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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT61.

September 25, 2018 // 6 Comments

Jane Wyman & Ronald Reagan Lew Ayres & Jane Wyman in Johnny Belinda (1948) Ronald Reagan married Jane Wyman in 1940, but by the time she made Johnny Belinda (1948) she wanted out. She was tired, she said, of her husband’s incessant talking, for one thing. Her unutterable boredom was palpable to everyone around them. When she started a love affair with her Johnny Belinda co-star Lew [...]

ITALIAN/AMERICAN SINGERS/ACTORS PT1

August 22, 2018 // 2 Comments

 Frank Sinatra recording on Capitol   as Maggio in From Here to Eternity    with his wife Ava Gardner There has never been a shortage of Italian/American singer/actors down the decades, so I thought I might write a little about the more accomplished ones. It would be fair to say that Francis Albert Sinatra (1915-98) deserves to head the list. Not only was he a wonderful singer, but he also [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT35

July 25, 2018 // 3 Comments

                             Bridgette Andersen                                         in Savannah Smiles                                     as a young woman For her screen test for Savannah Smiles (1982), 7 year-old Bridgette Andersen was asked to recite a bedtime story. She chose the tale of Brer Rabbit and her recitation was so [...]

B – LIST BEAUTIES – Pt 1.

September 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

B – LIST BEAUTIES OF THE STUDIO SYSTEM’S FINAL DAYS – PT 1 For the final 15 years of the studio system, from the end of World War Two until about 1960, an enormous number of starlets were signed to five and seven year contracts by the large and small lots. Many did not make it to the big screen before their options expired, a few went on to become major players and the rest had [...]

Did you know?

February 2, 2017 // 0 Comments

  One wonders how many young movie fans of today have any idea why the intersection of Orange Drive and Hollywood Boulevard, just across from Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, is now named ‘Carmen Miranda Square’. How many have even heard of her? Back in 1945 on ‘V-J Day’, at that very intersection, Carmen climbed atop a motor vehicle and did an impromptu victory dance for hundreds of [...]

The loves in the life of Marilyn Monroe Pt.2

April 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Marilyn met actor John Carroll and his wife Lucille Ryman in December 1947. Lucille was a talent scout for MGM. The three hit it off right away and their friendship resulted in Marilyn moving into their home for a while. Lucille even got her to sign a contract with the Carrolls which saw them financing her acting and singing lessons. John and Lucille had an ‘open marriage’, [...]

DEAN MARTIN – Mr. Nice Guy.

October 6, 2015 // 4 Comments

  Dino Crocetti was an Italian from Steubenville, Ohio, and Joseph Levitch was a Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey, and nearly nine years his junior. From the moment they joined up in 1946 to form the comedy duo of Martin & Lewis they were a hit. Within three years they were in the movies; My Friend Irma (1949) and At War With the Army (1950) being their first, and on their way to [...]

Did you know? Items of interest Part 2.

August 16, 2015 // 9 Comments

  Mimi Rogers Until 1990 Tom Cruise was a Catholic. In fact, at 18 years of age he studied to become a priest, but changed his mind after one year. His first wife, actress Mimi Rogers, convinced him to renounce Catholicism and embrace the Church of Scientology. In 2003, he antagonized the National Dyslexic Foundation when he claimed Scientology had cured his dyslexia. ‘Dyslexia is a [...]

Dean Martin – funny and nice.

July 8, 2015 // 2 Comments

  In his youth Dean Martin delivered bootleg liquor, ran numbers and craps games for hoodlums, and fought as a prizefighter under the sobriquet of ‘Kid Crochet’. He worked at the Club Alabama in New York City, an establishment owned by Louis Buchalter (a.k.a. Louis Lepke), the killer who ran Murder Incorporated. When Lepke went to the electric chair, Martin sat with his family throughout [...]

THE MARX BROTHERS – Likeable scallywags.

February 19, 2015 // 1 Comment

  Harpo Marx (1888 – 1964) Chico Marx (1887 – 1961) Groucho Marx (1890 – 1977) Individually they were very funny. Collectively they were even funnier, whether on stage, on the screen, or in real life. When MGM summoned them to Hollywood to discuss a movie contract, the brothers tired of waiting for executive Irving Thalberg to arrive, so they stripped naked in his office and [...]