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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT42.

August 8, 2018 // 4 Comments

      Katz’s today                                                                     Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal in When Harry Met Sally…                           a daily occurrence Katz’s Delicatessen in Manhattan’s Lower East Side was established in 1888. It gained worldwide fame in 1989’s popular feature, When Harry Met [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 33.

July 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

         Young Russ Tamblyn & Victor Mature in Samson and Delilah                      Hedy Lamarr        At the premiere of Samson and Delilah (1949), Cecil B. DeMille asked Groucho Marx what he thought of the picture. The question brought forth Groucho’s now classic response. ‘Well, there’s just one problem, CB’, he answered. ‘No picture can hold my interest [...]

TV – When the western was king – PT1.

June 23, 2018 // 2 Comments

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 their studios and ran for years, even decades. Based on the number of episodes produced, I have arrived at the [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 20.

January 17, 2017 // 2 Comments

  Frances DEE                                     Joel McCREA                       (1933 – 90)    his death   Frances & Joel in Wells Fargo (1937) By all accounts Joel McCrea was one of the nicest men to ever become a big movie star. He had it all. He was tall, handsome, sincere, extremely affable and soft-spoken. And he [...]

Hollywood & the Catholic Legion of Decency (CLOD).

December 18, 2016 // 6 Comments

  At the zenith of their power the ‘Seven Sisters’ (MGM, Warners, Paramount, Universal, Columbia, Fox and RKO) did much as they pleased. Few outsiders had any influence over their decisions or their conduct. Few, that is, with the exception of the Catholic Legion of Decency (CLOD). They were a force to be reckoned with and they exercised their power each year by publishing their [...]

Esther Williams – the Million Dollar Mermaid.

April 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

  If World war Two had not intervened and caused the cancellation of the 1940 and 1944 Olympics, Esther Williams would have, in all probability, represented the USA as a swimmer in both meets. In 1940 she was just 18 years old and already the holder of three National Swimming Championships, having won the 100 metre freestyle and set a record in the 100 metre breaststroke. Bitterly disappointed, [...]

The enigma that was Howard Hughes

March 23, 2016 // 14 Comments

   Howard Hughes was a Texan, a maverick movie tycoon who hit the movie industry like a whirlwind in the Roaring Twenties and remained a force for a couple of decades. At the age of 19 he inherited 75% of his family’s fortune. His father had patented the two-cone roller bit, which allowed rotary drilling for petroleum in previously inaccessible places. Instead of selling it, however, he chose [...]

Jayne Mansfield – a self-made star.

January 15, 2016 // 4 Comments

  Jayne & Jane at the Underwater premiere 1955 In 1955, in Florida, the premiere for a very ordinary movie called Underwater was actually held underwater. Critics and other guests were encouraged to don aqua-lungs and bathing costumes to watch this Jane Russell vehicle at the bottom of a pool! It was a novel idea that did not really work, but it afforded an opportunity to an unknown [...]

Did you know? Points of interest Pt. 15

October 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

  Richard Schickel’s biography of director Elia Kazan tells how Marlon Brando was tricked into accepting the role of Terry Malloy in On The Waterfront (1954). Kazan had actor Karl Malden direct a scene featuring a young unknown from the Actors Studio speaking Malloy’s lines, knowing full well that Brando’s competitive spirit (and his pride) would see him intervene. And he did. The [...]