FORTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 6.

March 11, 2018 // 10 Comments

                     George Raft George Raft turned down the leads in High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon (both in 1941), thereby giving Humphrey Bogart’s career a huge kick-start. Contrary to public opinion though, he never turned down Casablanca (1942). Why? Because he was never offered it. There are many myths and a lot of folklore surrounding that wonderful movie and that is just [...]

Hollywood and self censorship.

March 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

  Right from the earliest days of the silent picture era the moving picture moguls were aware that, more than any other commodity, sex sold. And, until the Hays Office reared its censorial head in 1922, they sold plenty of it. After a string of risqué films and several off-screen scandals in the industry, studio heads became increasingly fearful of government intervention in the movie business, [...]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT5

March 7, 2018 // 2 Comments

  Joan Collins in The Opposite Sex (1956) The Opposite Sex (1956) was a musical re-make of the 1939 film The Women. It was also one of the early vehicles for the new British bombshell Joan Collins. New to the movies and to MGM, she recalled walking past the studio mail-room and being whistled at and asked out to dinner by a brash 18 year-old worker there. She turned him down, so he propositioned [...]

‘WINGS’ (1927) – Hollywood’s first (and only) ‘Best Production’.

March 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

In 2012 a restored print of the very first Oscar-winning feature Wings was released on DVD. It is quite a beautiful print, (although overlong at 144 minutes), and well worth taking two and a half hours out of one’s life to watch it. It is, of course, a silent picture, shot just before The Jazz Singer turned the industry on its head by having actors speak for the first time. Wings was the only [...]

BEST PICTURE 1944 – ‘Going My Way’.

March 5, 2018 // 4 Comments

                             I recently wrote a piece on the worst ‘Best Picture’ – the 1952 abomination The Greatest Show on Earth. It is a movie I have avoided all my life until it bobbed up on Foxtel last week. Reluctantly, I watched it and wrote about it. A few days later, however, another ‘Best Picture’ was screened, the 1944 winner, Going My Way. I watched that for [...]

THE WORST ‘BEST PICTURE’ IN HISTORY.

March 3, 2018 // 6 Comments

  There has been no shortage of lousy movies that have somehow picked up the ‘Best Picture’ Oscar in their year. Often, that happened simply because there was nothing of much value churned out in that particular year. But not always. In 1952 the nomination list contained a couple of quite good movies, The Quiet Man and Ivanhoe, two over-rated ones, High Noon and Moulin Rouge, and one [...]

PRIVATE LIVES – PT2.

March 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

        JESSICA ALBA (1981- )                                                      The Sleeping Dictionary (2003)                   Fantastic Four (2005)                     Into the Blue (2005)   (Husband # 1) Cash Warren – Jessica and American film and TV producer Cash meet in August 2004, [...]

Private Lives – Pt 1

February 27, 2018 // 4 Comments

  I shall soon be publishing the first of two books titled ‘The Many Loves Of…’ They will be collections of the private lives of all the female stars of movies since the beginning of silent movies until the seventies. Each entry will consist of a chronological run-down of the actress’s love-life (similar to the Drew Barrymore piece below). I have put the cut-off at 1970. Any actress [...]

Forties Movie Trivia – PT5.

February 25, 2018 // 4 Comments

Richard Jaeckel was a terrific character actor who racked up a total of 190 screen credits in his 51-year career. In 1943 he was a 17 year-old messenger boy at 20th Century Fox when he was cast as a US Marine private in his first picture Guadalcanal Diary. If you have ever wondered why it took so long to win the battle for ‘the Canal’, it might surprise you to learn that the actual island of [...]

Forties Movie Trivia – PT4

February 23, 2018 // 4 Comments

                                                                                                          the former SS. Normandie on her side in New York                                                                                                   When the French luxury liner Normandie [...]
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