MOVIE TRIVIA – PT115.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT115.

March 20, 2019 Alan Royle 2

  The Blue Bird (1940) was 20th Century Fox’s intended answer to The Wizard of Oz (1939). It starred 12 year-old Shirley Temple, yet it flopped dismally. Audiences were not willing to accept her in a ‘not too nice’ role. Consequently, it became the picture that ended her remarkable run […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT3.

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT3.

February 14, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    James Mason & Danielle Darrieux  5 FINGERS (1952) World War Two – Espionage in Ankara, Turkey Possibly my favourite espionage movie of all time, thanks to the superbly convincing portrayal of the spy by James Mason and the delightful performance from Danielle Darrieux as the Countess Staviska (a […]

MEMORABLE SCREEN PAIRINGS – PT2

MEMORABLE SCREEN PAIRINGS – (PT2)

January 23, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  HOW TO STEAL A MILLION (1966)   Peter O’Toole & Audrey Hepburn in How to Steal a Million (1966) A most unusual screen pairing was that of Peter O’Toole and Audrey Hepburn in How to Steal a Million, just four years after O’Toole had taken the world by storm with […]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES PT4

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 – 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 […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT31.

July 9, 2018 Alan Royle 10

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 […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT26

June 29, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Someday I would like someone to explain to me how Annie Hall (1977) won four Academy Awards. This typical Woody Allen self-indulgent rubbish won the Best Picture Oscar, Best Director (Allen), Best Writing (Allen) and Best Actress (Diane Keaton)! Hollywood’s love affair with this guy seems boundless. He was even […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT6

May 8, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Ava Gardner in 55 Days at Peking (1963) Ava Gardner had a long-running nervous breakdown during the making of 55 Days at Peking (1963). She was drunk on several days, continually demanded rewrites, and was extremely difficult to deal with. Charlton Heston stated that her character, Baroness Natalie Ivanoff, was killed off […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT5

May 6, 2018 Alan Royle 2

   Lee Marvin (L), John Wayne (C) & James Stewart When we watch the John Ford 1962 western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, there is a certain irony in the casting. Jimmy Stewart was a genuine World War Two USAAF hero, yet he plays a bookish weakling opposed to […]