Did You Know?
(MOVIE TRIVIA AND STORIES OLD AND NEW)
One thing there is no shortage of in Hollywood, (or in the movies in general), is information about the making of the films and of the people who appear in them. This section of our site will be devoted to snippets of interesting items pertaining to the cinema and all those people who contribute to the production of the entertainment we see on our screens. Enjoy.
The victim – 1968 – Los Angeles, California Ramon Novarro (69) Novarro as Ben-Hur in later years Ramon Novarro was a matinee idol of the silent era who once played the title role in the 1925 version of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. At his peak he was raking in $10,000 a week, an enormous sum for 1925. He was still landing small roles in [...]
The victim – 1959 – Beverly Hills, California George Reeves (45) The corpse of George Reeves, television’s Superman, was found naked in his bedroom at 1.59am by his party guests who then waited 45 minutes before calling police. Why the delay? And why would George get completely undressed when he was about to blow his brains out? Suicides rarely get naked, [...]
There has been a number of mysterious deaths in Hollywood and the movie (and TV )business over the past hundred or so years. Over the next week or so I shall briefly look at the most interesting of these. Of course, on the Internet there is no end of gory photographs of the victims and crime scenes, but I have no intention of including any of those pictures [...]
I have written nine books on Hollywood, mostly on the stars of the so-called ‘Golden Era’, and have reached the slightly disillusioning understanding that most of my readers, (not all I hasten to add), are far more interested in the scandal and gossip than about any of the genuinely decent, unsullied stories. And that is very much a human trait I guess, particularly in an industry [...]
1978 Burt Reynolds 1979 Burt Reynolds 1980 Burt Reynolds 1981 Burt Reynolds 1982 Burt Reynolds We often tend to forget just how popular Burt Reynolds was. Only Bing Crosby and he have topped Quigley five years in succession! The most astonishing thing about Burt’s achievements is that, on scanning his movies over those years, [...]
1944 Bing Crosby 1945 Bing Crosby 1946 Bing Crosby 1947 Bing Crosby 1948 Bing Crosby For five straight years Bing Crosby swept all before him. And I still don’t understand why he was so popular. He had a pleasant voice, but his personality grated on me something chronic. I realize that Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. [...]
The Quigley Publications Poll determined the top box-office stars each year. Here are the winners for each year from 1915 until 2013 – Part 1 (1915-43). 1915 William S. Hart 1916 William S. Hart Hart hailed from New York where he became famous for his 1899 portrayal of Messala in ‘Ben-Hur, but it was his movies as a western hero that won him the first [...]
Australian-born director John Farrow was Mia’s father. He rarely cast a female extra whom he had not already bedded or was about to. In Mia’s autobiography she mentions knowing about her father’s affair with Ava Gardner from an early age. The two became involved while making the 1953 film Ride, Vaquero! Her mother, actress Maureen O’Sullivan, also knew and promptly moved him into a [...]
The stunning American actress Grace Kelly only made eleven movies in her brief but spectacular career. By most accounts she made hay with most of her leading men while the sun shone. But not all of them. Her supporters argue that she was basically seeking a father substitute to compensate for her own father’s aloofness, that she was neither promiscuous in the true sense, nor [...]
Like a great many actors, Jack Nicholson spent the first decade or so of his professional life in the wilderness, waiting for calls to work that did not come. When fame eventually found him, more or less overnight, he did what scores of stars had done before him. He clung tenaciously to his good fortune, afraid that it all might vanish just as quickly. Jack was born in April 1937, so he is [...]