Articles by Alan Royle

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT8.

May 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

    Burt Reynolds & Sally Field in Smokey & the Bandit (1977) Burt Reynolds had been smitten with Sally Field for some time, ever since he saw her debut in Gidget on TV in 1965, and wanted her for the role of Carrie in Smokey and the Bandit (1977). She had recently completed the rather dark Sybil (1976) and was in search of a lighter, fun vehicle, so she accepted the role. She and [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT7.

May 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

                                                                              Cindy Morgan                                           Brian Doyle-Murray    Twenty-five year old Cindy Morgan’s first film role was playing ‘Lacey Underall’ in the 1980 comedy Caddyshack. She initially refused to do the topless scene, but sleazy [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT6

May 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Ava Gardner in 55 Days at Peking (1963) Ava Gardner had a long-running nervous breakdown during the making of 55 Days at Peking (1963). She was drunk on several days, continually demanded rewrites, and was extremely difficult to deal with. Charlton Heston stated that her character, Baroness Natalie Ivanoff, was killed off so that the producers and director did not have to put up with her [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT5

May 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

   Lee Marvin (L), John Wayne (C) & James Stewart When we watch the John Ford 1962 western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, there is a certain irony in the casting. Jimmy Stewart was a genuine World War Two USAAF hero, yet he plays a bookish weakling opposed to violence right down the line. John Wayne spent the entire war avoiding the draft and keeping out of the conflict altogether, yet [...]

Movie Trivia – PT4.

May 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

                         Laurence Olivier as Crassus in Spartacus (1960) In the 1960 Stanley Kubrick film Spartacus, the role of the Roman general Marcus Licinius Crassus was played by Laurence Olivier. The real Crassus was a most interesting individual. He acquired the title of the richest man in Rome through often nefarious means. His ownership of Rome’s fire service, for [...]

Movie Trivia – PT3

May 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Capucine as Angel in North to Alaska (1960) Richard Fleischer was all set to direct North to Alaska (1960) but thought Capucine was all wrong as the prostitute. In his opinion she was ‘not classy enough and not sexy enough’. He was unaware that she just happened to be producer Charles Feldman’s mistress at the time and that he had already promised the role to her. So Capucine stayed and [...]

More Movie Trivia – PT2.

April 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

Clooney in Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988) It is hard to believe that George Clooney was so desperate to acquire for himself a movie career that, in 1988, he agreed to make the pathetic Return of the Killer Tomatoes! Even harder to believe is the fact that he was already by then an established television star via his character in the hot series E. R. His entire contribution to the film was [...]

More Movie Trivia

April 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

   Clara Bow Silent star Clara Bow’s 1926 contract with Paramount guaranteed her a bonus of $500,000, a staggering amount of money at the time, if she could manage to stay ‘scandal-free’ for its tenure. She never even came close to collecting. Oddly enough, given her tawdry reputation, Clara had written into that same contract that no workmen or technicians were to use profane language to [...]

SIXTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT4.

April 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

     Joan Collins & Bing Crosby Rumours abounded that Joan Collins was having an affair with Bing Crosby during the making of Road to Hong Kong (1962). Nothing could have been further from the truth. She found him disgusting, particularly his pipe-smoker’s habit of clearing his throat by spitting globules of phlegm onto the studio floor! His breath was rancid and she had to endure his [...]

SIXTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT3.

April 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

             Stunning Gladys circa WW1                with Wilfrid Hyde White in My Fair Lady (1964) The former World War One British pin-up girl Gladys Cooper was perfectly cast as Henry Higgins’ mother in the 1964 musical My Fair Lady. A class act all her life, Gladys’s final words on her deathbed were typical of her British upper class stoicism. ‘If this is what virus [...]
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