Movies

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT46.

August 18, 2018 // 1 Comment

Leo McKern as Rumpole of the Bailey The Australian actor Leo McKern, best known for his portrayal of the title character in the TV series Rumpole of the Bailey, once unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of ‘Pockets’ in Hatari (1962), the part eventually going to American actor Red Buttons. McKern always claimed that he missed out on the role because he was not impressed with director [...]

‘MY DARLING CLEMENTINE’ (1946) – So much for historical accuracy’.

August 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Most movies that purport to be ‘based on a true story’ invariably employ a certain degree of dramatic license; hardly surprising when we accept the inevitable difficulties encountered condensing a story that may have evolved over decades into 90-120 minutes of screen time. Such license is the nature of the beast. What I cannot abide, as a historian, is when simple historical facts are ignored [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT45.

August 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

   James Dean & Paul Newman screen testing                                          Dean with girlfriend Pier Angeli Paul Newman was a finalist for the Cal Trask role in East of Eden (1955), but it ended up going to James Dean. When Dean turned down the part of Basil the sculptor in The Silver Chalice, Newman quickly (but unwisely) accepted it. It was a terrible part in [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT44.

August 12, 2018 // 2 Comments

   Grace & Prince Rainier For a while it appeared that 1977’s The Turning Point might see Princess Grace of Monaco come out of retirement to star as the ballet dancer who opts for marriage over career. She was on the Board of Directors at 20th Century Fox at that time and fell in love with the script the moment she read it. When she showed it to her husband Prince Rainier, however, he [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT43

August 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

Fairbanks and his famous sail stunt in The Black Pirate The 1926 silent feature The Black Pirate starred Douglas Fairbanks in arguably his most famous role. It certainly contained his most memorable stunt, one that saw him slide down the mainsail using his rapier to slow his descent! In 1952 Errol Flynn was asked to perform the same stunt in Against All Flags, but he wisely handed the task to a [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT42.

August 8, 2018 // 2 Comments

      Katz’s today                                                                     Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally…                           a daily occurrence Katz’s Delicatessen in Manhattan’s Lower East Side was established in 1888. It gained worldwide fame in 1989’s popular feature, When Harry Met [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT41

August 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

      Ann as Becky Thatcher                                             Ann with Alan Gifford in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey                Ann Gillis played Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938). Director Norman Taurog gave the 10 year-old no direction, whatsoever, not even when she was required to be hysterical in one scene. The [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT40

August 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

John Travolta & Kelly Preston Argument has always surrounded John Travolta’s sexuality. William Franks was a former chairman of the board in the Church of Scientology. He recalled how Travolta desperately wanted to get out of the church but was afraid that, should he attempt to do so, details of his sex life would be made public. Franks had this to say about the situation. ‘He felt pretty [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT39.

August 2, 2018 // 4 Comments

                  John Wayne accepts Gary Cooper’s Oscar for High Noon John Wayne and Ward Bond, two staunch supporters of the Senator McCarthy witch-hunts of the late forties and early fifties, were incensed over Carl Foreman’s screenplay for High Noon (1952), which they knew was a thinly disguised allegory for the HUAC persecutions. Both actors actually ordered Gary Cooper to [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT38.

July 31, 2018 // 2 Comments

     Greg Bautzer & Joan Crawford at the Stork Club                                          Bautzer and his wife Dana Wynter The Hollywood playboy attorney Greg Bautzer spoke from experience when he said of Joan Crawford that, ‘a night with Joan was better than a year with ten others.’ They dated intermittently over 10 years and both of them enjoyed rough sex, [...]
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