‘THE GREAT ESCAPE’ (1963)

‘THE GREAT ESCAPE’ (1963)

February 26, 2020 Alan Royle 2

The Great Escape (1963) is often talked about as Steve McQueen’s movie but there are a number of fine performances in this fine film, particularly those of James Garner, James Donald, Hannes Messemer and Donald Pleasence. Of course, McQueen was given the showiest part and he squeezed every drop out […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT13

November 25, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  JUDY GARLAND:                                                              [On her days at MGM] ‘MGM had us working days and nights on end. They’d give us pep-up pills to keep us on our feet long after we were exhausted. Then they’d take us to the studio hospital and knock us cold with sleeping pills…Then after […]

IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY…

August 9, 2019 Alan Royle 10

    Station promo for opening night October 16, 1959 Television came to my home town of Perth, Western Australia at 5.30 pm, Friday, October 16, 1959. I was 12 years old and living with my grand-parents in East Fremantle, about 13 miles south of Perth, at the time. My […]

KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY – PT3.

July 7, 2019 Alan Royle 0

                     NOAH BEERY (1882 – 1946) Like his younger brother, Wallace, Noah Beery hailed from Kansas City, Missouri in the 1880s. He made his stage debut at 16 before following Wallace into films in the early days of the motion picture […]

THE GOOD OLD SIXTIES

July 4, 2019 Alan Royle 2

  I was a ‘baby-boomer’, born in 1947, and grew up in Fremantle, Western Australia, in an era when drive-in movies were the big thing during the 1960s. My mates and my brothers and I would zoom off to the drive-in, two or three times a week during the summer […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT9.

March 30, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  36 HOURS (1964) – World War Two This is an intriguing black and white feature, a slice of Hollywood hokum, cleverly done and well-acted. The story, however, is as far-fetched as it can get. It stars three of my favourite actors – James Garner, Rod Taylor and Eva Marie […]

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THE ‘GOOD GUY’ ACTORS

September 27, 2018 Alan Royle 2

  Down the decades there have always been actors and actresses that have come across on the screen as genuinely nice people, the kind of men and women one would assume must be a really fine people to get to know away from the screen. Of course, looks can be […]

TV – When the western was king – PT1.

June 23, 2018 Alan Royle 4

There was a time, back in the fifties when television suddenly took off, that saw the western genre dominating the box. Scores of series were launched throughout the late forties, the fifties and sixties. Many of them lasted only a single season (even less), but others made a fortune for […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 21.

June 11, 2018 Alan Royle 0

                           the incomparable Ava                                    with boyfriend Peter Lawford Ava Gardner’s very physical affair with the bisexual Peter Lawford ended, or so […]

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STEVE MCQUEEN – Not a nice guy.

August 17, 2017 Alan Royle 27

  Steve McQueen’s mother was a prostitute, his father a circus stuntman and neither cared a fig about their boy. He lost his virginity at 13 to an obese teenaged hooker who accepted candy for sex. At 16 he was a towel boy in a brothel and encouraged to sample […]