WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT25.

June 14, 2020 Alan Royle 2

KURT KASZNAR (1913 – 79)                    A character actor whose face is better known than his name, Kurt Kasznar was an Austrian from Vienna who moved to the USA at a young age. Drafted into the US Army and trained as a cinematographer, he was assigned to a photographic unit in […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT23.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT23.

April 21, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  BRIAN KEITH:                                                       [On being diagnosed with lung cancer, shortly before he took his own life with a gun in 1997] ‘I was willing to deal with the emphysema, but now I don’t think there’s much point in trying to live on. Forgive me, but I don’t want to live […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT12.

November 13, 2019 Alan Royle 0

        CLINT EASTWOOD:                                                         [On surviving a plane crash in the early fifties] ‘They had one plane, a Douglas AD, sort of a torpedo bomber of World War Two vintage, and I thought I’d hitch on that. Everything went wrong. Radios went out. Oxygen ran out. And finally […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT56.

September 15, 2018 Alan Royle 4

In my movie collection is the 1992 Sean Connery-Lorraine Bracco film Medicine Man, one of those pictures that critics in their unchallenged wisdom chose to lambast from the moment it was released. As director John McTiernan said, ‘If the press hadn’t defined it as an action movie, it probably wouldn’t […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT45.

August 14, 2018 Alan Royle 0

   James Dean & Paul Newman screen testing                                          Dean with girlfriend Pier Angeli Paul Newman was a finalist for the Cal Trask role in East of Eden (1955), but it […]

FORTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 6.

March 11, 2018 Alan Royle 10

                     George Raft George Raft turned down the leads in High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon (both in 1941), thereby giving Humphrey Bogart’s career a huge kick-start. Contrary to public opinion though, he never turned down Casablanca (1942). Why? Because he […]

Past Oscar-winners – some observations – Pt 3.

October 9, 2016 Alan Royle 0

    1949               All the King’s Men – Best Picture                         Broderick Crawford – Best Actor for All the King’s Men   Broderick Crawford Greg Peck as General Savage in Twelve O’Clock High Having seen all five nominated films for 1949, I am surprised that All the King’s Men came out on […]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 13.

September 15, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  CATES, Phoebe                                KLINE, Kevin                                   1989 –   Phoebe Cates is a New Yorker of Jewish/Russian/Chinese descent. Her teenage years saw her on the covers of several teen magazines including ‘Seventeen’, ‘Elle’ and ‘British Vogue’. She even adorned an edition of ‘Andy Warhol’s Interview’. At nineteen she made quite […]

Frank Sinatra and the Mob.

April 6, 2016 admin 6

  It would most likely surprise fans of Frank Sinatra to learn that at his birth in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1915 he weighed an enormous 13.5 lbs! He would, however, grow up to be a very slight 5’7” (1.7m). His forceps delivery left a permanent scar on his face […]