MOVIE TRIVIA – PT98.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT98.

January 7, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    They certainly made movies differently back in the forties. In one of the final scenes in The Stranger (1946), Orson Welles’ character is seen rescuing the female lead played by Loretta Young, who is hanging above the church floor as he drags her to safety. In reality, Loretta […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT97.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT97.

January 5, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  Peggy Shannon (1907-41) Peggy Shannon, a beautiful 16 year-old redhead, visited her aunt in New York City in 1923 and was ‘discovered’ by Broadway hot-shot Flo Ziegfeld who rushed her into his Follies chorus line. She married an actor in 1926 and starred in a couple of Broadway shows […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT96

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT96

January 3, 2019 Alan Royle 2

  Florence Lawrence – the first ever movie star Florence Lawrence was born in Canada in 1886 and started her stage career as ‘Baby Florence the Kid Wonder’. She made her first movie The Automobile Thieves (1906) and soon became known as ‘The Vitagraph Girl’. Then Biograph started putting her […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT95

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT95

January 1, 2019 Alan Royle 2

Roscoe Arbuckle Back in 1921-22, funny man Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle was justly found innocent of causing the death of a young woman named Virginia Rappe, but it took three farcical trials to arrive at that decision. In truth, he should never have been charged with anything, much less have to […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT94

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT94

December 30, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Marie Prevost (1898-1937) Marie Prevost was another of Hollywood’s sad stories. Born Mary Dunn in Ontario in 1898, she found her way to Hollywood in her teens and became one of Mack Sennett’s Bathing Beauties. By 1921, however, Irving Thalberg had signed her to an acting contract at Universal. Not […]

20 ACTORS/PERFORMANCES I LEAST ENJOY WATCHING

20 ACTORS/PERFORMANCES I LEAST ENJOY WATCHING

December 28, 2018 Alan Royle 5

  Down the decades I have developed a powerful dislike for certain actors and/or individual performances, players or portrayals that I felt detracted from some really good movies (and a few bad ones). So, I wrote out a list of the really irksome players (or moments) in all the films […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT93.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT93.

December 26, 2018 Alan Royle 0

    Barbara Hale, William Hopper & Raymond Burr in Perry Mason        Fans of the Perry Mason TV series will no doubt remember William Hopper, son of gossip columnist Hedda, who played Perry’s assistant Paul Drake. During World War Two he served as a frogman with the US […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT92.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT92.

December 24, 2018 Alan Royle 2

The lovely May Wynn in The Caine Mutiny (1954) May at home with husband Jack Kelly Donna Lee Hickey was born in New York City in 1928. When she won the role of May Wynn in the 1954 classic The Caine Mutiny, she decided to change her acting name to that of […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT91.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT91.

December 20, 2018 Alan Royle 2

  L to R – James Darren, Greg Peck, David Niven & Anthony Quinn in The Guns of Navarone (1961) The problem with the WW2 action flick The Guns of Navarone (1961) should be immediately apparent to just about everyone. Of the six commandos sent to disable the mighty guns of the […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT90.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT90.

December 18, 2018 Alan Royle 4

      Laird Cregar                  The story of Laird Cregar was another of Hollywood’s tragic tales. Because of his enormous, bulky figure and somewhat sinister-looking eyes, he was forever being cast as the villain in his films, and it began to get to […]