WAR MOVIES WORTH WATCHING – PT10.

WAR MOVIES WORTH WATCHING – PT10.

April 14, 2019 Alan Royle 2

  THE TRAIN (1964) – World War Two Paul Scofield & Burt Lancaster in The Train (1964) Like many WW2 movies, The Train is loosely based on an actual event. A few weeks before the liberation of Paris in 1944, the Germans decided to freight five boxcars of art treasures stolen from […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT120.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT120.

April 11, 2019 Alan Royle 4

  Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express (1974)                                                                                 […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT119.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT119.

April 8, 2019 Alan Royle 0

                                                                                                                                      Wendy Barrie as Jane Seymour in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) Whenever I see the Alexander Korda feature The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), the one in which Charles Laughton so memorably plays the title role, I find myself drawn to the actress playing Jane […]

THE BEST OSCAR YEARS – 1939 & 1950.

THE BEST OSCAR YEARS – 1939 & 1950.

April 5, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in GWTW (1939)         The Academy Awards is a competition, but it is one that has seldom been conducted on a level playing field. A winner one year may very well not even have been nominated in a stronger year. Historically, the two […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT118.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT118.

April 3, 2019 Alan Royle 0

Olivia with her Oscar for To Each His Own (1947) In August 1943, Olivia de Havilland filed a law suit against Warner Bros and was immediately suspended. When she won her suit in December 1944, via a unanimous decision, the studio promptly fired her. Because of the law suit and her […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT117.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT117.

April 1, 2019 Alan Royle 8

    (L to R) Barbara Parkins, Sharon Tate & Patty Duke                                 Jacqueline Susann based the book on which the 1967 film of the same title, Valley of the Dolls, on a number of people […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT9.

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT9.

March 30, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  36 HOURS (1964) – World War Two This is an intriguing black and white feature, a slice of Hollywood hokum, cleverly done and well-acted. The story, however, is as far-fetched as it can get. It stars three of my favourite actors – James Garner, Rod Taylor and Eva Marie […]

THE POVERTY ROW STUDIOS – their rise and fall.

THE POVERTY ROW STUDIOS – their rise and fall.

March 28, 2019 Alan Royle 2

The ‘Big Five’ major studios Up until the time the first crack in the system appeared in 1948, the movie business was controlled by the ‘Big Five’ major studios – MGM, Paramount, Warner Bros, RKO and Fox – and to a far lesser extent by the ‘Little Three’ majors – […]

MEETING SARA SHANE/ELAINE HOLLINGSWORTH.

MEETING SARA SHANE/ELAINE HOLLINGSWORTH.

March 26, 2019 Alan Royle 6

    Sara Shane & Gordon Scott in Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure (1959) A year or so ago I had the great pleasure and honour to spend five days chatting with a lady named Elaine Hollingsworth, a former Universal actress who performed under the name of Sara Shane in the 1950s on […]

THE MAKING OF ‘SPARTACUS’ (1960).

THE MAKING OF ‘SPARTACUS’ (1960).

March 24, 2019 Alan Royle 7

  There were three Servile Wars in B.C. Italy; the one involving escaped slave/gladiator Spartacus being the last of them. It ended with a final battle in 71 BC. Stanley Kubrick replaced Anthony Mann as director of Spartacus (1960), after Mann and the star, Kirk Douglas, repeatedly clashed. Douglas and […]