WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT27.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT27.

July 14, 2020 Alan Royle 6

HEDY LAMARR (1914-2000)                                Hedy hailed from Austria, where she entered this world from Vienna in 1914. She fled her wealthy Austrian munitions manufacturer in 1937, traveling first to Paris, then London and finally to Hollywood and a movie career. At the start of the Second World War, she and composer […]

WW2 – The Stars & their Stories – PT9.

November 1, 2019 Alan Royle 0

CRAWFORD, Broderick:                                                               Crawford was just two days shy of his 30th birthday when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. After enlisting in the United States Army Air Corps, he was assigned to the Armed Forces Network and became one of two announcers for the Glenn Miller […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT136.

August 6, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    Maria Riva 1951 – daughter of Marlene Dietrich Paramount’s 1948 production The Emperor Waltz starred Bing Crosby and Joan Fontaine. The story was set in the Alps, but the film was shot in Canada at Jasper National Park. Director Billy Wilder, ever the perfectionist, was not happy with […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT134.

July 22, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  Ingrid Bergman & Alfred Hitchcock Ingrid Bergman told her first husband, Peter Lindstrom, that she could never work effectively without being in love with either her director or her leading man – hence her affairs with Gregory Peck, Gary Cooper, Spencer Tracy, Omar Sharif and Bing Crosby, to name […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT116.

March 22, 2019 Alan Royle 2

The stunning Linda Darnell Nineteen year-old Linda Darnell was supposed to play the role of Vivian Potter in 1943’s The Gang’s All Here, but then she up and married 41 year-old cinematographer J. Peverell Marley and her boss, the predatory Darryl F. Zanuck at 20th Century Fox, was anything but […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT110.

March 2, 2019 Alan Royle 4

Doris Day at the peak of her beauty and talent The real Ruth Etting with her ‘benefactor’ Martin Snyder Love Me or Leave Me (1955) is one of the very best musical biopics ever made, thanks to superb performances from Doris Day and James Cagney, coupled with Daniel Fuchs’ Oscar-winning […]

20 ACTORS/PERFORMANCES I LEAST ENJOY WATCHING

December 28, 2018 Alan Royle 18

  Down the decades I have developed a powerful dislike for certain actors and/or individual performances, players or portrayals that I felt detracted from some really good movies (and a few bad ones). So, I wrote out a list of the really irksome players (or moments) in all the films […]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES PT4

November 14, 2018 Alan Royle 0

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 […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT41

August 6, 2018 Alan Royle 0

      Ann as Becky Thatcher                                             Ann with Alan Gifford in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey                Ann Gillis played Becky Thatcher in […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT34

July 19, 2018 Alan Royle 2

                                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 […]