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SIXTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT4.

April 26, 2018 // 5 Comments

     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 of phlegm onto the studio floor! His breath was rancid and she had to endure his [...]

ROBERT RYAN – A class act.

September 14, 2017 // 2 Comments

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 star and I cannot recall him ever appearing in a sub-standard movie. For that matter, I cannot remember him ever [...]

SNAPSHOTS Vol 2

September 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

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

February 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

  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 little when compiling a movie whose focus involves real historical personages and events, but it is quite another [...]

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

February 14, 2017 // 2 Comments

  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 aliens who played Indians back when westerns were all the go and some of the more [...]

Joan Collins – England’s iconic beauty.

November 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

      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 of 17, and in 1952 she married Rank actor Maxwell Reed (after he had raped her, she wrote in her [...]

Tragic Hollywood – Accidental Deaths ( Pt 5 )

June 1, 2015 // 2 Comments

    In Part 5 of Accidental Deaths in Hollywood I look at five drownings, four actors who died from falls, and another who failed to survive a botched operation.     Jeff Chandler (1918 – 1961) Chandler only made about 50 movies, the bulk of them in the fifties, but for nearly a decade his rugged features and his unique look, (he had prematurely grey, crinkly hair), made him a [...]