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 […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT10.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT11.

July 2, 2020 Alan Royle 4

British actor Charles Laughton only directed one movie in his life, and that was the quite brilliant The Night of the Hunter (1955), although he did direct several plays. The star of his one movie, Robert Mitchum, had no hesitation in stating that he felt Laughton was the best director […]

THE GOOD OLD SIXTIES

July 4, 2019 Alan Royle 2

  I was a ‘baby-boomer’, born in 1947, and grew up in Fremantle, Western Australia, in an era when drive-in movies were the big thing during the 1960s. My mates and my brothers and I would zoom off to the drive-in, two or three times a week during the summer […]

MOVIE & TV HORSES DOWN THE AGES.

February 4, 2019 Alan Royle 0

William S. Hart & Fritz Like most kids who attended Saturday matinees back in the fifties, I knew details about all the cowboy stars, who rode which horse and why. Most of my movie heroes back then were cowboy stars and that didn’t change when TV came along in Western […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT73.

October 25, 2018 Alan Royle 1

    Victoria Principal Berry Berenson Anthony Perkins in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)   Anthony Perkins led a homosexual life until he made The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972). This was the screen debut of the stunning Victoria Principal and she and Perkins were […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT49.

August 30, 2018 Alan Royle 0

  Many of the characters in Singin’ in the Rain (1952) are based on real people in Hollywood history. R.F. Simpson, the studio head, is a parody of L. B. Mayer; director Roscoe Dexter is a thinly disguised Erich von Stroheim; Dora Bailey is obviously a caricature of Louella Parsons; […]

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STARS WHO WENT TO WAR 1939-45 – PT 1.

July 21, 2018 Alan Royle 6

  A great many members of the movie community were quick to enlist and to serve their country in World War Two. Below is a shortened list of actors who served. Not all were movie stars at the time, but David Niven, Tyrone Power, James Stewart, Clark Gable, Lew Ayres, […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT5

May 6, 2018 Alan Royle 2

   Lee Marvin (L), John Wayne (C) & James Stewart When we watch the John Ford 1962 western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, there is a certain irony in the casting. Jimmy Stewart was a genuine World War Two USAAF hero, yet he plays a bookish weakling opposed to […]

My 30 favorite screen villains – PT2 (20-11)

April 12, 2018 Alan Royle 0

20        JOAQUIN PHOENIX as Commodus in GLADIATOR (2000) I have often wondered if Joaquin Phoenix resents Russell Crowe for stealing his thunder in Gladiator. Crowe was so good in the title role that Joaquin tended to be forever in his shadow which must have been frustrating because Phoenix really gave […]

ROBERT RYAN – A class act.

September 14, 2017 Alan Royle 2

RYAN, Robert (1909 – 73) I recently had the pleasure of watching a terrific western named The Proud Ones (1956). It has gone completely unheralded, yet it is clearly a couple of cuts above the average western fare. I watched it for one simple reason, because Robert Ryan was its […]