‘The Sound of Music’ ( 1965 )

April 25, 2015 // 12 Comments

Enough has been written down the decades about this iconic musical to last a lifetime. I thought it might be interesting, instead, to find out what has happened to the cast members in the interim. Here is a brief rundown on the major players. Where possible I have included pictures of each player as he or she appeared in the movie, and how the children grew into adulthood, some 50 years down the [...]

The Scientology Set ( Pt 2 )

April 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

Yesterday I wrote a little about the Church of Scientology and its adherents (both past and present) in the world of entertainment. Alphabetically, I got as far as ‘G’. Here are the rest of them:     HAYES, Isaac: Singer/songwriter, occasional actor. An active Scientologist, the ‘church’ forced him to resign his role as ‘Chef’ on South Park because of the show’s stance on [...]

The Scientology Set ( Pt 1 )

April 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology. One thing they are not short of in Hollywood (humility aside, of course) is scientologists. Most of us know about Tom Cruise and John Travolta, but there are many others, some of them quite prominent. Before I look at just who embraces this ‘thing’, perhaps a brief rundown of the concept might clarify it for those who are not quite sure what scientology [...]

Conspiracy or Cock-up?

April 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

When asked for their opinion on why, for instance, America got caught with its pants down at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, historians tend to fall into one of two camps – conspiracy or cock-up. One school will argue that the US allowed the Japanese to attack, even pushed them into it; a scenario that must have involved more than one person, therefore (by definition) – a conspiracy. The [...]

Western Women ( Pt 1 )

April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

There have been countless stories written about the men in the American West, but very few about the women, yet there were quite a few who achieved varying levels of fame and notoriety. Of course, most of them were just hard-working, dirt poor and ill-educated sodbusters’ wives, women who slaved from dawn till dusk alongside their husbands, raised their children, and died, usually very young. [...]

HUMPHREY BOGART – The iconic tough guy.

April 18, 2015 // 6 Comments

  Humphrey was not born on Christmas Day 1899 as his studio liked to state. At least two 1900 census forms prove it. He was actually born on 23 January 1899, but the Warner Bros publicity department chose to run with the stupid tagline, ‘a guy born on Christmas Day can’t be all bad’, and the tale stuck. He was also, courtesy of her American relations, a distant relative of the late [...]

JFK – Oswald alone? Rubbish.

April 16, 2015 // 6 Comments

I was 16 years old when John F Kennedy was assassinated. Like just about everyone else, I assumed Lee Harvey Oswald did the deed because the US government, FBI, CIA and Secret Service all said he did. Yet, even at sixteen, I smelled some kind of rat when Jack Ruby shot Oswald on national TV and in a police station. It seemed more like a movie script than real life. Over the next few decades all [...]

James Dean – over-rated nobody?

April 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

  James Dean’s mother died when he was nine. His father promised to attend the funeral, but never showed up, and Jimmy would resent him for the rest of his short life because of it. He once told Elizabeth Taylor of how he had been consistently molested by a trusted member of the clergy when he was just eleven years old. And this constant abuse had, understandably, affected him deeply. He [...]

Capital Punishment – yes or no?

April 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

When I was young and passionate I was all in favour of capital punishment. Why should killers be shown mercy and compassion when they had shown neither to their victims? Why should they continue to live a full life after depriving others of theirs? Why should society be concerned about their wants and needs when they had already turned their backs on society’s fundamental rules and [...]

Ben-Hur ( 1959 ) – why 11 Oscars?

April 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Every so often a movie comes along that has the Hollywood crowd and the critics tripping over one other in their eagerness to shower it with honours. William Wyler’s 1959 epic Ben-Hur is one such picture. It was nominated for twelve Oscars and won an unprecedented eleven. Only Karl Tunberg’s screenplay missed out. The word had spread prior to the Oscars that Wyler considered it to be a [...]
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