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Forties Movie Trivia – PT3

February 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Adolf Hitler banned Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator (1940) in Germany and in every country occupied by the Nazis, although he did smuggle in a copy through Portugal for himself. Hitler, incidentally, thought Chaplin was a Jew. It is said that he watched the picture twice but his reactions were not recorded. Chaplin was born on the 16th of April 1889 [...]

The Hollywood Canteen – a unique experience.

August 13, 2017 // 4 Comments

  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 of stars, male and female, volunteered for the USO tours, [...]

Darryl F. Zanuck – the last tycoon.

March 28, 2017 // 2 Comments

  If anyone epitomized the Hollywood studio system it was Darryl F. Zanuck. His rise to power is quite extraordinary given he was minimally educated and barely literate. Born in Wahoo, Nebraska in 1902 to an alcoholic father and the daughter of Wahoo’s only hotel owner, Darryl was abandoned by both parents before his 13th birthday. Left to his own devices, he lied about his age when he was [...]

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? – Garson, Darnell, Eastwood & Boyle

October 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Greer Garson Mr & Mrs Richard Ney 1943 Teresa Wrioght & Richard Ney in Mrs Miniver (1942) The first of Greer Garson’s three marriages did not last past the honeymoon in Austria in 1933. Her possessive husband virtually held her hostage the whole time. On their return to England she moved in with her mother. Her husband then went off to India and they divorced seven years later. [...]

Tragic Hollywood – no end of stories.

December 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Louise Brooks once described Buster Keaton as the most beautiful man she ever saw. Be that as it may, he was certainly a comic genius. While other funny men relied on slow-cranking cameras and speeded-up images to get their laughs, he mostly worked at normal speed, much of his humour coming from scenes in which he hardly moved at all. And he never threw a single custard pie in any of his [...]

Tragic Hollywood – Accidental Deaths ( Pt 3 )

May 28, 2015 // 2 Comments

      Most people would probably agree that being burned to death has to be one of the worst ways to go. Mercifully, most of the victims of home fires succumb to smoke inhalation long before the flames reach them. Here are thirteen movie actors, some well-known, others less so, who met their ends in accidental blazes. One of them was involved in a plane crash, but had died from [...]