CENTURIONS – PT3.

CENTURIONS – PT3.

April 29, 2019 Alan Royle 2

     102 & 8 MONTHS*              KIRK DOUGLAS (Dec 9, 1916 – )                          Kirk Douglas was born in New York over 100 years ago to Jewish immigrant parents from what is now Belarus. Despite several close shaves, he is still going strong as of April 2019 and heading towards […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT9.

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT9.

March 30, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  36 HOURS (1964) – World War Two This is an intriguing black and white feature, a slice of Hollywood hokum, cleverly done and well-acted. The story, however, is as far-fetched as it can get. It stars three of my favourite actors – James Garner, Rod Taylor and Eva Marie […]

THE MAKING OF ‘SPARTACUS’ (1960).

THE MAKING OF ‘SPARTACUS’ (1960).

March 24, 2019 Alan Royle 7

  There were three Servile Wars in B.C. Italy; the one involving escaped slave/gladiator Spartacus being the last of them. It ended with a final battle in 71 BC. Stanley Kubrick replaced Anthony Mann as director of Spartacus (1960), after Mann and the star, Kirk Douglas, repeatedly clashed. Douglas and […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT6.

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT6.

February 26, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  MIDWAY (1976) World War Two – A blow by blow account of the crucial Battle of Midway in June 1942, between carrier-forces of the USA and the Empire of Japan. Historically, this is an accurate account of the most important naval confrontation of World War Two. It features an […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT69.

October 17, 2018 Alan Royle 6

  Van Heflin, Barbara Stanwyck, Lizabeth Scott & Kirk Douglas  The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) Kirk Douglas made his screen debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946). It was also Van Heflin’s first picture since returning from his three-year stint with the US Army Air Force in […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT40

August 4, 2018 Alan Royle 2

John Travolta & Kelly Preston Argument has always surrounded John Travolta’s sexuality. William Franks was a former chairman of the board in the Church of Scientology. He recalled how Travolta desperately wanted to get out of the church but was afraid that, should he attempt to do so, details of […]

Keeping it in the Family – PT 2

October 16, 2017 Alan Royle 0

RICHARD BECKINSALE (1947 – 79) – Born in Carlton, Nottingham, England. Acting credits: 22. He played Lennie Godber in Porridge (1974-78) and in Going Straight (1978). Tragically, a heart attack claimed him at a young age.   JUDY LOE (1947 – ) – Born in Urmstom, Lancashire, England. Acting credits: […]