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The ‘CARRY ON’ Pictures Pt 2.

June 30, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  CARRY ON COWBOY (1965)   Margaret Nolan in Carry on Cowboy Voluptuous Margaret Nolan makes the first of her six ‘Carry On’ films here playing Miss Jones. Not only was she beautiful, but she also showed a genuine flair for comedy. James Bond fans will recall her as Dink in […]

The ‘CARRY ON’ pictures – Pt 1.

June 28, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  There were 31 ‘Carry On’ pictures all told. The first, Carry on Sergeant, reared its substandard head in 1958 and made money. The last, Carry on Columbus, was screened in 1992. They were all low budget servings of British music hall humour consisting of sexist jokes, remarks and plots, […]

‘PSYCHO’ (1960) – Hitchcock’s masterpiece.

June 18, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  Paramount did not think much of the source material for this picture. But Alfred Hitchcock did. Recognizing its potential, he anonymously purchased the screen rights to Robert Bloch’s novel for a paltry $9,000, then went around buying up as many copies as he could find, just to keep the […]

The making of ‘Love Me Tender’ (1956)

June 16, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  I was ten years old when my grandparents took me to see Elvis Presley’s first picture, Love Me Tender. I think they were curious to see what all the fuss was about. I had been reading history books for a few years by then, mostly books about wars and […]

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‘MACBETH’ (1971) – Polanski’s take on The Bard

June 12, 2017 Alan Royle 1

   Roman Polanski and writer Kenneth Tynan shared similar views on what this production of Shakespeare’s play should look like. They intended to have Lady Macbeth do the sleepwalk scene stark naked; they wanted to depict death more realistically and they wished to inject a lot more violence than was […]

The Making of ‘Superman the Movie’ (1978)

June 10, 2017 Alan Royle 1

   James Caan was offered $4 million to play the title role in Superman but he refused it. Marlon Brando rang him and asked, ‘What’s the matter? Isn’t the money enough?’ Caan replied: ‘The money’s incredible…but you don’t have to wear the suit.’ Robert Redford and Clint Eastwood were also […]