TV – When the western was king – PT1.

June 23, 2018 Alan Royle 2

There was a time, back in the fifties when television suddenly took off, that saw the western genre dominating the box. Scores of series were launched throughout the late forties, the fifties and sixties. Many of them lasted only a single season (even less), but others made a fortune for […]

BOYHOOD SCREEN CRUSHES

December 23, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  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 […]

MY TOP 20 BEST TV COMEDY SERIES OF ALL TIME. PT 2. 10-1

June 22, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  10                    M.A.S.H. (1972-83)                                       11 SEASONS   I know M.A.S.H. owes much of its popularity to Alan Alda’s portrayal of Benjamin ‘Hawkeye’ Pierce, but I was never overly enamoured by his character. I mean, nobody was a witticism in every sentence he utters every moment of his life! Besides, I […]

TV TID-BITS – PT 1.

December 14, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  BONANZA                                          Bonanza was shot at Paramount until 1970 when it was moved to Stage 14 at Warner Bros for its final three seasons. The Ponderosa Ranch House was built […]

The loves in the life of Marilyn Monroe Pt.3

April 14, 2016 admin 3

  In 1955 the director of On the Waterfront and Gentleman’s Agreement, Elia Kazan, wrote a letter of confession to his wife, apologizing for having an affair with Marilyn Monroe in 1950, just after her agent Johnny Hyde had passed away. Kazan came across her when she was distraught and […]

A bit of TV nostalgia.

January 11, 2016 admin 4

  As a follow-up to the Nielsen Ratings of the very top TV shows year by year in the USA, I thought I might take a crack at listing MY favourite programs down the decades. Not one of them reached the top, by the way. I have also highlighted the […]

Old TV Shows – more trivia.

November 23, 2015 admin 0

  Leonard Nimoy, the future Mr. Spock in the Star Trek series, served a stint in the US Army where he reached the rank of sergeant. In 1955 he suggested to an old army buddy named Ken Berry that he go to California and try to make it as a […]

ROBERT MITCHUM – an all-time great.

July 28, 2015 admin 3

  Mitchum’s father was killed in an accident when he was just two years old. As a teenager Bob criss-crossed the country as a train hobo until he was arrested at 15, charged with being ‘a suspicious character with no visible means of support’. He spent that summer on a […]

Gay/Bisexual Actors in Old TV Shows ( Pt 4 )

June 24, 2015 admin 6

  Dick Sargent ( 1930 – 94) Dick Sargent was the original choice to play the male lead in the Bewitched series, but other commitments caused him to surrender the opportunity to Dick York. York was very good as Darrin Stephens, but suffered from a chronic back complaint that resulted […]

Gay/Bisexual actors in old TV Series ( Pt 1 )

June 15, 2015 admin 2

    Wilfrid Brambell (1912 – 1985) Steptoe & Son An Irishman from Belfast, Brambell shot to prominence in the 60s playing the irascible, dirty old Steptoe in this popular British sitcom. He also featured in the Beatles’ first film A Hard Day’s Night (1964). Shortly before filming began he […]