WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT2.

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT2.

February 12, 2019 Alan Royle 1

    Cate Blanchett in the title role CHARLOTTE GRAY (2001)            World War Two – Espionage in Nazi-occupied France Sebastian Faulks’ based his 1999 novel Charlotte Gray on the exploits of Nancy ‘the White Mouse’ Wake, the Allies’ most successful female agent operating behind Nazi lines during the war. Nancy […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT86.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT86.

December 8, 2018 Alan Royle 0

  Gregory Peck & Ava Gardner in On the Beach (1959) When Ava Gardner came to Australia to make On the Beach (1959), she did not exactly endear herself to the nation when she remarked that Melbourne was the most appropriate place on Earth to make a picture about the end of […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT84

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT84

December 4, 2018 Alan Royle 0

    Marlon Brando & Karl Malden in One-Eyed Jacks (1961) One-Eyed Jacks (1961) was to have been directed by Stanley Kubrick at a budgeted cost of $1.8 million, but then Kubrick left and the picture’s star, Marlon Brando, took over as director. Day one, ominously, saw him throw away the script […]

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ITALIAN/AMERICAN SINGERS/ACTORS PT1

August 22, 2018 Alan Royle 2

 Frank Sinatra recording on Capitol   as Maggio in From Here to Eternity    with his wife Ava Gardner There has never been a shortage of Italian/American singer/actors down the decades, so I thought I might write a little about the more accomplished ones. It would be fair to say that […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT43

August 10, 2018 Alan Royle 7

Fairbanks and his famous sail stunt in The Black Pirate The 1926 silent feature The Black Pirate starred Douglas Fairbanks in arguably his most famous role. It certainly contained his most memorable stunt, one that saw him slide down the mainsail using his rapier to slow his descent! In 1952 Errol […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 21.

June 11, 2018 Alan Royle 0

                           the incomparable Ava                                    with boyfriend Peter Lawford Ava Gardner’s very physical affair with the bisexual Peter Lawford ended, or so […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 11.

May 18, 2018 Alan Royle 2

Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway in Bonnie & Clyde (1967) Before he agreed to play the role of Clyde Barrow in the 1967 hit Bonnie and Clyde, Warren Beatty was chasing the director’s job and had already chosen the two actors he wanted to play the title roles – his sister Shirley […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT6

May 8, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Ava Gardner in 55 Days at Peking (1963) Ava Gardner had a long-running nervous breakdown during the making of 55 Days at Peking (1963). She was drunk on several days, continually demanded rewrites, and was extremely difficult to deal with. Charlton Heston stated that her character, Baroness Natalie Ivanoff, was killed off […]

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1940s & 50s – When singers could sing.

September 8, 2017 Alan Royle 3

THE ANDREWS SISTERS – L to R Maxene (1916 – 95), Patty (1916 – 2013) & LaVerne (1911-67)  Whichever way you look at it the Andrews Sisters were a uniformly unattractive trio, yet they were a phenomenally successful singing group, especially during World War Two. Maxene was the dominant one […]

PETER O’TOOLE – the actor and the man.

August 19, 2017 Alan Royle 4

  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 […]