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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT83

November 28, 2018 // 3 Comments

Sandra Bullock & her Oscar for The Blind Side (2009) Sandra Bullock enjoys a reputation for being kind and attentive, highly professional and a pleasure to work with. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she does not permit her ego to interfere with her sense of humour either. In 2009, she readily turned up at the Razzie Awards to collect her gong for her performance in a spud awful little [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT58.

September 19, 2018 // 2 Comments

Donald Sutherland & Jane Fonda in Klute (1971) Jane Fonda hung out with prostitutes and pimps for a week as preparation for her role as the hooker Bree in Klute (1971). She also spent time at the local morgue and emerged visibly moved by what she saw there. She and co-star Donald Sutherland entered into a non-exclusive romantic relationship off-screen that lasted until June 1972. In fact, [...]

The Hollywood Canteen – a unique experience.

August 13, 2017 // 4 Comments

  Between 1941 and 1944 over 6,000 Hollywood workers entered the services, 1,500 of whom were registered actors and actresses. The ‘Hollywood Unit’ made training and recruitment films (and newsreels). One recruitment film starring Jimmy Stewart was said to have been responsible for 100,000 men joining the air force. Hundreds of stars, male and female, volunteered for the USO tours, [...]

A couple of film noirs.

February 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

  DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)                    I suppose most fans of old movies have their personal favourite film noir. Mine is without doubt Double Indemnity (1944), which surprises even me because I have never been overly keen on any of the three stars – Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray and Edward G. Robinson. Not in other films anyway, but in this picture they combine [...]

Heroes & Villains – the HUAC blacklistings 1947-58.

November 8, 2016 // 6 Comments

  When 79 individuals were subpoenaed in September 1947 by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), and charged with subversive actions and/or injecting Communist propaganda into their movies, the repercussions career-wise for many of them were long and destructive. The charges were never substantiated, but their accusers were not concerned with the legality of the accusations. [...]

Four memorable lady movie villains.

July 23, 2016 // 2 Comments

  The history of movies is literally riddled with iconic male villains, but not so many women have been fortunate enough to sink their teeth into a genuinely meaty, nasty role. One of the first (and best) appeared in Hitchcock’s 1940 classic Rebecca. Dame Judith Anderson positively oozed malevolence as Mrs. Danvers, although she did receive a little help from the director. Hitch, with his [...]

Did you know? (A)

June 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Producer Robert Evans purchased the rights to F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby in 1971 with the intention of having his wife Ali MacGraw play Daisy in the 1974 production. However, while waiting for the script to be finalised, Ali went off and made The Getaway with Steve McQueen, fell madly in love with him and left her husband forever. Evans repaid her by giving the Daisy [...]

Great character actors Pt 2.

March 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

    Celeste Holm was, in my opinion the most likeable of all the character actors down through the decades, although I am willing to admit that this may very well have had a lot to do with the kind of characters she invariably played. She was a kind of more sophisticated version of Eve Arden whom I shall get to later in this series, a wise-cracking, honest, self-deprecating woman of the [...]

My Top 50 Handsome Actors (Pt 1)

February 6, 2016 // 13 Comments

    Since listing my 50 most beautiful actresses I have been asked to provide a similar list of the 50 most handsome men. And that creates a problem for me. Being heterosexual, how do I go about naming the men I find most sttractive? I don’t really think of ANY man as being particularly attractive, (although I recall in my punting days how I developed a ‘man-crush’ on [...]

Hollywood’s real-life war heroes ( Pt 3 )

April 1, 2015 // 78 Comments

Here are a few pieces of trivia regarding actresses during World War Two that you may or may not know. The first one deals with selling War Bonds, the second involves touring with the United Services Organizations Inc. (USO), and the third looks at the famous Hollywood Canteen. Touring with the USO or selling War Bonds meant flying overseas to war zones or flying to bases and rallies at home. Air [...]