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PETER O’TOOLE – the actor and the man.

August 19, 2017 // 4 Comments

  PETER O’TOOLE   (1932 – 2013)                                      Peter O’Toole hailed from Leeds in Yorkshire. He always maintained he was born in Ireland, but there are simply no records indicating that. As a teenager he started out as a newspaper copy boy, showed promise as a reporter, but was drawn to the theatre. At 17 he made his stage [...]

Hollywood philanthropists – a quick look.

July 26, 2017 // 2 Comments

  In the last 20-30 years there has developed a philanthropic culture in Hollywood involving superstars in the movie industry. Cynics are quick to accuse these people of ‘image-making’, or of diverting media attention from potential career-damaging headlines of a personal nature. In some instances that has certainly happened, but the bottom line must surely be acknowledged. Regardless of [...]

Did you know?

February 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

  One wonders how many young movie fans of today have any idea why the intersection of Orange Drive and Hollywood Boulevard, just across from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, is now named ‘Carmen Miranda Square’. How many have even heard of her? Back in 1945 on ‘V-J Day’, at that very intersection, Carmen climbed atop a motor vehicle and did an impromptu victory dance for hundreds of [...]

Hollywood & the Catholic Legion of Decency (CLOD).

December 18, 2016 // 6 Comments

  At the zenith of their power the ‘Seven Sisters’ (MGM, Warners, Paramount, Universal, Columbia, Fox and RKO) did much as they pleased. Few outsiders had any influence over their decisions or their conduct. Few, that is, with the exception of the Catholic Legion of Decency (CLOD). They were a force to be reckoned with and they exercised their power each year by publishing their [...]

Past Oscar-winners – some observations – Pt 3.

October 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

    1949               All the King’s Men – Best Picture                         Broderick Crawford – Best Actor for All the King’s Men   Broderick Crawford Greg Peck as General Savage in Twelve O’Clock High Having seen all five nominated films for 1949, I am surprised that All the King’s Men came out on top. Darryl Zanuck’s [...]

SIX ENJOYABLE MOVIE DUOS – PT 1.

September 3, 2016 // 6 Comments

  They say that movie ‘chemistry’ strikes every now and then, and when it does it lights up the screen. The people that make these kinds of decisions are forever mixing and matching, trying to find a combination that just ‘clicks’ with audiences. And it does not always have to be a guy and a gal. ‘Buddy’ pictures (male or female) achieve the same result – big box-office bucks. [...]

Did you know? (H)

July 7, 2016 // 4 Comments

    David and Merle At the Hollywood Criket Club circa 1936 David Niven and the exquisite Merle Oberon were in the throes of their quite public affair when they starred together in the 1936 film Beloved Enemy. Merle was on the rebound from her romance with Leslie Howard, her co-star in The Scarlet Pimpernel. Niven had met her in London a few years earlier, before he was an actor and when [...]

The making of ‘West Side Story’ (1961)

April 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

  It has been fifty-five years since Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet was re-located to New York City and transformed into the musical West Side Story. In place of the feuding Montague and Capulet families of Verona we are given two rival New York gangs – the Jets and the Sharks. The white Jets are led by Riff, the Puerto Rican Sharks by Bernardo. Romeo becomes Riff’s best buddy Tony; [...]

Beautiful Actresses – My Top 50 (Pt 2)

January 31, 2016 // 5 Comments

  On the 29th I posted the first 20 of my 50 most beautiful actresses of all time. It is now the 31st January, time for part two – numbers 30 down to 11. #30  Stefanie Powers Former star of TV’s Hart to Hart #29  Loretta Young Known in Hollywood as ‘Attila the Nun’. #28  Lizabeth Scott Queen of the film noirs # 27  Gene Tierney In a still from Leave Her To [...]

William Holden – His Life and his Loves

January 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

      Holden in Escape From Fort Bravo (1953) William Holden featured in a lot of very good movies during his career. Women adored him, even men grudgingly conceded that he was both rugged and charming, certainly no milk sop. Unfortunately, he was also an alcoholic, from his teens until the day he died. He was gifted with talent, looks, charm and charisma. He was also strong, [...]
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