RANDOM QUOTES – PT130.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT30.

August 19, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  HARPO MARX:                                           [The famous harp-playing Marx Brother recalled the act performing in vaudeville] ‘If an audience didn’t like us we had no trouble finding it out. We were pelted with sticks, bricks, spit-balls, cigar butts, peach pits and chewed-out stalks of sugar cane. We took all this without flinching […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The Stars & their Stories – PT16.

WORLD WAR TWO – The Stars & their Stories – PT16.

January 24, 2020 Alan Royle 0

    GARBO, Greta:                                                                                                        If we are to accept the word of Orson Welles, it seems that not every Hollywood star was filled with the milk of human kindness as we were led to believe by the studio publicity machines. Scarcely a revelation, I know. He recalled dining with […]

WW2 – The stars & their stories – PT10.

November 10, 2019 Alan Royle 0

DARNELL, Linda:                                                                                                  Linda was one of the many local actresses who attended the Hollywood Canteen and did their level best to make a lot of young servicemen briefly happy before they embarked for battle zones on the other side of the world. On one particular evening she danced […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT83

November 28, 2018 Alan Royle 3

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 […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT58.

September 19, 2018 Alan Royle 2

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 […]

The Hollywood Canteen – a unique experience.

August 13, 2017 Alan Royle 4

  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 […]

A couple of film noirs.

February 4, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  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. […]

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Heroes & Villains – the HUAC blacklistings 1947-58.

November 8, 2016 Alan Royle 8

  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 […]

Four memorable lady movie villains.

July 23, 2016 Alan Royle 2

  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 […]

Did you know? (A)

June 19, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  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 […]