Two forgotten beauties.

January 31, 2017 Alan Royle 4

  Fans of the 1957 movie version of the musical South Pacific will well remember the enchanting Eurasian girl who played Liat. France Nuyen came out of nowhere (literally) and became the dream girl of many men around the world who saw her playing Bloody Mary’s daughter on Bali Hai, […]

‘Hollywood – The Skeletons Are Out’ – a sampling

October 19, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  My latest book is titled Hollywood: The Skeletons Are Out. It contains 1,200 direct quotes by actors and directors about themselves, their colleagues and their films. Here is a random two dozen of them:   Young Joan Collins When Joan Collins was asked if she was ever unfaithful, she […]

Past Oscar-winners – some observations – Pt 3.

October 9, 2016 Alan Royle 0

    1949               All the King’s Men – Best Picture                         Broderick Crawford – Best Actor for All the King’s Men   Broderick Crawford Greg Peck as General Savage in Twelve O’Clock High Having seen all five nominated films for 1949, I am surprised that All the King’s Men came out on […]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 8.

August 18, 2016 Alan Royle 4

  BOW, Clara                          Bell, Rex                                 1931 to 1962 – (his death)   Clara was just about the hottest property in Hollywood in the Roaring Twenties, especially after starring in It in 1927. Previously known as ‘The Brooklyn Bonfire’, she suddenly found herself with a brand new nickname – ‘The […]

Did you know? (G)

July 3, 2016 Alan Royle 4

    Olivier & Leigh If you look closely at the long shots of Elizabeth Taylor in Elephant Walk (1954), you can see they are actually of Vivien Leigh, the actress she replaced four weeks after filming began. Miss Leigh had a major breakdown on the set, suffering memory loss […]

The exquisite Grace Kelly.

March 13, 2016 admin 10

  Fans of Grace Kelly (and I am one of them, believe it or not) are probably going to jump up and down if they read this, and accuse me of ‘muck-raking’ or, at best, sensationalising her track record (or should I say ‘sack’ record) with members of the opposite […]

Paul Newman – Did he harbor a secret?

February 12, 2016 admin 12

  Not many superstars begin their careers with an out and out ‘lemon’, but Paul Newman certainly did. After popping up in a dozen or so TV series between 1949 and 1954, when the television industry was still finding its feet, he landed the romantic lead in a sandals and […]

My Top 50 Handsome Actors (Pt2)

February 8, 2016 admin 10

    #30   Jeff Bridges Better looking than his dad or his brother #29   Stewart Granger In his best role as Scaramouche #28   Pierce Brosnan In his very first film – The Long Good Friday #27   Tom Berenger He was really strong in Platoon #26   Patrick Dempsey ‘McDreamy’ […]

Did you know? Points of interest Pt. 15

October 16, 2015 admin 2

  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 […]

Stolen Oscars? Pt. 3

September 24, 2015 admin 15

  Part 3 of ‘Stolen Oscars?’ looks at some of the individual Academy Award winners who, for want of a better word, purloined their statuettes. I shall start with the Best Actor category. 1930/1             Lionel Barrymore for A Free Soul I haven’t actually seen any of the other nominated performances […]