January 20, 2018 // 3 Comments

  If you have ever wondered about the origins of drug use in Hollywood, when it started and how widespread its use may have been, then this article should provide at least a partial answer to those questions. These days, the practice of snorting coke at parties, even on some sets, is probably presumed by most fans to be a product of the wild seventies and eighties. Far from it. Try, instead, the [...]

The cast of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ (1964-7).

January 18, 2018 // 4 Comments

This immensely popular series commenced shooting in late 1963. In the very first shot of the opening credits, the American flag is quite evident, flying at half-mast. Not long before filming began, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in November. Back in 1961, Newton Minow was head of the Federal Communications Commission in 1961. He made himself highly unpopular with the [...]


January 16, 2018 // 2 Comments

MARLA ENGLISH (1935 – 2012) Marla was one of those ‘promising’ beauties who might have been successful in the movie business if she had taken the opportunities presented to her and if she had gotten the right breaks at the right time. Success or failure in Hollywood often depends on such things. As it happened, however, she only managed to chalk up seventeen screen credits in total, all of [...]

In the Beginning… (Pt 6) Those Collins Girls.

January 14, 2018 // 9 Comments

      Jackie & Joan Collins Joan and Jackie Collins each made a name for herself in Hollywood in the sixties and seventies and beyond, one as a screen goddess and all-round society girl, the other as a best-selling writer of risqué novels. Both attended Francis Holland School at Clarence Gate in London, starting there at the end of 1946. Francis Holland girls all looked immaculate and [...]


January 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

                  TOM BURLINSON (1956 – )                      as Tommy Woodcock in Phar Lap (1983)     ‘Simply Sinatra’ After appreciating his playing of Tommy Woodcock; ‘strapper’ for the legendary racehorse Phar Lap in the 1983 movie of the same name, most cinema-goers probably assumed that Tom Burlinson was a young man born and bred ‘Down [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]


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 [...]
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