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.
Even though he earned an architectural degree at Princeton and was very intelligent, Jimmy Stewart’s favourite method of relaxation on the set was to read Flash Gordon comic books. Away from the set he was, according to legend, considerably more active. His name has been linked, in fact, over the years before his marriage to no fewer than 263 of Hollywood’s glamour girls. How [...]
Abbott & Costello in Buck Privates ( 1941 ) Bud Abbott ( 1895 – 1974 ) Lou Costello ( 1906 – 1959 ) Before running off to try his luck in Hollywood, Lou Costello was an amateur boxer in his home town of Paterson, New Jersey, fighting under a fake name so his mother would not find out. He won 32 consecutive victories before being knocked out one night. When Bud Abbott and [...]
Richard Harris’s violent temper and manic drinking bouts were legendary in Hollywood. In fact, it was generally accepted by most producers that the signing of the wild Irishman for any picture meant adding a further week onto the shooting schedule, simply to allow for days lost through his bingeing. Not that he was the worst offender in that regard. Richard Burton’s signing [...]
Throughout the entire two-month shoot of Fast Times at Ridgemont High in 1982, Sean Penn insisted on remaining in the Jeff Spicoli character on and off the set. He immersed himself in his character’s persona and refused to answer anyone unless they called him Jeff. Even his message bank was subject to the same conditions. One day, while sitting around waiting to shoot a scene, he [...]
It is hard to believe that the star of The Sound of Music will be eighty in October. Why do I suddenly feel very old? Even as a 10 year old she possessed ‘an enormous, belting, freak voice with a range of four octaves and some fierce high notes’. ‘Once, to the amazement of me and all the dogs in the area’, she proudly recalled, ‘I actually hit a C above Top C’. In fact, she was [...]
The abominable House of Wax (2005) was shot in Australia at Warner Bros Movie World on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Warners granted Paris permission to sell t-shirts that read: ‘On May 6th, watch Paris die’, (a mouth-watering thought if there ever was one). As most people would know she is an heiress to the Hilton Hotel fortune (worth $3.8 billion) and related to the [...]
Marilyn Monroe in the unfinished Something’s Got to Give ( 1962) Marilyn Monroe’s first appearance in a movie was in the 1948 picture Scudda Hoo! Scudda Hay! She uttered just two words, ‘Hi, Rad’, as she walked down some church steps behind eight year-old Natalie Wood. Two years earlier she had been told to change her name from Norma Jean Dougherty (her first husband [...]
Nineteen year-old Gene Tierney had made her screen debut in the 1940 western The Return of Frank James. Already a star on Broadway, she was nevertheless appalled by the high pitch of her voice when she first saw the rushes. Determined to lower the tone of her delivery, whatever the price, she took up cigarette-smoking solely for that purpose. Fifty years later, at the age of [...]
Johnny Depp’s screen debut was in A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984 when he played a guy that gets swallowed by his bed! Well, it happens. He only got the part because director Wes Craven’s teenage daughter and her friends were present for the readings and they all flipped over him, convincing Wes that the unknown young man had sex appeal. Most members of the female gender on planet [...]
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Harpo Marx (1888 – 1964) Chico Marx (1887 – 1961) Groucho Marx (1890 – 1977) Individually they were very funny. Collectively they were even funnier, whether on stage, on the screen, or in real life. When MGM summoned them to Hollywood to discuss a movie contract, the brothers tired of waiting for executive Irving Thalberg to arrive, so they stripped naked in his office and [...]