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.
Scarlett O’Hara and Tara in Gone with the Wind (1939) In 1935, David O. Selznick purchased the old Thomas Ince Studio near MGM for his own independent productions, one of which was 1939’s Gone with the Wind. When he needed to film the burning of Atlanta for GWTW, he set fire to all the old sets from King Kong, The Last of the Mohicans and Little Lord Fauntleroy. Not [...]
Ann Sheridan Errol Flynn’s old buddy from his early days in New Guinea, the fortyish Dr Gerrit Koets, a Dutch adventurer, made a surprise visit to Hollywood after Errol had hit it big in the movies. Flynn put him up at his home and invited his old friend to his first celebrity party. It was always an understood thing that nobody requested or signed autographs at such gatherings, but [...]
Ellen Barkin as Helen Cruger in Sea of Love (1989) Ellen & her husband Gabriel Byrne Ellen Barkin said in an interview that Sea of Love (1989) was not her best work, an observation that movie-goers would probably not agree with, especially those of the male gender. Most men would describe her performance as one of the sexiest ever put on celluloid and the picture certainly made her a [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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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 [...]