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THE WORST ‘BEST PICTURE’ IN HISTORY.

March 3, 2018 // 6 Comments

  There has been no shortage of lousy movies that have somehow picked up the ‘Best Picture’ Oscar in their year. Often, that happened simply because there was nothing of much value churned out in that particular year. But not always. In 1952 the nomination list contained a couple of quite good movies, The Quiet Man and Ivanhoe, two over-rated ones, High Noon and Moulin Rouge, and one [...]

The Romances of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco.

June 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

    The stunning American actress Grace Kelly only made eleven movies in her brief but spectacular career. By most accounts she made hay with most of her leading men while the sun shone. But not all of them. Her supporters argue that she was basically seeking a father substitute to compensate for her own father’s aloofness, that she was neither promiscuous in the true sense, nor [...]

‘Hollywood – The Skeletons Are Out’ – a sampling

October 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

  My latest book is titled Hollywood: The Skeletons Are Out. It contains 1,200 direct quotes by actors and directors about themselves, their colleagues and their films. Here is a random two dozen of them:   Young Joan Collins When Joan Collins was asked if she was ever unfaithful, she replied: ‘Yes, but only on location. I used to say, ‘it doesn’t count on location.’ Everybody was [...]

7 actors who recorded #1hit singles.

March 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Ever since Billboard has been used to assess the popularity of single recordings there have been a few actors who have unexpectedly surprised us by recording songs that went all the way to the top of the charts. There were two in 1957, one in 1958, one in 1962, one in 1964, another in 1970 and a seventh in 1976. Of course, there have been a great many singers who have gone on to become big [...]

JOHN WAYNE – The man and the myth.

October 14, 2015 // 8 Comments

  A lot has been written about John Wayne and his early days as an actor in ‘B’ westerns during the 1930s, although even he thought ‘B-Grade’ was rather over-generous description. ‘Hell, they were a lot farther down the alphabet than that’, he recalled. And they were, too. Rock bottom in his career was probably reached when he played ‘Singin’ Sandy [...]

GARY COOPER – The ultimate movie star.

June 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

  He was born Frank Cooper in Helena, Montana, but his agent was born in Gary, Indiana, so his hometown was chosen for Coops’ Christian name. After all, the name Gary Cooper had a certain masculinity that Helena Cooper seemed to lack. A car accident in his youth broke Coop’s hip and left him with a permanent limp. This, plus his deafness in one ear, kept the gangling star out of WW2. [...]

GRACE KELLY – Man-eater extraordinaire.

February 6, 2015 // 4 Comments

    Every once in a while an actress comes along with whom the camera seems to fall in love. Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo were three one could name, but even these beauties took a back seat to Grace Kelly. She only made eleven movies, yet she will be remembered forever, not just as Her Serene Highness, Princess Grace of Monaco, but as Amy in High Noon (1952), Linda in [...]