john payne

TV – When the western was king – PT1.

June 23, 2018 // 2 Comments

There was a time, back in the fifties when television suddenly took off, that saw the western genre dominating the box. Scores of series were launched throughout the late forties, the fifties and sixties. Many of them lasted only a single season (even less), but others made a fortune for their studios and ran for years, even decades. Based on the number of episodes produced, I have arrived at the [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 20.

January 17, 2017 // 2 Comments

  Frances DEE                                     Joel McCREA                       (1933 – 90)    his death   Frances & Joel in Wells Fargo (1937) By all accounts Joel McCrea was one of the nicest men to ever become a big movie star. He had it all. He was tall, handsome, sincere, extremely affable and soft-spoken. And he [...]

Hollywood & the Catholic Legion of Decency (CLOD).

December 18, 2016 // 6 Comments

  At the zenith of their power the ‘Seven Sisters’ (MGM, Warners, Paramount, Universal, Columbia, Fox and RKO) did much as they pleased. Few outsiders had any influence over their decisions or their conduct. Few, that is, with the exception of the Catholic Legion of Decency (CLOD). They were a force to be reckoned with and they exercised their power each year by publishing their [...]

Did you know? Points of interest Pt. 15

October 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

  Richard Schickel’s biography of director Elia Kazan tells how Marlon Brando was tricked into accepting the role of Terry Malloy in On The Waterfront (1954). Kazan had actor Karl Malden direct a scene featuring a young unknown from the Actors Studio speaking Malloy’s lines, knowing full well that Brando’s competitive spirit (and his pride) would see him intervene. And he did. The [...]