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 […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT46.

August 18, 2018 Alan Royle 1

Leo McKern as Rumpole of the Bailey The Australian actor Leo McKern, best known for his portrayal of the title character in the TV series Rumpole of the Bailey, once unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of ‘Pockets’ in Hatari (1962), the part eventually going to American actor Red Buttons. McKern always […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT34

July 19, 2018 Alan Royle 2

                                Grace receives her Oscar from Bill Holden The Country Girl (1954) is a fine movie, featuring an outstanding performance from Bing Crosby and pretty good ones from Grace Kelly and William Holden. Grace collected […]

Movie Trivia – PT4.

May 4, 2018 Alan Royle 0

                         Laurence Olivier as Crassus in Spartacus (1960) In the 1960 Stanley Kubrick film Spartacus, the role of the Roman general Marcus Licinius Crassus was played by Laurence Olivier. The real Crassus was a most interesting individual. He acquired the title […]

My 30 Favorite Movie Villains: PT1

April 8, 2018 Alan Royle 6

  Here is part one of my list of the 30 performances by movie villains I have enjoyed the most down the decades. That does not mean I have chosen the scariest or even the best-acted roles; just the ones I have enjoyed watching the most. I have seen every […]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT4.

March 19, 2018 Alan Royle 8

Director Charles Laughton thought Robert Mitchum was one of the finest actors in the world and he also respected him as a person. He wrote in Esquire about the American who starred in his masterpiece The Night of the Hunter in 1955: ‘All this tough talk is a blind, you […]

More Thirties Movie Trivia – PT4

February 9, 2018 Alan Royle 0

        Wendy Hiller and Leslie Howard in Pygmalion (1938) The scene in both Pygmalion (1938) and My Fair Lady (1964) where Eliza accidentally swallows a marble during her elocution lessons was never part of George Bernard Shaw’s original story. In the 1938 film Wendy Hiller suddenly exhibited a pained […]

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March 16, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL, THE (1957)                                                                 This was the first film produced by Marilyn Monroe’s own company. It made a slight profit, but God only knows how because it is as dull […]