A COUPLE OF HITCHCOCK ‘DUDS’.

A COUPLE OF HITCHCOCK ‘DUDS’.

March 18, 2019 Alan Royle 4

            Rod Taylor & Tippi Hedren in The Birds (1963) One day, before I die, I would like someone to explain to me just why Alfred Hitchcock’s pitifully weak 1963 ‘thriller’, The Birds, is considered to be a classic by so many so-called cinema experts. The […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT110.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT110.

March 2, 2019 Alan Royle 2

Doris Day at the peak of her beauty and talent The real Ruth Etting with her ‘benefactor’ Martin Snyder Love Me or Leave Me (1955) is one of the very best musical biopics ever made, thanks to superb performances from Doris Day and James Cagney, coupled with Daniel Fuchs’ Oscar-winning […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT63.

October 5, 2018 Alan Royle 2

Much of the werewolf mythology we accept as gospel these days was actually made up when the 1935 production Werewolf of London was written and filmed. They came up with the notion that being bitten by a werewolf turns you into one; that a werewolf changes under a full moon […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 62.

October 1, 2018 Alan Royle 3

  Anne Baxter & Montgomery Clift in I Confess (1953) The 1953 Hitchcock drama I Confess starred Montgomery Clift as a Roman Catholic priest. Anne Baxter played his lover. The Republic of Ireland banned the picture in its entirety because Baxter’s character and Clift’s character were in a relationship, even though that […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT36

July 27, 2018 Alan Royle 0

                          Wanda Hendrix & Audie Murphy in Sierra                     Lovely Paramount actress Wanda Hendrix married war hero Audie Murphy after a two-year engagement, but the union was a disaster. He […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT8.

May 12, 2018 Alan Royle 2

    Burt Reynolds & Sally Field in Smokey & the Bandit (1977) Burt Reynolds had been smitten with Sally Field for some time, ever since he saw her debut in Gidget on TV in 1965, and wanted her for the role of Carrie in Smokey and the Bandit (1977). She had […]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT1.

March 13, 2018 Alan Royle 2

The Moon is Blue (1953) is a pretty tame picture, yet it was the first post-Hayes mainstream Hollywood movie to use the words ‘virgin’, ‘seduce’ and ‘mistress’ (in the sexual partner sense). The mere utterance of these three words was enough to get the picture banned from theatres in Boston, […]

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1940s & 50s – When singers could sing.

September 8, 2017 Alan Royle 3

THE ANDREWS SISTERS – L to R Maxene (1916 – 95), Patty (1916 – 2013) & LaVerne (1911-67)  Whichever way you look at it the Andrews Sisters were a uniformly unattractive trio, yet they were a phenomenally successful singing group, especially during World War Two. Maxene was the dominant one […]