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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT41

August 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

      Ann as Becky Thatcher                                             Ann with Alan Gifford in Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey                Ann Gillis played Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938). Director Norman Taurog gave the 10 year-old no direction, whatsoever, not even when she was required to be hysterical in one scene. The [...]

STARS WHO WENT TO WAR 1939-45 – PT 1.

July 21, 2018 // 6 Comments

  A great many members of the movie community were quick to enlist and to serve their country in World War Two. Below is a shortened list of actors who served. Not all were movie stars at the time, but David Niven, Tyrone Power, James Stewart, Clark Gable, Lew Ayres, Louis Hayward, Robert Montgomery and Wayne Morris were willing to risk their careers in the service of their country.  This [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT28.

July 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

             Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon                     Greer & her husband Richard Ney                     Teresa Wright, Ney & Garson in Mrs Miniver I just watched Mrs. Miniver (1942) on television (yet again), and once again the performance by Greer Garson is as superb as ever. It has not dated one iota. No wonder she was LB Mayer’s favourite. [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT6

May 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Ava Gardner in 55 Days at Peking (1963) Ava Gardner had a long-running nervous breakdown during the making of 55 Days at Peking (1963). She was drunk on several days, continually demanded rewrites, and was extremely difficult to deal with. Charlton Heston stated that her character, Baroness Natalie Ivanoff, was killed off so that the producers and director did not have to put up with her [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT5

May 6, 2018 // 2 Comments

   Lee Marvin (L), John Wayne (C) & James Stewart When we watch the John Ford 1962 western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, there is a certain irony in the casting. Jimmy Stewart was a genuine World War Two USAAF hero, yet he plays a bookish weakling opposed to violence right down the line. John Wayne spent the entire war avoiding the draft and keeping out of the conflict altogether, yet [...]

HENRY FONDA – (1905-82)

April 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

                                            On-screen Henry Fonda came across as a man of integrity, common sense, gentleness and affability. Off-screen he was a private man, cold to his family, aloof, frequently angry and, generally speaking, not a nice person to be around. Perhaps, his childhood had something to do with this. Who knows how he was affected when his father [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Forties Movie Trivia – PT1

February 17, 2018 // 2 Comments

It is generally conceded that Orson Welles’ 1941 classic Citizen Kane is loosely based on the career of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. What is not so generally known is that a sub-plot in which Susan Kane has an extra-marital affair was deleted late in the day by Welles himself. The affair was supposed to mirror the suspected affair of Hearst’s mistress Marion Davies with Charles [...]

More Thirties Movie Trivia – PT2.

February 5, 2018 // 4 Comments

     Olivia de Havilland                              with Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood While making The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Errol Flynn told his co-star Olivia de Havilland that his marriage to Lili Damita was over and he would soon be free to marry her. When she learned he was lying and that the marriage was alive and well, she decided to tease him [...]
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