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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT46.

August 18, 2018 // 1 Comment

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 claimed that he missed out on the role because he was not impressed with director [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 13.

May 22, 2018 // 3 Comments

                                         The delightful Leslie Caron in Gigi (1958) The three leads in Gigi (1958), Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan and Maurice Chevalier, were all born in France. Unfortunately, Leslie’s French accent had completely disappeared by the time she was chosen to play the title character, so her singing had to be dubbed in its entirety by Betty [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT8.

May 12, 2018 // 2 Comments

    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 recently completed the rather dark Sybil (1976) and was in search of a lighter, fun vehicle, so she accepted the role. She and [...]

My 30 favorite screen villains – PT2 (20-11)

April 12, 2018 // 0 Comments

20        JOAQUIN PHOENIX as Commodus in GLADIATOR (2000) I have often wondered if Joaquin Phoenix resents Russell Crowe for stealing his thunder in Gladiator. Crowe was so good in the title role that Joaquin tended to be forever in his shadow which must have been frustrating because Phoenix really gave an outstanding performance. When he suddenly bellowed, ‘Am I not merciful?’ in [...]

SIXTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT1

April 4, 2018 // 7 Comments

The American backers for the projected James Bond film Dr No (1962) were unimpressed with Sean Connery’s test footage. Co-producer Cubby Broccoli sent a memo to his partner Harry Saltzman: ‘Feel we can do better.’ In fact, they could not do better at all. Cary Grant, James Mason, Michael Redgrave, David Niven and Rex Harrison were all established stars and were not about to handcuff [...]

BOYHOOD SCREEN CRUSHES

December 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

  There were five of us who hung around together in East Fremantle in the fifties. We weren’t a gang or anything like that. We just kicked a footy together in the park across the road, played cricket in Fremantle, bashed golf balls wherever we could, went to the movies once a week and prayed to meet a girl (any girl) who didn’t look at us like we were infectious bugs. Singer Dinah Shore [...]

RANDOM SNAPSHOTS – PT8.

November 13, 2017 // 0 Comments

Jennifer Jones (1919 – 2009)                                            On November 9, 1967 the 48 year-old Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Jones booked into a motel near Malibu Beach, swallowed a large quantity of Seconal and was discovered unconscious at the foot of a 400 foot cliff. The press tried to make something of the fact that Charles Bickford, her elderly [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 14.

September 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

  CILENTO, Diane                              CONNERY, Sean                              1962 – 73 (div.)   Australian actress Diane Cilento is all but unknown today to international audiences. If not for her marriage to the first James Bond, Sean Connery, her career might be pretty much forgotten. Even her Oscar nomination for Best [...]

The making of the first Bond film – ‘Dr No’ (1962)

August 12, 2016 // 8 Comments

  In 1961 author Ian Fleming sold a six-month option to all his James Bond novels and short stories (those already penned and future ones), with the exception of Casino Royale, which he had previously sold, to entrepreneur Harry Saltzman. Harry formed Eon Productions with Albert R. ‘Cubby’ Broccoli, and they started looking around for a director and an actor to play Bond. Ian Fleming, [...]

How important are the correct accents to movie-making?

June 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

  I suppose if you asked movie buffs who is the best movie star when it comes to delivering a bona fide accent, the response would be a deafening roar of, ‘MERYL STREEP!’ And they would be right. But is an appropriate accent essential to the making of a fine movie, or does it depend on the content matter and the star involved. One would expect that a movie based on fact is more likely to [...]
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