Great character actors. Pt 1

March 5, 2016 admin 2

    Obviously, most of us are drawn to a movie more often than not because of the lead players, yet very few great movies are carried entirely by their stars. The support players can make a profound difference to the quality of a picture. A prime example of this […]

Joseph Cotten & Deanna Durbin – lovers or not?

January 27, 2016 admin 12

  In 2013, singer/actress Deanna Durbin passed away at the age of 91 in her adopted country, France. Actor Joseph Cotten had preceded her by nearly twenty years. Way back in 1943, Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper set the cat among the pigeons when she wrote that Deanna and Joe, […]

The Casting Couch.

January 13, 2016 admin 2

  Claudette Colbert was a big star, but even she admitted to getting her start in Hollywood via someone’s ‘casting couch’. In fact, she told an interviewer that the only star she knew of who made it without resorting to the ‘couch’ was Bette Davis. She did not elaborate on that […]

Did You Know? – Items of interest Pt 1.

August 12, 2015 admin 2

  From time to time I shall post a dozen or so short items, snippets of information about movie and television actors that I have found interesting. Hopefully, you will, too. Somehow it is hard to imagine that Don Adams, the little guy who played Agent Maxwell Smart in the […]

What’s in a Name – Part Two?

August 4, 2015 admin 0

  Part Two of ‘What’s in a Name?’ features some of the more stupid names thought up by the studios in their endeavours to create phony images for their stars. One of the silliest was the one they lumbered poor Ann Sheridan with – The Oomph Girl. She simply did […]

A few snippets from Frank Langella.

July 20, 2015 admin 2

  Oscar-nominated actor Frank Langella published his most entertaining biography titled, Dropped Names: Famous Men & Women as I Knew Them, in 2013. It is a scathing one that pulls few, if any, punches. Here are a few snippets from it, some of his observations down the decades, along with […]

Hollywood’s real-life war heroes ( Pt 3 )

April 1, 2015 admin 78

Here are a few pieces of trivia regarding actresses during World War Two that you may or may not know. The first one deals with selling War Bonds, the second involves touring with the United Services Organizations Inc. (USO), and the third looks at the famous Hollywood Canteen. Touring with […]

The best female voices in movies?

March 30, 2015 admin 0

Finding ten great male voices in the movies was easy. In fact, I found many more than that and was forced to eliminate. Not so with the females, however. I discovered several truly pleasant voices and several distinctly unique ones. Sadly, most of the unique ones were quite irksome, so […]

All About Eve (1950)

February 6, 2015 admin 8

Bette Davis (as Margo Channing): ‘I’ll admit I may have seen better days, but I’m still not to be had for the price of a cocktail, like a salted peanut.’