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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT45.

August 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

   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 ended up going to James Dean. When Dean turned down the part of Basil the sculptor in The Silver Chalice, Newman quickly (but unwisely) accepted it. It was a terrible part in [...]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT3.

March 17, 2018 // 3 Comments

In the 1955 Hitchcock picture To Catch a Thief, there is a scene in which John Robie (Cary Grant) is discussing the cook’s ‘sensitive hands’ with an insurance agent and casually mentions that those hands once strangled a German general without a sound. For German audiences, however, the words were changed and he tells the man she had once caught a lion escaped from a circus with her bare [...]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT1.

March 13, 2018 // 2 Comments

The Moon is Blue (1953) is a pretty tame picture, yet it was the first post-Hayes mainstream Hollywood movie to use the words ‘virgin’, ‘seduce’ and ‘mistress’ (in the sexual partner sense). The mere utterance of these three words was enough to get the picture banned from theatres in Boston, Massachusetts. Director Otto Preminger shot two versions of the movie, one in English and one [...]

PIER ANGELI (1932-71) – A casualty of stardom, adulation and the high life.

August 29, 2017 // 4 Comments

  PIER ANGELI (1932-71)                                      Anna Maria Pierangeli was born in Sardinia in 1932 and would one day evolve into Hollywood movie star Pier Angeli. Her twin sister, Maria Luisa, would also change her name and achieve limited screen success as Marisa Pavan. The family moved to Rome when the girls were three, and then to California in 1950. [...]

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?

November 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Director Dorothy Arzner & Crawford ‘I like to think that every director I’ve worked with has fallen a little in love with me’, Joan Crawford once confided in an interview none too modestly. ‘I know Dorothy Arzner did’. No surprises there. Given her well-documented sexual orientation Dorothy may well have fallen in love with many of her leading ladies over the years. When it [...]

‘Gilligan’s Island’ – was it really over FIFTY years ago?

September 5, 2016 // 6 Comments

  Gilligan’s Island popped onto our TV screens back in the sixties and, like I Love Lucy, it has just stayed there and stayed there and…The more I think about it (which I admit is not often), most of us probably watch the thing because it is forever cluttering up our TV screens at some hour of the day or night. The entire premise of Gilligan’s Island is absurd, annoyingly so. I was a [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 2.

July 27, 2016 // 6 Comments

  ANDRESS, Ursula                –           DEREK, John                        1957 to 1966 (div.)       Ursula and Jean-Paul Belmondo Ursula today A good seven years before she waded out of the Caribbean and into movie legend with her debut in the first Bond film Dr No (1962), Swiss-born Ursula Andress met the fading movie star John [...]

Paul Newman – Did he harbor a secret?

February 12, 2016 // 12 Comments

  Not many superstars begin their careers with an out and out ‘lemon’, but Paul Newman certainly did. After popping up in a dozen or so TV series between 1949 and 1954, when the television industry was still finding its feet, he landed the romantic lead in a sandals and togas drama called The Silver Chalice (1954). And it very nearly sunk his career there and then. Even his character’s [...]

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 [...]
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