Movies

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT51.

September 3, 2018 // 2 Comments

Bruce Willis                                                   Alan Rickman Alexander Godunov In the 1988 thriller Die Hard, the action takes place in the fictional building known as Nakatomi Plaza. Produced by 20th Century Fox, the building chosen to represent Nakatomi Plaza was none other than the Fox Plaza in Century City, Los Angeles; headquarters of the studio. It [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT50.

September 1, 2018 // 6 Comments

Several scenes in the 1952 film The Sound Barrier required stars Nigel Patrick and Ann Todd to be seated in one of the new de Havilland Comets. They were blissfully unaware that in just two years’ time two de Havilland Comets would break up in mid-air, killing everyone on board both flights. It took several years for experts to work out what had happened. In those days black box flight [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT49.

August 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

  Many of the characters in Singin’ in the Rain (1952) are based on real people in Hollywood history. R.F. Simpson, the studio head, is a parody of L. B. Mayer; director Roscoe Dexter is a thinly disguised Erich von Stroheim; Dora Bailey is obviously a caricature of Louella Parsons; Olga, the vamp at the premiere, is a mixture of Pola Negri and Gloria Swanson; Zelda Zanders the ‘Zip [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT48.

August 28, 2018 // 6 Comments

Linda & Tom Jones Director Tim Burton went backstage after one of Tom Jones’ Vegas performances and asked the Welsh Wailer if he would like to be in his movie Mars Attacks! (1996). Tom and his three back-up singers at that time, Darelle Porter Holden, Christi Black and Sharon Hendrix, all made it into the picture. Tom’s manager once revealed in an interview, much to the displeasure of the [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT47.

August 20, 2018 // 2 Comments

    Hugh Glass Man in the Wilderness (1971) is often mistakenly thought to be a sequel to the 1970 film A Man Called Horse, presumably because Richard Harris stars in both pictures, but Harris plays two entirely different characters in each picture. The 1971 film is based on a true story about a trapper named Hugh Glass who, in 1823, really did set his own broken leg and then crawl 200 miles [...]

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 // 7 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 [...]
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