WAMPAS Baby Stars of 1931.

March 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you have been following my WAMPAS Baby Stars posts since the first one (1923), you will have noticed that there was no article for 1930. In fact, there was no presentation by the Western Association of Motion Pictures Advertisers that year and in 1933 because independent studios objected to the rules regarding the awards. Only the major studios’ contracted actresses were eligible to become [...]

MM in Britain.

March 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

  PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL, THE (1957)                                                                 This was the first film produced by Marilyn Monroe’s own company. It made a slight profit, but God only knows how because it is as dull as dish water. Laurence Olivier was already contracted to play the lead before Marilyn came on board, so [...]

‘Gallipoli’ (1981)

March 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Two years after he burst on the scene in the grossly over-rated Mad Max (1979), Mel Gibson made a war picture called Gallipoli, a movie loosely based on the Australian and New Zealander (ANZAC) landings in Turkey in 1915. As we know, Mel went on to become a super-star, even picking up an Oscar for his direction of Braveheart in 1995. His co-star Mark Lee, on the other hand, worked for a [...]

The making of ‘Caligula’ (1979)

March 12, 2017 // 1 Comment

  Legendary movie critic Roger Ebert went along to see and review Caligula and did something he admitted he rarely ever did. He walked out of the theatre part-way through the showing. It was during the Brothel-Boat-orgy sequence, which he described as ‘sickening, utterly worthless, shameless trash.’ He went on to add, ‘If it is not the worst film I have ever seen, that makes it all the [...]

The ‘Tarzan’ movies – PT 3

March 10, 2017 // 4 Comments

       Denny Miller                                                           with Joanna Barnes Denny Miller made his one and only appearance as Tarzan in Tarzan, the Ape Man (1959), with the enticing Joanna Barnes as Jane. At 6’4”, he was one of the tallest Tarzans along with Lex Barker (only Ron Ely was slightly taller). He was also the first blonde [...]

The ‘Tarzan’ movies – PT 2.

March 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

      Buster Crabbe                         Julie Bishop & Buster Buster Crabbe played the vine-swinger in a twelve-chapter serial that was cropped into a 1933 feature titled Tarzan the Fearless. The almost forgotten James Pierce was contracted to play the lead, but he had grown decidedly fat since his 1927 feature, and it was wisely decided to go with the much more [...]

The ‘Tarzan’ movies – PT 1.

March 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

   It is nearly 105 years since Edgar Rice Burroughs published his first Tarzan book – Tarzan the Ape-man (1912). Over that period of time there have been no fewer than 50 Tarzan movies pumped out – 45 live action and 5 animated features. Nineteen players have portrayed the ape-man, starting with Elmo Lincoln in 1918 and the latest, Alexander Skarsgard, in 2016. There have been five [...]

The making of ‘TOP GUN’ (1986)

March 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

  This was the highest grossing movie of 1986, raking in over $350 million worldwide. For the record, Crocodile Dundee ran second and Platoon third. In North America alone it sold nearly 50 million tickets in its first theatrical release. It was such a popular picture with young people that the US Navy reported a 500% increase in applications to join its aviation program. A degree of [...]

More on Harrison Ford.

March 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

  It remains debatable whether or not Carrie Fisher introduced Harrison Ford to marijuana or if he was already into it before they made Star Wars together in 1977, but there is no doubt that by the 1980s he was more or less an authority on the stuff. During a photo-shoot for GQ magazine he chose to give an interview to David Bailey while rolling and smoking joints throughout. Furthermore, he [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 21.

February 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

     Danny DEVITO                              Rhea PERLMAN                  1982 –   Diminutive Danny DeVito (4’10” – 1.47m) has been married to comedienne Rhea Perlman since 1982 and they have three children. At 5’ (1.52m) Rhea towers over her husband. In 2012 the couple separated for five months, but reconciled in March 2013. [...]
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