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‘WRITTEN ON THE WIND’ (1956) – a trashy soap opera.

November 21, 2017 // 1 Comment

WRITTEN ON THE WIND (1956)                           I had the misfortune to again watch Written on the Wind recently, the first time I have done so since my grandparents took me to see the thing in 1958 at our local theatre. I was 11 years old. I didn’t like it then and I still don’t like it. It is a soap opera of the worst kind, one with scarcely any story, a mundane script [...]

B-LIST BEAUTIES – PT 3.

September 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

            PEGGIE CASTLE (1927 – 73)                  The Yellow Tomahawk (1954) opposite Rory Calhoun                                   Audie Murphy                                    Peggie Castle was a green-eyed blonde beauty from Appalachia, Virginia who, according to Hollywood lore, was discovered eating a shrimp cocktail in the seafood [...]

ROCK HUDSON – An all-time great sex symbol.

July 24, 2017 // 2 Comments

  In 1995, Empire magazine named the Top 100 Sexiest Stars in Movie History and Rock Hudson came in at # 28. Today, of course, he is best remembered for his sexuality rather than his appeal to female cinema-goers around the world. Rock was the first big star to be publicly ‘outed’ as a homosexual. His death from AIDS in 1985 exposed his lifelong battle to keep secret his gayness. In [...]

Did you know? Points of interest Pt. 24.

November 11, 2015 // 9 Comments

  Yesterday I stole 203 minutes out of the remainder of my life and watched the Liz Taylor, Rock Hudson and Jimmy Dean 1956 blockbuster Giant. I have certainly seen worse movies, but two hundred and three minutes! I found Rock and Liz to be far better than I expected, but I am still to understand what all the fuss was about Jimmy Dean. Half the time he was incoherent, the other half he was [...]

Stolen Oscars? Pt 4.

September 26, 2015 // 2 Comments

  Part 4 of ‘Stolen Oscars?’ focuses on 8 Supporting Actors and just 2 Supporting Actresses. 1944    Barry Fitzgerald in Going My Way Fitzgerald got his Oscar for virtually being himself. In fact, all his movie roles were very similar. In this picture he played an Irish priest, Father Fitzgibbon. Even the name was similar to his own. He made 50 movies and played an Irishman in every [...]

James Dean – over-rated nobody?

April 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

  James Dean’s mother died when he was nine. His father promised to attend the funeral, but never showed up, and Jimmy would resent him for the rest of his short life because of it. He once told Elizabeth Taylor of how he had been consistently molested by a trusted member of the clergy when he was just eleven years old. And this constant abuse had, understandably, affected him deeply. He [...]

ROCK HUDSON – Living in fear.

March 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

In the 1950s the number one heart-throb of women in America, indeed around the world, was a former mechanic known to the world of movies as Rock Hudson, a 6’5” (1.96m) slab of beefcake that every hot-blooded woman who attended the cinema wanted to take home with her. What they did not know; what most of Hollywood had known for years in fact, was that sexy, he-man Rock was as gay as a maypole. [...]