2001)            World War Two – Espionage in Nazi-occupied France Sebastian Faulks’ based his 1999 novel Charlotte Gray on the exploits of Nancy ‘the White Mouse’ Wake, the Allies’ most successful female agent operating behind Nazi lines during the war. Nancy […]