Thirties movie trivia – PT1

February 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

                  Norma Shearer                               Norma & Jimmy Stewart circa 1939         Mickey Rooney in his Andy Hardy days Norma Shearer’s husband, Irving Thalberg, passed away in September 1936. Because of his fragile heart condition the couple had, on doctor’s orders, pretty much abstained from energetic sexual activity during their [...]

Some Silent Era Trivia

February 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

                         Annette, billed as ‘the world’s most perfect woman’. When Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman appeared naked in the 1916 silent movie A 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 American beach. The introduction of the Hays Code 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 [...]

Notable Character Actresses – PT4

January 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

MARGARET HAMILTON (1902 – 85) The Wizard of Oz (1939)                     State of the Union (1948)                    These Three (1936) As the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz (1939) Margaret Hamilton became so identified with her role as the witch in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, that throughout the remainder of her life she signed [...]

Some Notable Character Actresses – PT 1.

January 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

MARGARET DUMONT (1882 – 1965) Margaret Dumont’s great claim to movie fame was her regular role as the ‘straight woman’ to the Marx Brothers in their movies. She was totally bald beneath her wigs and, consequently, wore them all the time. Groucho was convinced that she rarely understood the group’s humour which, of course, made her ideal for the role. Others who knew her, however, [...]

DRUGS IN THE SILENT ERA PT 1.

January 20, 2018 // 3 Comments

  If you have ever wondered about the origins of drug use in Hollywood, when it started and how widespread its use may have been, then this article should provide at least a partial answer to those questions. These days, the practice of snorting coke at parties, even on some sets, is probably presumed by most fans to be a product of the wild seventies and eighties. Far from it. Try, instead, the [...]

The cast of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ (1964-7).

January 18, 2018 // 4 Comments

This immensely popular series commenced shooting in late 1963. In the very first shot of the opening credits, the American flag is quite evident, flying at half-mast. Not long before filming began, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in November. Back in 1961, Newton Minow was head of the Federal Communications Commission in 1961. He made himself highly unpopular with the [...]

B LIST BEAUTIES – PT 8

January 16, 2018 // 2 Comments

MARLA ENGLISH (1935 – 2012) Marla was one of those ‘promising’ beauties who might have been successful in the movie business if she had taken the opportunities presented to her and if she had gotten the right breaks at the right time. Success or failure in Hollywood often depends on such things. As it happened, however, she only managed to chalk up seventeen screen credits in total, all of [...]

In the Beginning… (Pt 6) Those Collins Girls.

January 14, 2018 // 9 Comments

      Jackie & Joan Collins Joan and Jackie Collins each made a name for herself in Hollywood in the sixties and seventies and beyond, one as a screen goddess and all-round society girl, the other as a best-selling writer of risqué novels. Both attended Francis Holland School at Clarence Gate in London, starting there at the end of 1946. Francis Holland girls all looked immaculate and [...]

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 [...]
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