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‘TITANIC’ (1997) – some observations.

May 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

  As a spectacle Titanic, the 1997 version, is a marvel. We are given front row seats to one of the most tragic, yet awesome, events in history. We even see the mighty ship sailing along in broad daylight in all its pristine beauty. And in living color too. I love movies for that very thing. They provide us with a window into the past, a chance to see what life was really like in bygone [...]

Audie Murphy – my boyhood hero.

May 19, 2017 // 4 Comments

  AUDIE MURPHY (1924 – 71)                     1094 Audie Murphy’s World War Two combat record is well-known to his fans, indeed to history. Enough to say that he was America’s most highly decorated soldier of the entire conflict and a worthy Medal of Honor winner. Not a bad effort when we consider he was rejected by both the Navy and the Marines before being [...]

‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ (1961) – Even Audrey can’t save it.

May 17, 2017 // 4 Comments

  BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (1961) I remain at a complete loss trying to understand how anybody could rave about this trashy film. I have labored through the thing twice now, (the viewings several years apart), in the hope that I might find some hidden gem or two in it the second time around. I didn’t. It has Audrey Hepburn’s unique and likeable personality, George Peppard’s [...]

Past Oscars PT7 – 1975-81

December 12, 2016 // 8 Comments

  1975               One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Best Picture                         Jack Nicholson – Best Actor for One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest                         Louise Fletcher – Best Actress for One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest                         George Burns – Best [...]

Cartoon characters – Matching the voices to the faces.

November 28, 2016 // 2 Comments

  It usually comes as a surprise (to me anyway) when I come across an actor whose voice I instantly recognize as being that of a well-known cartoon character. I was watching an old 1949 Esther Williams film a few nights ago (Neptune’s Daughter), and a Mexican named Pancho (what else) opened his mouth and out popped ‘Bugs Bunny’. It was, of course, Mel Blanc, that master of a thousand [...]

The best films year by year – PT 2 (1945 – 52)

October 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

  1945    OSCAR:         THE LOST WEEKEND Other nominees:    Anchors Aweigh The Bells of St. Mary’s Mildred Pierce Spellbound   My Top 10 films for 1945     #1   #2  #3  #4  #5  #6  #7  #8  #9  #10   COMMENTS:           This was one of the worst years for movies on record. I can honestly say that there is not a single feature from 1945 that I [...]

HARRISON FORD – from carpenter to super star.

October 3, 2016 // 4 Comments

  Harrison Ford was born in Illinois about eight months after Pearl Harbor in 1942, yet this man who would feature in no fewer than seven of the most successful movies  of all time (up until 1994), did not really make a splash until 1977. In 1994, in Las Vegas, he was rightly honored as ‘Box-Office Star of the Century’ in front of hundreds of his contemporaries. Despite the staggering [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 14.

September 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

  CILENTO, Diane                              CONNERY, Sean                              1962 – 73 (div.)   Australian actress Diane Cilento is all but unknown today to international audiences. If not for her marriage to the first James Bond, Sean Connery, her career might be pretty much forgotten. Even her Oscar nomination for Best [...]

Carole Landis and ‘Four Jills in a Jeep’.

August 30, 2016 // 6 Comments

                         In 1944, 20th Century Fox made a movie, a re-enactment about four Hollywood actresses/singers/dancers during World War Two, who traveled to England and North Africa and entertained the American troops stationed there. Of course, there were plenty of USO tours throughout the war, but it was unique to have an all-girl group risking their lives in this way. The [...]

Anthony Quinn – a hypocrite or just a product of his times?

July 15, 2016 // 2 Comments

  When it came to love and marriage Anthony Quinn was a bona fide, gilt-edged hypocrite. He was livid when he found out on his wedding night in 1937 that his first wife, Katherine De Mille, (CB’s adopted daughter) was not a virgin. So he beat her up. As far as he was concerned a wife had to be a virgin. Her first lover had been none other than superstar Clark Gable. Director Victor Fleming [...]
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