LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT5.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT5.

April 6, 2020 Alan Royle 2

The 1986 film Heartbreak Ridge is a pretty lame war picture that culminates in the real-life USMC invasion of the Caribbean island nation of Grenada in October 1983. The assault was successful inside four days but was not the ‘walk in the park’ depicted in this picture, although the outcome […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT3.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT3.

March 10, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  The 1970 abomination titled Ned Kelly was initially intended as a vehicle for Albert Finney in the title role back in 1964 but it never happened. Instead, someone with a warped sense of humour reached the ludicrous conclusion that Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger could portray the iconic Aussie […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT151.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT151.

March 1, 2020 Alan Royle 0

  Angela Lansbury in Murder, She Wrote If you ever wondered why most actors and actresses jump at the chance to star in their own television series, it is worth comparing payments in the case of English-born actress Angela Lansbury. For her first movie role in Gaslight (1944), for which […]

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THE ‘GOOD GAL’ ACTRESSES.

September 29, 2018 Alan Royle 4

  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 […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT49.

August 30, 2018 Alan Royle 0

  Many of the characters in Singin’ in the Rain (1952) are based on real people in Hollywood history. R.F. Simpson, the studio head, is a parody of L. B. Mayer; director Roscoe Dexter is a thinly disguised Erich von Stroheim; Dora Bailey is obviously a caricature of Louella Parsons; […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT47.

August 20, 2018 Alan Royle 2

    Hugh Glass Man in the Wilderness (1971) is often mistakenly thought to be a sequel to the 1970 film A Man Called Horse, presumably because Richard Harris stars in both pictures, but Harris plays two entirely different characters in each picture. The 1971 film is based on a true […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT46.

August 18, 2018 Alan Royle 1

Leo McKern as Rumpole of the Bailey The Australian actor Leo McKern, best known for his portrayal of the title character in the TV series Rumpole of the Bailey, once unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of ‘Pockets’ in Hatari (1962), the part eventually going to American actor Red Buttons. McKern always […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT43

August 10, 2018 Alan Royle 7

Fairbanks and his famous sail stunt in The Black Pirate The 1926 silent feature The Black Pirate starred Douglas Fairbanks in arguably his most famous role. It certainly contained his most memorable stunt, one that saw him slide down the mainsail using his rapier to slow his descent! In 1952 Errol […]

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FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN-BORN ACTRESSES – PT2.

July 17, 2018 Alan Royle 0

FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN-BORN ACTRESSES – PT2 My favourite top 10 Australian-born actresses:           10        TERESA PALMER      (Adelaide, South Australia 1986)                           Teresa & Stuart Dew                      […]

SIXTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT4.

April 26, 2018 Alan Royle 5

     Joan Collins & Bing Crosby Rumours abounded that Joan Collins was having an affair with Bing Crosby during the making of Road to Hong Kong (1962). Nothing could have been further from the truth. She found him disgusting, particularly his pipe-smoker’s habit of clearing his throat by spitting globules […]