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Forties Movie Trivia – PT5.

February 25, 2018 // 4 Comments

Richard Jaeckel was a terrific character actor who racked up a total of 190 screen credits in his 51-year career. In 1943 he was a 17 year-old messenger boy at 20th Century Fox when he was cast as a US Marine private in his first picture Guadalcanal Diary. If you have ever wondered why it took so long to win the battle for ‘the Canal’, it might surprise you to learn that the actual island of [...]

The cast of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ (1964-7).

January 18, 2018 // 4 Comments

This immensely popular series commenced shooting in late 1963. In the very first shot of the opening credits, the American flag is quite evident, flying at half-mast. Not long before filming began, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas in November. Back in 1961, Newton Minow was head of the Federal Communications Commission in 1961. He made himself highly unpopular with the [...]

The best pictures – year by year – PT 1 (1939-44).

October 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

  I have often been flabbergasted or just plain disbelieving as the Academy ran out each year’s list of Oscar nominees, especially the Best Picture nominees, and time after time exceptional pictures simply did not make the list. Consequently, I thought I might (starting with 1939, the year movies came of age), examine each year since then, by first listing the nominees and winner; then [...]