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SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957) – a timeless classic.

November 23, 2017 // 2 Comments

SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957)                                            After deliberately punishing myself by recently sitting through the lamentable 1956 soap opera Written on the Wind, I felt I owed myself a treat, so I sat back and watched the brilliant Sweet Smell of Success (1957) for the umpteenth time. And it was still wonderful. The two pictures were made within 12 [...]

Luise Rainer – the forgotten star.

March 15, 2016 // 4 Comments

                             The lovely Luise Rainer is pretty much the forgotten star of Hollywood’s so-called Golden Era. The petite actress had all the assets necessary for screen success, but she was built of sterner stuff than her contemporaries when it came to ‘playing the Hollywood game’. Right from the beginning she set her own standards and never strayed from them. [...]

Actors in WW2 – The final word.

December 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Brilliant actor Sir Alec Guinness, who will probably (and unforgiveably) be best remembered by the general public for his portrayal of Obi-Wan-Kenobi in the Star Wars series of films, saw a lot of action during World War Two. This gentlest of men joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in 1941, became an officer a year later and, as the commander of a landing craft with twenty crewmen [...]