THE BOND GIRLS – PT 4.

November 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

‘THE BOND GIRLS’ PT 4 The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) starring Roger Moore as Bond. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) starring Roger Moore as Bond. Moonraker (1979) starring Roger Moore as Bond. For Your Eyes Only (1981) starring Roger Moore as Bond.   As Mary Goodnight Britt Ekland (1942 – ) played Mary Goodnight in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). The Swedish-born actress [...]

THE BOND GIRLS – PT 3.

November 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

My look at ‘THE BOND GIRLS PT 3’ encompasses the beauties who enhanced the following four 007 features: You Only Live Twice (1967) starring Sean Connery as James Bond. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) starring George Lazenby as Bond. Diamonds Are Forever (1971) starring Connery again. Live And Let Die (1973) introducing Sir Roger Moore as Bond for the first time.     As Helga [...]

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) – a timeless classic.

November 23, 2017 // 2 Comments

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957)                                            After deliberately punishing myself by recently sitting through the lamentable 1956 soap opera Written on the Wind, I felt I owed myself a treat, so I sat back and watched the brilliant Sweet Smell of Success (1957) for the umpteenth time. And it was still wonderful. The two pictures were made within 12 [...]

‘WRITTEN ON THE WIND’ (1956) – a trashy soap opera.

November 21, 2017 // 1 Comment

WRITTEN ON THE WIND (1956)                           I had the misfortune to again watch Written on the Wind recently, the first time I have done so since my grandparents took me to see the thing in 1958 at our local theatre. I was 11 years old. I didn’t like it then and I still don’t like it. It is a soap opera of the worst kind, one with scarcely any story, a mundane script [...]

Dorothy Dandridge – a beautiful talent wasted.

November 19, 2017 // 1 Comment

DANDRIDGE, Dorothy (1922 – 65)                                    What happened to Dorothy Dandridge was one of the greatest wastes of beauty and talent in the history of the movies. She was gorgeous and she could sing up a storm. But she was black. And she was born twenty years too early. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1922, she first appeared on the screen, albeit briefly, in [...]

SNIPPETS – PT2.

November 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Kate and Barrymore in A Bill of Divorcement (1932) Kate Hepburn made her movie debut in the 1932 drama A Bill of Divorcement, in which the aging John Barrymore played her mentally unbalanced father. Known as ‘The Great Profile’, he invited her to his dressing-room where he promptly stripped naked and suggested the two of them ‘get on with it.’ Kate admitted that he seduced her, ‘but [...]

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 [...]

RANDOM SNAPSHOTS – PT8.

November 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

Jennifer Jones (1919 – 2009)                                            On November 9, 1967 the 48 year-old Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Jones booked into a motel near Malibu Beach, swallowed a large quantity of Seconal and was discovered unconscious at the foot of a 400 foot cliff. The press tried to make something of the fact that Charles Bickford, her elderly [...]

RANDOM SNAPSHOTS – PT7.

November 11, 2017 // 3 Comments

HARRY JAMES (1916-83)                                      Harry James was a very good trumpet-player and a successful bandleader. He was also a bona fide skirt-chaser all his life and wound up marrying America’s number one pin-up girl of the entire Second World War – Betty Grable. Harry carried around an ego the size of the Grand Canyon and it caused him [...]

RANDOM SNAPSHOTS PT6

November 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

Joanne Dru (1922 – 96)                                      Joanne Dru was born in Logan, West Virginia in 1922 with the unfortunate name of Joanne Letitia LaCock. She started out in some important productions, but her sojourn near the top was short-lived and by the fifties she was taking whatever offers came her way. After landing a spot in an Al Jolson [...]
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