THE BEST OSCAR YEARS – 1939 & 1950.

THE BEST OSCAR YEARS – 1939 & 1950.

April 5, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in GWTW (1939)         The Academy Awards is a competition, but it is one that has seldom been conducted on a level playing field. A winner one year may very well not even have been nominated in a stronger year. Historically, the two […]

MEETING SARA SHANE/ELAINE HOLLINGSWORTH.

MEETING SARA SHANE/ELAINE HOLLINGSWORTH.

March 26, 2019 Alan Royle 6

    Sara Shane & Gordon Scott in Tarzan’s Greatest Adventure (1959) A year or so ago I had the great pleasure and honour to spend five days chatting with a lady named Elaine Hollingsworth, a former Universal actress who performed under the name of Sara Shane in the 1950s on […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT112

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT112

March 8, 2019 Alan Royle 0

David Janssen – Gable’s illegitimate son? Clark Gable Berniece Dalton Janssen was Miss Nebraska of 1928 and one of the Ziegfeld Follies girls of 1930. A year later, the 21 year-old gave birth to a son who became actor David Janssen, star of the TV series The Fugitive in the […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT110.

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 […]

BILL & CAROLE & JEAN & CLARK.

BILL & CAROLE & JEAN & CLARK.

February 8, 2019 Alan Royle 0

March 29, 1939 – Gable & Lombard marry. William Powell was married to Carole Lombard from 1931 until 1933. The much-loved Carole was an out-going, often outrageous woman, prone to wild partying, raucous behaviour, and the use of appallingly bad language, if the mood took her. When they first met, […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT93.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT93.

December 26, 2018 Alan Royle 0

    Barbara Hale, William Hopper & Raymond Burr in Perry Mason        Fans of the Perry Mason TV series will no doubt remember William Hopper, son of gossip columnist Hedda, who played Perry’s assistant Paul Drake. During World War Two he served as a frogman with the US […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT92.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT92.

December 24, 2018 Alan Royle 4

The lovely May Wynn in The Caine Mutiny (1954) May at home with husband Jack Kelly Donna Lee Hickey was born in New York City in 1928. When she won the role of May Wynn in the 1954 classic The Caine Mutiny, she decided to change her acting name to that of […]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT7

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT7

November 24, 2018 Alan Royle 2

Sterling Hayden as Dix Handley in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Sterling Hayden was one of those actors who did not have to act tough. He was tough. Hayden made two movies in 1941, found time to wed British beauty Madeleine Carroll in February 1942, and then headed off to war. […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT72.

October 23, 2018 Alan Royle 4

Faye Dunaway in Chinatown (1974) Director Roman Polanski and his female lead in Chinatown (1974), Faye Dunaway, were embroiled in numerous on-set disputes throughout the shoot. At one time Polanski actually pulled out strands of her hair. Mostly, the arguments were about Dunaway demanding to know what her motivation was for various […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT68

October 15, 2018 Alan Royle 0

    Anastasia (1956) has often been referred to as Ingrid Bergman’s ‘Hollywood comeback’ film, but that is misleading. She had been effectively blacklisted by Hollywood since 1949 over the affair with director Roberto Rossellini that produced a child out of wedlock prior to their marriage. Studios refused to cast […]