WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT4.

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT4.

February 18, 2019 Alan Royle 2

    Gia Scala, James Darren, David Niven & Gregory Peck in The Guns of Navarone (1961) GUNS OF NAVARONE, THE (1961) World War Two – A mission to destroy a naval gun battery. There are a lot of things wrong with this movie but it is still entertaining enough. Gregory […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT3.

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT3.

February 14, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    James Mason & Danielle Darrieux  5 FINGERS (1952) World War Two – Espionage in Ankara, Turkey Possibly my favourite espionage movie of all time, thanks to the superbly convincing portrayal of the spy by James Mason and the delightful performance from Danielle Darrieux as the Countess Staviska (a […]

MY FAVOURITE SCREEN PAIRINGS (PT1)

MEMORABLE SCREEN PAIRINGS (PT1)

January 21, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  I was thinking about what made some movies so superior to others and why I found myself watching them time and again. Of course, a strong story, snappy script, interesting characters and a memorable soundtrack are major ingredients, but there was something more. It was the interaction between the […]

OSCAR ALSO-RANS

OSCAR ALSO-RANS

December 12, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Luise Rainer While there is no doubt that Hollywood admires actors and actresses who win Oscars, it is equally true that the industry only likes to employ those who make money, and to be able to do one does not necessarily mean you can do the other. Take Luise Rainer, […]

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THE ‘GOOD GAL’ ACTRESSES.

September 29, 2018 Alan Royle 2

  Selecting the 20 actresses that I felt might be really likeable, decent people to get to know, proved to be far more difficult than choosing the men. Why? Because I had to differentiate between likeability and desirability, a problem that never reared its head with the men. Each time […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT22.

June 17, 2018 Alan Royle 2

        Margaret ‘Hot Lips’ Houlihan (M.A.S.H.)                                 Loretta and her husband Dennis Holahan Loretta Swit portrayed Nurse Margaret ‘Hot Lips’ Houlihan in the enormously successful TV series M.A.S.H. from 1972 until 1983. In […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 11.

May 18, 2018 Alan Royle 2

Warren Beatty & Faye Dunaway in Bonnie & Clyde (1967) Before he agreed to play the role of Clyde Barrow in the 1967 hit Bonnie and Clyde, Warren Beatty was chasing the director’s job and had already chosen the two actors he wanted to play the title roles – his sister Shirley […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT9.

May 14, 2018 Alan Royle 4

                       Ali MacGraw & Robert Evans Steve McQueen’s performance in Papillon (1973) was overlooked when Oscar nominations were announced in 1974. The general feeling was that his stealing Ali MacGraw from Robert Evans, a very powerful studio executive, may well […]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT6.

March 31, 2018 Alan Royle 1

The two leads in Carnival Story (1954), Steve Cochran and Anne Baxter, did not enjoy each other’s company during the shoot. ‘One minute I was Mother Cabrini, helping him with his complicated love life’, Anne said later, ‘the next kicking him out of my tiny penthouse for attempted rape. He […]