MOVIE TRIVIA – PT116.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT116.

March 22, 2019 Alan Royle 2

The stunning Linda Darnell Nineteen year-old Linda Darnell was supposed to play the role of Vivian Potter in 1943’s The Gang’s All Here, but then she up and married 41 year-old cinematographer J. Peverell Marley and her boss, the predatory Darryl F. Zanuck at 20th Century Fox, was anything but […]

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. […]

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 […]

Darryl F. Zanuck – the last tycoon.

March 28, 2017 Alan Royle 5

  If anyone epitomized the Hollywood studio system it was Darryl F. Zanuck. His rise to power is quite extraordinary given he was minimally educated and barely literate. Born in Wahoo, Nebraska in 1902 to an alcoholic father and the daughter of Wahoo’s only hotel owner, Darryl was abandoned by […]

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On-set fatalities in Hollywood movies.

November 22, 2016 Alan Royle 1

Movie-making has cost the lives of quite a few of those involved in the process. Stuntmen, cameramen, assistants, extras, plus the occasional director and actor have lost their lives down the decades. This is not a definitive list, not by a long shot, but it does demonstrate the perils that […]

Did you know?

August 28, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  IRINA DEMICK (1936-2004)                       Irina was born Irina Dziemiach to Russian/Polish parents in France in 1936. She became a highly paid model, appeared in a French film, then met Hollywood movie mogul Darryl F Zanuck, a notorious womanizer who […]

The loves in the life of Marilyn Monroe Pt 1.

April 10, 2016 admin 12

  Jim Dougherty was Marilyn’s first husband back when she was known simply as Norma Jean Mortenson, and long before her transformation into the iconic sex symbol that was Marilyn Monroe. ‘I never knew Marilyn Monroe’, he told United Press International in 1990. ‘I knew and loved Norma Jean.’ They […]

More tragic Hollywood.

December 5, 2015 admin 0

                              Lord Richard Attenborough starred as the creator of Jurassic Park. Three of his family members lost their lives in Phuket, Thailand when the devastating Boxing Day tsunami hit the Pacific Rim in 2004. His daughter Jane, […]

Joan Collins – England’s iconic beauty.

November 19, 2015 admin 2

      Joan Collins was born in London in 1933. Her father was a Jewish man from South African, a moderately successful agent whose later clients would briefly include The Beatles, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey. Joan signed a contract in England with J. Arthur Rank at the age […]