MOVIE TRIVIA – PT144.

November 7, 2019 Alan Royle 2

Larry Storch as Corporal Randolph Agarn in F Troop (1965-7) A large number of us baby-boomers remain huge fans of the sixties comedy series F Troop (1965-7), mostly because of the hilarious antics of Larry Storch as Corporal Randolph Agarn and, to a slightly lesser extent, Frank de Kova’s deadpan humour as […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT119.

April 8, 2019 Alan Royle 1

                                                                                                                                      Wendy Barrie as Jane Seymour in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) Whenever I see the Alexander Korda feature The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), the one in which Charles Laughton so memorably plays the title role, I find myself drawn to the actress playing Jane […]

THE BEST OSCAR YEARS – 1939 & 1950.

April 5, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in GWTW (1939)         The Academy Awards is a competition, but it is one that has seldom been conducted on a level playing field. A winner one year may very well not even have been nominated in a stronger year. Historically, the two […]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT2

November 10, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Michael Caine as Peachy Carnehan in The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and Sean Connery as Daniel Dravot Michael Caine and Sean Connery were the fifth intended pairing for Rudyard Kipling’s terrific The Man Who Would be King to be transferred to the screen. In the fifties it was to […]

1939 – My Top Ten.

April 18, 2018 Alan Royle 0

10        THE WOMEN – Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard,                                          Mary Boland, Joan Fontaine, Virginia Weidler, Marjorie Main, Virginia Grey, Ruth Hussey, Lucille Watson, Hedda Hopper There are a number of things wrong with The Women, not the least of which is the appallingly hammy performance […]

The best pictures – year by year – PT 1 (1939-44).

October 23, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  I have often been flabbergasted or just plain disbelieving as the Academy ran out each year’s list of Oscar nominees, especially the Best Picture nominees, and time after time exceptional pictures simply did not make the list. Consequently, I thought I might (starting with 1939, the year movies came […]

The three ‘Beau Gestes’.

November 15, 2015 admin 0

So far the classic PC Wren novel Beau Geste has made it to the screen on three occasions – in 1926, 1939 and 1966 – with varying success. It has been nearly fifty years since the last version, so one expects the industry might be gearing up for another crack […]

Beau Geste (1939)

February 25, 2015 admin 0

  Ray Milland, Gary Cooper & Robert Preston in Beau Geste ( 1939 ) Gary Cooper (as Beau Geste): ‘I don’t know much about mutinies, but I do know it isn’t good form to plan them at the top of your voice.’