MOVIE TRIVIA – PT115.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT115.

March 20, 2019 Alan Royle 2

  The Blue Bird (1940) was 20th Century Fox’s intended answer to The Wizard of Oz (1939). It starred 12 year-old Shirley Temple, yet it flopped dismally. Audiences were not willing to accept her in a ‘not too nice’ role. Consequently, it became the picture that ended her remarkable run […]

A COUPLE OF HITCHCOCK ‘DUDS’.

A COUPLE OF HITCHCOCK ‘DUDS’.

March 18, 2019 Alan Royle 4

            Rod Taylor & Tippi Hedren in The Birds (1963) One day, before I die, I would like someone to explain to me just why Alfred Hitchcock’s pitifully weak 1963 ‘thriller’, The Birds, is considered to be a classic by so many so-called cinema experts. The […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT114.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT114.

March 16, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  Anne Heche & Harrison Ford in Six Days, Seven Nights (1998) Anne & Ellen on the red carpet 1997 Six Days, Seven Nights (1998) was mercilessly panned by the critics after its release. Personally, I quite liked it, primarily because of Anne Heche’s thoroughly enjoyable performance. Harrison Ford chose the […]

WAR MOVIES WORTH WATCHING – PT8.

WAR MOVIES WORTH WATCHING – PT8.

March 14, 2019 Alan Royle 2

               SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998) – World War Two War movies took on a whole new realistic look with Steven Spielberg’s extraordinary World War Two feature Saving Private Ryan (1998). The opening 30 minutes or so was, quite possibly, the most harrowing footage in the history of mainline cinema […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT113.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT113.

March 12, 2019 Alan Royle 0

The war in Europe was underway in 1940 and causing the loss of the European market. President Roosevelt’s ‘Good Neighbour Policy’ of fostering friendship towards Latin American countries inspired Darryl F. Zanuck at 20th Century Fox to look towards Mexico and South America as alternative markets for his studio’s films. […]

WAR MOVIES WORTH WATCHING – PT7.

WAR MOVIES WORTH WATCHING – PT7.

March 10, 2019 Alan Royle 0

Cliff Robertson as Commander Kennedy in PT 109 (1963) PT Commander John F Kennedy during the war PT 109 (1963) President John F Kennedy was asked who he would like to see portray him in this film about his wartime exploits. He chose Cliff Robertson who duly landed the role. Interestingly, […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT112

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT112

March 8, 2019 Alan Royle 0

David Janssen – Gable’s illegitimate son? Clark Gable Berniece Dalton Janssen was Miss Nebraska of 1928 and one of the Ziegfeld Follies girls of 1930. A year later, the 21 year-old gave birth to a son who became actor David Janssen, star of the TV series The Fugitive in the […]

STEINER OR BARRY?

STEINER OR BARRY?

March 6, 2019 Alan Royle 2

    Max Steiner in 1942 When it comes to determining who was ‘King of the Movie Score’, buffs would probably fall into one of two groups depending on age. Those born pre-World War Two would more than likely vote for Max Steiner. Those born after the war would possibly […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT111.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT111.

March 4, 2019 Alan Royle 2

     Marc Lawrence as Vinnie ‘The Cannon’ DiMotti in The Big Easy (1986) Jeff Corey in Little Big Man (1970) Anne Revere in National Velvet (1944) Character actor Marc Lawrence appeared in over 200 films and TV shows during his long career. Avid fans, especially of gangster films, would instantly recognise his face, although […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT110.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT110.

March 2, 2019 Alan Royle 2

Doris Day at the peak of her beauty and talent The real Ruth Etting with her ‘benefactor’ Martin Snyder Love Me or Leave Me (1955) is one of the very best musical biopics ever made, thanks to superb performances from Doris Day and James Cagney, coupled with Daniel Fuchs’ Oscar-winning […]