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(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.

Stanwyck & Taylor – a Lavender Marriage?

July 6, 2015 // 29 Comments

When it came to questions about her sexuality, Barbara Stanwyck was the old studio days’ equivalent of today’s Tom Cruise. Any mention of her sexual preferences would immediately bring forth veiled threats of litigation should the subject be pursued. Cruise does the same thing today. Mention his name in connection with homosexuality or bisexuality and he will threaten to sue. I recently read [...]

‘America’s Sweethearts’ – or were they?

July 2, 2015 // 8 Comments

  Biographers have tried for years to figure out the relationship between singers Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald. Most have given up. On the one hand we have Eddy, lifelong ‘sissy’, tied to his mother’s apron-strings, a bisexual man who definitely preferred male lovers to female ones, but who seemed to (from time to time) fall head over heels for MacDonald. Jeanette MacDonald, by [...]

LORETTA YOUNG – A good Catholic girl?

June 28, 2015 // 2 Comments

  If Olympic medals were given out for hypocrisy, Loretta Young (1913 – 2000) would have won gold many times over. The studio blurb described her thus: ‘Her true beauty lies in her dedication to her family and her faith.’ About the only truthful word in that whole line would be the word ‘lies’. Loretta attended church religiously (no pun intended), outwardly a Catholic the good [...]

GARY COOPER – The ultimate movie star.

June 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

  He was born Frank Cooper in Helena, Montana, but his agent was born in Gary, Indiana, so his hometown was chosen for Coops’ Christian name. After all, the name Gary Cooper had a certain masculinity that Helena Cooper seemed to lack. A car accident in his youth broke Coop’s hip and left him with a permanent limp. This, plus his deafness in one ear, kept the gangling star out of WW2. [...]

TV RATINGS SINCE 1950 – How tastes have changed.

June 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Below is a list of the top-rated programs since the 1950-51 season, according to Nielsen Media Research. Having inhabited this planet since 1947, I can recall most of these shows, although I must admit that I lost interest in TV when that horrible reality rubbish began to dominate everything. For the life of me I still cannot see why anyone would want to watch fellow beings having [...]

STEWART GRANGER – A man’s man – mostly.

June 7, 2015 // 2 Comments

  It is difficult not to admire English actor Stewart Granger. In an era that spawned a generation of actors and actresses ready and willing to do and say whatever their studios demanded of them, and equally unwilling to cross powerful gossip columnists like Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons for fear of risking their careers, he stood out as a man among men. I imagine, like all the others, he [...]

The Best Ever Child Movie Stars ( Pt 2 )

May 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Here are my top 10 (top 11 actually, since I had a dead-heat at number 6)   10        DREW BARRYMORE that brilliant moment in ET Yet another Californian, this time from Culver City, where she was born in 1975. Drew stormed into cinema fame at the tender age of 7 when she played Gertie in Spielberg’s ET – The Extra-terrestrial. Since then she has established herself as a [...]

The Best Ever Child Movie Stars? ( Pt 1 )

May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Like most things, I guess, this is very much an ‘in the eye of the beholder’ list, but I have given it a lot of thought and looked back as far as the silent era to compile the 20 best child actors (in my opinion). Well, 21 actually, given I could not separate Kurt Russell and Christian Bale in 20th spot, and my reluctancy to leave either guy out. These are all [...]

Australia’s Best?

May 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

  My previous post dealt with Australian actors who have achieved international recognition. There were a lot of fine performers on the list, but two of them (one male, one female) have already enjoyed exceptional careers, and seem set to go from strength to strength for many years to come. They are such outstanding professionals that I thought they should have a separate posting all to [...]
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