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SIXTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT2.

April 14, 2018 // 2 Comments

Prior to making The Hustler (1961), Paul Newman had a pool table installed in his home to practice upon because he had never played the game in his life until then. Jackie Gleason, on the other hand, was a very accomplished pool player and executed most of his own shots in the picture. Undeterred, Newman challenged him to a game for $50 and Gleason accepted the challenge. Paul broke the balls and [...]

BEST PICTURE OSCAR WINNERS – THE BEST AND THE WORST.

March 21, 2018 // 5 Comments

There have been some quite wonderful ‘Best Picture’ Oscar winners since 1927/8 and there have been some shockers, too. Just for the heck of it, I went through the list and jotted down my top ten and my bottom ten. If anyone agrees with either list I shall be flabbergasted, for we all look at movies from a hundred different perspectives. I have arranged my lists from ten to one. Number one in [...]

Some Trivia About Movies Released in 1975

January 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

                                                                                                                                       In the 1975 thriller Three Days of Condor the office of Higgins (played by Cliff Robertson) is situated inside the World Trade Centre. The balcony from which Joe Turner (Robert Redford) watches [...]

AUSSIES BORN & BRED? NOT REALLY.

January 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

                  TOM BURLINSON (1956 – )                      as Tommy Woodcock in Phar Lap (1983)     ‘Simply Sinatra’ After appreciating his playing of Tommy Woodcock; ‘strapper’ for the legendary racehorse Phar Lap in the 1983 movie of the same name, most cinema-goers probably assumed that Tom Burlinson was a young man born and bred ‘Down [...]

Child Stars of Bygone Days – PT1

December 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

This is the first article about the myriad child stars who graced movies and television since the very beginning of the movie industry until around 1980. I have left out the more recent ones because their stories are mostly still to be written. So, we shall take a trip down memory lane and see if you remember these stars of yesteryear. There is no order of merit, otherwise Shirley Temple would be [...]

IN THE BEGINNING…PT 4.

December 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

STEVE IRWIN (1962 – 2006) Steve Irwin was born in Essendon, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, in 1962, to parents who were wildlife naturalists. He was raised at the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park where he learned how to handle crocodiles before his tenth birthday. His shortish life was devoted to conserving and protecting wildlife in his native Australia, and he made no bones about his [...]

‘SINCE YOU WENT AWAY’ (1944) – Wartime drama at its best.

December 5, 2017 // 2 Comments

SINCE YOU WENT AWAY (1944) I suppose it is a sign of my age, but every once in a while I like to select one of my favourite black and white films to watch late in the evening. I know it has nothing to do with the fact that these pictures are not in colour, but there is something about the quality of the screenplays that places these pictures in a class of their own. More emphasis on story and [...]

SNIPPETS – PT1.

November 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

                             Annette Kellerman                                        and naked in Daughter of the Gods (1916) When Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman appeared naked in the 1916 silent movie Daughter of the Gods, she actually caused less shock waves than she did back in 1911 when she brazenly wore a one-piece bathing costume onto an [...]

THE BOND GIRLS – PT1.

September 20, 2017 // 0 Comments

DR NO (1962)                     URSULA ANDRESS (1936 – )                  as Honey Rider                                   Ursula at 78             Swiss-born Ursula Andress was introduced to the movie-loving public in Dr No, when she walked out of the Caribbean in a white bikini setting male pulses racing all over the world. That was in [...]

Suzan Ball – A sad tale.

September 6, 2017 // 2 Comments

  SUZAN BALL (1934 – 55)  There have been many sad stories come out of Hollywood and Suzan Ball’s is one of the saddest. She had only made eight movies (and in two of those she was ‘uncredited), when suddenly her career and her life were over. Fate chose to allocate her a lot of pain and anguish in her brief life, a life that began in Jamestown, New York in 1934 and ended just 21 [...]
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