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MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES PT4

November 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Alan Arkin as Lester Siegel  in Argo (2012)                                  Argo is an entertaining film but should it have won the Best Picture Oscar? It followed the ‘cliff-hanger’ formula right down the line which was hardly anything new. Be that as it may, Alan Arkin is terrific as Lester Siegel, a composite character he said was mostly based on studio head Jack [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT41

August 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

      Ann as Becky Thatcher                                             Ann with Alan Gifford in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey                Ann Gillis played Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938). Director Norman Taurog gave the 10 year-old no direction, whatsoever, not even when she was required to be hysterical in one scene. The [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT34

July 19, 2018 // 2 Comments

                                Grace receives her Oscar from Bill Holden The Country Girl (1954) is a fine movie, featuring an outstanding performance from Bing Crosby and pretty good ones from Grace Kelly and William Holden. Grace collected an Oscar for her trouble, beating Judy Garland for A Star is Born by just 6 votes! Away from the set, the ever eager future Princess of [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT31.

July 9, 2018 // 10 Comments

In the novel on which the 1982 movie First Blood is based, Rambo kills eighteen people, among them Deputy Sargent Galt, whose stomach he slices open with a razor! Even though most critics found the film to be ‘too violent’, it is interesting to note that Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) does not kill anyone, not even Galt, in the whole movie. In fact, Galt is the solitary fatality in the entire [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 24.

June 21, 2018 // 4 Comments

In the 1983 feature Cujo, the St. Bernard at the centre of the action was played by a combination of five live animals, one mechanical head, and a man dressed in a dog-suit. The five live dogs had to have their tails tied down because they were having such a good time that their tails were forever wagging! In order to get them to attack the car, their favourite toys were concealed inside it. The [...]

SIXTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT4.

April 26, 2018 // 5 Comments

     Joan Collins & Bing Crosby Rumours abounded that Joan Collins was having an affair with Bing Crosby during the making of Road to Hong Kong (1962). Nothing could have been further from the truth. She found him disgusting, particularly his pipe-smoker’s habit of clearing his throat by spitting globules of phlegm onto the studio floor! His breath was rancid and she had to endure his [...]

BEST PICTURE 1944 – ‘Going My Way’.

March 5, 2018 // 4 Comments

                             I recently wrote a piece on the worst ‘Best Picture’ – the 1952 abomination The Greatest Show on Earth. It is a movie I have avoided all my life until it bobbed up on Foxtel last week. Reluctantly, I watched it and wrote about it. A few days later, however, another ‘Best Picture’ was screened, the 1944 winner, Going My Way. I watched that for [...]

The Romances of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco.

June 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

    The stunning American actress Grace Kelly only made eleven movies in her brief but spectacular career. By most accounts she made hay with most of her leading men while the sun shone. But not all of them. Her supporters argue that she was basically seeking a father substitute to compensate for her own father’s aloofness, that she was neither promiscuous in the true sense, nor [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 16.

October 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

    CRAIG, Yvonne                                BOYD, Jimmy                                   1960 – 63 (div.)   If things had worked out differently Yvonne might have spent her days dancing instead of acting. As a teenager she showed enormous promise, enough to be chosen as one of the youngest ever dancers by the [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 14.

September 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

  CILENTO, Diane                              CONNERY, Sean                              1962 – 73 (div.)   Australian actress Diane Cilento is all but unknown today to international audiences. If not for her marriage to the first James Bond, Sean Connery, her career might be pretty much forgotten. Even her Oscar nomination for Best [...]
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