MOVIE TRIVIA – PT158.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT158.

July 29, 2020 Alan Royle 2

           Victor McLaglen Victor McLaglen always claimed he was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England in 1886, but birth records indicate he was really born in Stepney. And he was not Irish at all, despite being cast mostly as Irishmen, particularly by director John Ford. Prior […]

TV WESTERNS – PT4.

TV WESTERNS – PT4.

July 26, 2020 Alan Royle 0

BONANZA    (1959-73)                                430 EPISODES                     Few TV westerns were as successful and as long-running as Bonanza (1959-73). In fact, only Gunsmoke outdid it both in episodes (635) and seasons (20). Initially, Bonanza was screened on Saturday nights, but the figures were so dismal that thought was given to cancelling it. As […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT24.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT24.

May 9, 2020 Alan Royle 0

DENNIS HOPPER:                                                              [A quote from 2001] ‘I’ve been sober now for 18 years. With all the drugs, psychedelics and narcotics I did, I was really an alcoholic. Honestly, I only used to do cocaine so I could sober up and drink more. My last five years of drinking were a […]

TV – When the western was king – PT2.

June 25, 2018 Alan Royle 4

  Part two of this article looks at the 25 television westerns from the 1949-69 era that were the most successful, according to the number of episodes in each. There may be a few surprises, although number one will come as no surprise at all to anyone who remembers the […]

TV TID-BITS – PT 1.

December 14, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  BONANZA                                          Bonanza was shot at Paramount until 1970 when it was moved to Stage 14 at Warner Bros for its final three seasons. The Ponderosa Ranch House was built […]

Nostalgia TV #1 – ‘BONANZA’

April 24, 2016 admin 6

    Over 14 seasons (1959-73), none of the sons in Bonanza ever had a steady girlfriend, and little wonder, for they never changed their clothes! It was agreed early in the series to keep each actor in the same clothes so that stock footage could be drawn upon in […]

7 actors who recorded #1hit singles.

March 31, 2016 admin 0

  Ever since Billboard has been used to assess the popularity of single recordings there have been a few actors who have unexpectedly surprised us by recording songs that went all the way to the top of the charts. There were two in 1957, one in 1958, one in 1962, […]

America’s most watched TV shows 1950-2015

January 9, 2016 admin 0

  I thought it might be interesting to have a look at the top ranked TV show from each season in America since the Nielsen Ratings first appeared in 1950. As the home of TV, the USA has set the pace for the rest of the world with its programs, […]

TV RATINGS SINCE 1950 – How tastes have changed.

June 11, 2015 admin 0

    Below is a list of the top-rated programs since the 1950-51 season, according to Nielsen Media Research. Having inhabited this planet since 1947, I can recall most of these shows, although I must admit that I lost interest in TV when that horrible reality rubbish began to dominate […]