MOVIE TRIVIA – PT117.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT117.

April 1, 2019 Alan Royle 8

    (L to R) Barbara Parkins, Sharon Tate & Patty Duke                                 Jacqueline Susann based the book on which the 1967 film of the same title, Valley of the Dolls, on a number of people […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT3.

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT3.

February 14, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    James Mason & Danielle Darrieux  5 FINGERS (1952) World War Two – Espionage in Ankara, Turkey Possibly my favourite espionage movie of all time, thanks to the superbly convincing portrayal of the spy by James Mason and the delightful performance from Danielle Darrieux as the Countess Staviska (a […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT84

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT84

December 4, 2018 Alan Royle 0

    Marlon Brando & Karl Malden in One-Eyed Jacks (1961) One-Eyed Jacks (1961) was to have been directed by Stanley Kubrick at a budgeted cost of $1.8 million, but then Kubrick left and the picture’s star, Marlon Brando, took over as director. Day one, ominously, saw him throw away the script […]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES PT3

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES PT3

November 12, 2018 Alan Royle 0

  CELESTE HOLM as Liz Imbrie with Frank Sinatra  in High Society (1956)   Celeste and husband Frank Basile Although Celeste Holm appeared in some wonderful movies, even winning a Supporting Actress Oscar for Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), she much preferred stage work and returned there at every opportunity. Indeed, it […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT64.

October 7, 2018 Alan Royle 2

  Kitty Kelley Biographer Kitty Kelley wrote His Way in 1986, an unauthorised biography of Frank Sinatra. In it she told of his numerous conquests that included Nancy Reagan, whom he visited at the White House for romantic trysts while her husband the President of the United States was away […]

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ITALIAN/AMERICAN SINGERS/ACTORS PT1

August 22, 2018 Alan Royle 2

 Frank Sinatra recording on Capitol   as Maggio in From Here to Eternity    with his wife Ava Gardner There has never been a shortage of Italian/American singer/actors down the decades, so I thought I might write a little about the more accomplished ones. It would be fair to say that […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT6

May 8, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Ava Gardner in 55 Days at Peking (1963) Ava Gardner had a long-running nervous breakdown during the making of 55 Days at Peking (1963). She was drunk on several days, continually demanded rewrites, and was extremely difficult to deal with. Charlton Heston stated that her character, Baroness Natalie Ivanoff, was killed off […]