WHAT HAPPENED TO THE M.A.S.H. STARS?

January 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

The hugely successful M.A.S.H. series on TV ran from 1972 to 1983, 251 episodes. There were twelve regular players over that time. Five of them have since died. Only two of the dozen appeared in all 251 episodes – Alan Alda and Loretta Swit. Two others made over 200 appearances and they were Jamie Farr (Corporal Klinger) and William Christopher (Father Mulcahy). Here is a run-down of the twelve [...]

WHAT HAPPENED TO ‘DAD’S ARMY’? (1968-77)

January 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

‘DAD’S ARMY’ (1968-77) The BBC hit series Dad’s Army ran for nine seasons, from 1968 until 1977. It started rather lamely and it must have been a touch and go decision to continue with it after the first season. The acting was so-so, the screenplays generally quite poor, and the direction pretty amateurish in that first year. But gradually they all improved. The show did have a couple of [...]

IN THE BEGINNING…PT 5

January 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

SAM ELLIOTT (1944 – ) Sam made his (official) movie debut in the 1969 runaway success Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. His future wife, Katharine Ross, also appeared in that film, but they never met on the set because their scenes were shot on different days. It would be another nine years before they would meet and fall in love while making The Legacy (1978). They wed in 1984 and are [...]

TOP 10 RELATIONSHIPS – PT1 – CLARK GABLE

January 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

When deciding to look at some of the big stars and their personal lives, I thought it might be intriguing to settle on a ‘Top 10’ loves for each of them. Commencing with the ‘King of Hollywood’, I immediately realized that selecting just ten and placing them in order of importance (to the star) is no easy task. Readers might question my choices and the order I choose, but I shall try to [...]

HOME-GROWN STARS – PT 1 (Perth, Western Australia)

January 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

  I thought it might be fun to write a few pieces on who came from which city in the world. This will not be a comprehensive assessment of the world’s great cities, however, for several obvious reasons. First, there are far too many of them. Second, some of the major metropolises on planet Earth, places such as New York City, London, Los Angeles and Chicago, to name but four, boast literally [...]

CHILD STARS OF BYGONE DAYS – PT3

December 31, 2017 // 10 Comments

      BOBBY BLAKE (1933 – )                                              as Little Beaver (R) with Bill Elliott as Red Ryder He was born Mickey Gubitosi in New Jersey in 1933, a name he continued to use for the first three years of his movie career. After that he acted under the name Bobby Blake in the Our Gang featurettes. MGM started him in the series when he [...]

Child stars of bygone days – PT2.

December 29, 2017 // 2 Comments

MATTHEW ‘STYMIE’ BEARD (1925 – 81)              During the Depression years Americans found something to laugh about at the movies watching the antics of a group of talented children in the ‘Our Gang’ and ‘Little Rascals’ comedy shorts. One of those extraordinary kids was an African-American named Matthew ‘Stymie’ Beard whose trademark was an oversized derby hat, a gift [...]

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 [...]

BEST OF THE BEST – Pt1 – CARY GRANT

December 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

                              CARY GRANT  Here is a brief look at the very best movies from the very best actors and actresses (in my opinion). If you have never seen any or all of these movies, I sincerely suggest you should do so, if you get the chance. Just to amuse myself I have listed them in order of merit (my choices again) – with number one being the very best. I have [...]

BOYHOOD SCREEN CRUSHES

December 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

  There were five of us who hung around together in East Fremantle in the fifties. We weren’t a gang or anything like that. We just kicked a footy together in the park across the road, played cricket in Fremantle, bashed golf balls wherever we could, went to the movies once a week and prayed to meet a girl (any girl) who didn’t look at us like we were infectious bugs. Singer Dinah Shore [...]
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