Movies

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 21.

June 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

                           the incomparable Ava                                    with boyfriend Peter Lawford Ava Gardner’s very physical affair with the bisexual Peter Lawford ended, or so he later said, the evening he bid her goodnight after several hours of spirited bedroom frolicking, only to bump into singer Mel Torme on his way into her apartment for a [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 20.

June 9, 2018 // 2 Comments

                           Orson Welles circa 1938 The Night That Panicked America (1975) was a tele-movie about the legendary 1938 radio broadcast by Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre group, of a version of The War of the Worlds, that ‘millions of Americans, supposedly, took seriously’, believing the USA was under attack by aliens. The truth of the matter is much different, [...]

FAMOUS UNSCRIPTED LINES AND SCENES

June 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

     The Jazz Singer (1927) Al Jolson (Jakie Rabinowitz): ‘Wait a minute! Wait a minute! You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!’ (Almost as if it was an omen for the future, the first words spoken by Jolson in the first ever ‘talkie’ were completely ad-libbed.)      Casablanca (1942) Humphrey Bogart (Rick Blaine): ‘Here’s looking at you, kid.’ (This line was never scripted. Bogart [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 19.

June 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

    Linda Darnell as Amber                                 Peggy Cummins as Amber Forever Amber cost $5 million to make in 1947 and became the highest grossing picture of the year, despite being initially condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency (CLOD). At first, 20th Century Fox refused to conform to the alterations insisted on by the legion, but when the actual boycotts [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 18

June 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

     In Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) there is a hair-raising scene in which a P-40 (pilotless) is seen taxiing down a runway, starting to lift off, and then careering into a row of parked aircraft and exploding. The P-40, which was about to crash into a group of stationery aircraft designated for another sequence, had to be detonated prematurely and that created a very dangerous situation. Stunt [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 17.

June 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

                  Peter Lawford Frank Sinatra wrongfully blamed his actor buddy Peter Lawford for President Kennedy cancelling plans to stay at the crooner’s Palm Springs retreat in 1962. In reality it was Bobby Kennedy who insisted his brother cut his ties with Sinatra because of the singer’s mob connections. However, no-one could convince Frank of this and he shut Lawford out of [...]

‘THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER’ – Spot the stars.

May 30, 2018 // 4 Comments

  I recently saw an old 1944 melodrama called The White Cliffs of Dover on Foxtel and it turned out to be one of those ‘spot the star’ fests that we come across from time to time. I did not think much of the movie per se; it was a real tear-jerking, flag-waving propaganda exercise as one might expect, given that it was shot in 1943. Nor was it helped by Irene Dunne’s sappy narrative. To me [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 16.

May 28, 2018 // 8 Comments

                                                                                                  Al Mulock in The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (1966) The name Al Mulock probably does not ring any bells even for fans of spaghetti westerns, but he was the actor who played the one-armed man killed by Eli Wallach’s character Tuco in The Good, the [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 15.

May 26, 2018 // 2 Comments

       Paul Thomas (L) Little known actor Paul Thomas was cast as Saint Peter in the 1973 screen version of Jesus Christ Superstar. It was one of his very few mainstream performances. In the porn film industry, however, he was legendary, having starred in hundreds of sex films and for directing 450 more! In 1982 he was caught smuggling cocaine into the USA from South America and did a [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 14.

May 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

      Ben Fisz Former Polish World War Two fighter pilot Ben Fisz discovered a book called ‘Skis Against the Atom’ in a London public library and convinced himself it would make a terrific movie. He quietly purchased the film rights from the author, then hired a writer to work up a screen treatment. The day the typescript was delivered, he learned that a new book on the same topic was [...]
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