HENRY FONDA – (1905-82)

April 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

                                            On-screen Henry Fonda came across as a man of integrity, common sense, gentleness and affability. Off-screen he was a private man, cold to his family, aloof, frequently angry and, generally speaking, not a nice person to be around. Perhaps, his childhood had something to do with this. Who knows how he was affected when his father [...]

My Favorite Screen Villains Top 10

April 20, 2018 // 8 Comments

      10                                                         ROBERT RYAN as Master of Arms John Claggart in BILLY BUDD (1962) Billy Budd (1962) is a fine drama that helped put a young Terence Stamp into the upper bracket of British stars during the sixties, but it was Hollywood veteran Robert Ryan who stole the picture. He convincingly played Master of Arms [...]

1939 – My Top Ten.

April 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

10        THE WOMEN – Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard,                                          Mary Boland, Joan Fontaine, Virginia Weidler, Marjorie Main, Virginia Grey, Ruth Hussey, Lucille Watson, Hedda Hopper There are a number of things wrong with The Women, not the least of which is the appallingly hammy [...]

1939 – What a Year! – PT1.

April 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

There have been other great movie years – 1950 springs to mind, to name but one – yet most fans (those who are old enough anyway) would probably settle on 1939 as the crème de la crème. The list of features churned out that year really is impressive although they were not all great movies. Not by a long shot. Among the sub-standard features released in 1939 were: Gunga Din – Cary Grant, [...]

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 [...]

My 30 favorite screen villains – PT2 (20-11)

April 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

20        JOAQUIN PHOENIX as Commodus in GLADIATOR (2000) I have often wondered if Joaquin Phoenix resents Russell Crowe for stealing his thunder in Gladiator. Crowe was so good in the title role that Joaquin tended to be forever in his shadow which must have been frustrating because Phoenix really gave an outstanding performance. When he suddenly bellowed, ‘Am I not merciful?’ in [...]

LAUREN BACALL (1924-2014)

April 10, 2018 // 9 Comments

When lists of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses are drawn up the name of Lauren Bacall is often left out. There is no denying the fact that her beauty was even more transitory than most; her features seemingly hardening quite early in life, but in her prime ‘Betty’ Bacall was a sultry, sexy, green-eyed knockout. She began life in 1924 in The Bronx as Betty Joan Perske. Her alcoholic [...]

My 30 Favorite Movie Villains: PT1

April 8, 2018 // 6 Comments

  Here is part one of my list of the 30 performances by movie villains I have enjoyed the most down the decades. That does not mean I have chosen the scariest or even the best-acted roles; just the ones I have enjoyed watching the most. I have seen every one of these performances more than once (a few of them as many as 40 times). Villains, such as all the action hero nasties, do not get a [...]

‘GREASE’ (1978) – King of the high school musicals.

April 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Grease is one of the better teenage musicals, (many would argue it’s the best), if for no other reason than the leads are charismatic and can actually sing! I suppose to refer to it as a teenage musical is a bit of a liberty, given that only one of the ten actors and actresses portraying high school students was actually a teenager at the time (and even she was nineteen and barely scrambled [...]

SIXTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT1

April 4, 2018 // 6 Comments

The American backers for the projected James Bond film Dr No (1962) were unimpressed with Sean Connery’s test footage. Co-producer Cubby Broccoli sent a memo to his partner Harry Saltzman: ‘Feel we can do better.’ In fact, they could not do better at all. Cary Grant, James Mason, Michael Redgrave, David Niven and Rex Harrison were all established stars and were not about to handcuff [...]
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