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DRUGS IN THE SILENT ERA PT 1.

January 20, 2018 // 3 Comments

  If you have ever wondered about the origins of drug use in Hollywood, when it started and how widespread its use may have been, then this article should provide at least a partial answer to those questions. These days, the practice of snorting coke at parties, even on some sets, is probably presumed by most fans to be a product of the wild seventies and eighties. Far from it. Try, instead, the [...]

The Quigley Poll of Top Box-office stars PT 1. (1915-43)

July 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

  The Quigley Publications Poll determined the top box-office stars each year. Here are the winners for each year from 1915 until 2013 – Part 1 (1915-43). 1915       William S. Hart 1916       William S. Hart Hart hailed from New York where he became famous for his 1899 portrayal of Messala in ‘Ben-Hur, but it was his movies as a western hero that won him the first [...]

The Bennetts of York, WA -Australia’s first Hollywood stars.

February 24, 2016 // 2 Comments

Before Rod Taylor arrived in Hollywood in the fifties there had been other Australians who had made their marks on the American movie industry. In fact, even before Rex ‘Snowy’ Baker’s short, uneven movie career sputtered to a halt, a little lady named Enid Bennett tasted silent movie stardom in Hollywood opposite the biggest names in the business. Guildford Grammar School The Bennett House [...]