THE BEST OSCAR YEARS – 1939 & 1950.

THE BEST OSCAR YEARS – 1939 & 1950.

April 5, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in GWTW (1939)         The Academy Awards is a competition, but it is one that has seldom been conducted on a level playing field. A winner one year may very well not even have been nominated in a stronger year. Historically, the two […]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT2

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT2

November 10, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Michael Caine as Peachy Carnehan in The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and Sean Connery as Daniel Dravot Michael Caine and Sean Connery were the fifth intended pairing for Rudyard Kipling’s terrific The Man Who Would be King to be transferred to the screen. In the fifties it was to […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT77.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT77.

November 2, 2018 Alan Royle 6

Ali MacGraw & Robert Evans Robert Evans bought the rights to the novel The Great Gatsby in 1971, his intention being to have his wife Ali MacGraw play Daisy. A shooting script was not quite ready yet, so Ali went off to star in The Getaway (1972) opposite Steve McQueen […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT65.

October 9, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Gary Cooper was 55 years of age when he played Jess Birdwell in Friendly Persuasion (1956). He was far too old for the part, yet found time to complain about the casting of Dorothy McGuire. She was a poor actress, he declared, and not nearly attractive enough to play his […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT57.

September 17, 2018 Alan Royle 4

The Audie Murphy Memorial in Holtzwir, France To Hell and Back (1955) is a biopic about Audie L. Murphy, America’s most decorated soldier of World War Two. Thirty year-old Murphy plays himself. He dreaded re-enacting one particular scene in which his closest friend (Brandon) stands up while the company is […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT39.

August 2, 2018 Alan Royle 6

                  John Wayne accepts Gary Cooper’s Oscar for High Noon John Wayne and Ward Bond, two staunch supporters of the Senator McCarthy witch-hunts of the late forties and early fifties, were incensed over Carl Foreman’s screenplay for High Noon (1952), which they knew […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT38.

July 31, 2018 Alan Royle 2

     Greg Bautzer & Joan Crawford at the Stork Club                                          Bautzer and his wife Dana Wynter The Hollywood playboy attorney Greg Bautzer spoke from experience when he said of […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT31.

July 9, 2018 Alan Royle 10

In the novel on which the 1982 movie First Blood is based, Rambo kills eighteen people, among them Deputy Sargent Galt, whose stomach he slices open with a razor! Even though most critics found the film to be ‘too violent’, it is interesting to note that Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) does […]