david niven

STARS WHO WENT TO WAR 1939-45 – PT 1.

July 21, 2018 // 6 Comments

  A great many members of the movie community were quick to enlist and to serve their country in World War Two. Below is a shortened list of actors who served. Not all were movie stars at the time, but David Niven, Tyrone Power, James Stewart, Clark Gable, Lew Ayres, Louis Hayward, Robert Montgomery and Wayne Morris were willing to risk their careers in the service of their country.  This [...]

More Thirties Movie Trivia – PT3

February 7, 2018 // 1 Comment

      Ann Miller                                               in You Can’t Take It With You You Can’t Take it with You (1938) was dancer Ann Miller’s ninth movie as an adult, yet she was just 14 years old at the time of shooting! She had managed to procure a fake birth certificate that said she was born in 1919 when, in fact, her birthdate was April 12, 1923. [...]

The many loves of Rita Hayworth

August 7, 2017 // 4 Comments

  RITA HAYWORTH (1918-87) As a teenager Margarita Cansino (Rita Hayworth) was sexually abused by her abominable father, a Latin dancer named Eduardo Cansino, who not only abused her himself, but rented her out to his cronies. When she confided this to her husband Orson Welles he was rightly appalled. ‘He was a terrible man and she hated him’, said Welles. In her later years Rita took a [...]

Did you know?

January 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Fifty or more years after The Magnificent Seven first graced our screens in 1960, it is still the second-most repeated movie on American television. Only Casablanca is shown more. Actor James Coburn could thank a scheduled strike by the Screen Actors Guild for his opportunity to star in it. He could also thank his friend and fellow thespian Robert Vaughn.     Robert Vaughn in The [...]

Did you know? (H)

July 7, 2016 // 4 Comments

    David and Merle At the Hollywood Criket Club circa 1936 David Niven and the exquisite Merle Oberon were in the throes of their quite public affair when they starred together in the 1936 film Beloved Enemy. Merle was on the rebound from her romance with Leslie Howard, her co-star in The Scarlet Pimpernel. Niven had met her in London a few years earlier, before he was an actor and when [...]

The exquisite Grace Kelly.

March 13, 2016 // 10 Comments

  Fans of Grace Kelly (and I am one of them, believe it or not) are probably going to jump up and down if they read this, and accuse me of ‘muck-raking’ or, at best, sensationalising her track record (or should I say ‘sack’ record) with members of the opposite sex. Be that as it may, there is a plethora of sources to draw from when it comes to Grace and her penchant for [...]

David Niven – a true gentleman.

December 22, 2015 // 3 Comments

  David Niven’s first wife, Primula Rollo, (known as Primmie) died in a tragic household accident several months before he made The Bishop’s Wife in 1947. The couple had been married since 1940 and were visiting Tyrone Power’s home when a game of ‘hide and seek’ was suggested by someone. In the dark Primmie opened what she thought was a closet door, but happened to be [...]

Did you know? Points of interest Pt. 16

October 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Whenever any discussion takes place about former cowboy star Buck Jones, sooner or later it will include the ‘fact’ that he sacrificed his life saving others back in 1942 when the Cocoanut Grove Night Club in Boston burnt down killing 492 patrons. For decades it was generally accepted that Jones had escaped the conflagration, but then lost his life returning (more than once) to drag or [...]

PETER USTINOV – A truly great man

October 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Few character actors can boast a resume like that of the late Peter Ustinov, probably because few possessed the extraordinary qualities he possessed. Not only was he an outstanding actor in both movies and stage plays, but he was also a successful writer, director, producer, journalist and raconteur. He spoke fluent French, Russian, Italian, German, as well as his native English. He [...]

Stolen Oscars? Pt. 3

September 24, 2015 // 10 Comments

  Part 3 of ‘Stolen Oscars?’ looks at some of the individual Academy Award winners who, for want of a better word, purloined their statuettes. I shall start with the Best Actor category. 1930/1             Lionel Barrymore for A Free Soul I haven’t actually seen any of the other nominated performances for this year, but if this was supposed to be the best of them, then I [...]
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