dame judith anderson

IN THE BEGINNING…PT 1.

November 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

  I like to examine the backgrounds of actors and actresses, to see where they came from and how they got started in the movie business. I suppose I wonder, like most cinema fans, how ordinary people go from school plays or local amateur theatre to television and, ultimately, the movies. It is surprising how many big name players were not born where we expected them to be born, in unusual [...]

Four memorable lady movie villains.

July 23, 2016 // 2 Comments

  The history of movies is literally riddled with iconic male villains, but not so many women have been fortunate enough to sink their teeth into a genuinely meaty, nasty role. One of the first (and best) appeared in Hitchcock’s 1940 classic Rebecca. Dame Judith Anderson positively oozed malevolence as Mrs. Danvers, although she did receive a little help from the director. Hitch, with his [...]

MICHAEL CAINE – A movie-making machine?

March 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Thirty year-old Michael Caine went to London to audition for the role of Private Henry Hook in Zulu (1964), but was informed on his arrival that it had already gone to Cockney actor James Booth. As an afterthought the producer asked him if he could do an aristocratic accent for the much larger part of Lieutenant Bromhead. He could, and was given the second lead in what turned out to be a [...]