MOVIE TRIVIA – PT151.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT151.

March 1, 2020 Alan Royle 0

  Angela Lansbury in Murder, She Wrote If you ever wondered why most actors and actresses jump at the chance to star in their own television series, it is worth comparing payments in the case of English-born actress Angela Lansbury. For her first movie role in Gaslight (1944), for which […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT5.

February 20, 2019 Alan Royle 0

              An action still from The Last of the Mohicans (1992) LAST OF THE MOHICANS, THE (1992) French & Indian War (1754-63) – A love story set during a historically violent period of American frontier history. Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe play the lovers around whom the violent and treacherous […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT4.

February 18, 2019 Alan Royle 2

    Gia Scala, James Darren, David Niven & Gregory Peck in The Guns of Navarone (1961) GUNS OF NAVARONE, THE (1961) World War Two – A mission to destroy a naval gun battery. There are a lot of things wrong with this movie but it is still entertaining enough. Gregory […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT3.

February 14, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    James Mason & Danielle Darrieux  5 FINGERS (1952) World War Two – Espionage in Ankara, Turkey Possibly my favourite espionage movie of all time, thanks to the superbly convincing portrayal of the spy by James Mason and the delightful performance from Danielle Darrieux as the Countess Staviska (a […]

SIXTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT4.

April 26, 2018 Alan Royle 5

     Joan Collins & Bing Crosby Rumours abounded that Joan Collins was having an affair with Bing Crosby during the making of Road to Hong Kong (1962). Nothing could have been further from the truth. She found him disgusting, particularly his pipe-smoker’s habit of clearing his throat by spitting globules […]

ROBERT RYAN – A class act.

September 14, 2017 Alan Royle 2

RYAN, Robert (1909 – 73) I recently had the pleasure of watching a terrific western named The Proud Ones (1956). It has gone completely unheralded, yet it is clearly a couple of cuts above the average western fare. I watched it for one simple reason, because Robert Ryan was its […]

SNAPSHOTS Vol 2

September 12, 2017 Alan Royle 0

CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS (1937)                                   I have watched Captains Courageous only twice because, frankly, I cannot abide Spencer Tracy’s portrayal of the Portuguese fisherman Manuel. In fact, I only watched it the second time because of Freddie Bartholomew’s superb performance and to see Lionel Barrymore ‘box his ears’ better than anyone has ever done […]

Custer of the West (1967) – So much for history.

February 26, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  There have been a great many movies made about Lieutenant-Colonel George Armstrong Custer and the 1876 Battle of the Little Big Horn, some good and some not so good. This version, however, fits in neither category. It is that bad. It is one thing to ‘manipulate’ the facts a […]

When is an Indian not an Indian? (PT 1)

February 14, 2017 Alan Royle 2

  Until around about the eighties very few actual Native Americans were employed playing Indians in Hollywood movies. Thankfully, since then that has changed and there are numerous Native American actors making healthy livings in westerns and other genres. Over the next few days I shall examine some of those […]

Joan Collins – England’s iconic beauty.

November 19, 2015 admin 2

      Joan Collins was born in London in 1933. Her father was a Jewish man from South African, a moderately successful agent whose later clients would briefly include The Beatles, Tom Jones and Shirley Bassey. Joan signed a contract in England with J. Arthur Rank at the age […]