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Past Oscar-winners – some observations – Pt 3.

October 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

    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 top. Darryl Zanuck’s [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 8.

August 18, 2016 // 4 Comments

  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 [...]

Did you know? (G)

July 3, 2016 // 4 Comments

    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 and hallucinating. Co-star Peter Finch was by then her lover. She would follow him everywhere on the set, often [...]

The exquisite Grace Kelly.

March 13, 2016 // 10 Comments

  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 sex. Be that as it may, there is a plethora of sources to draw from when it comes to Grace and her penchant for [...]

Paul Newman – Did he harbor a secret?

February 12, 2016 // 12 Comments

  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 togas drama called The Silver Chalice (1954). And it very nearly sunk his career there and then. Even his character’s [...]

My Top 50 Handsome Actors (Pt2)

February 8, 2016 // 10 Comments

    #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’ in Grey’s Anatomy (my wife insisted) #25   Clint Walker A gentle giant, quiet [...]

Did you know? Points of interest Pt. 15

October 16, 2015 // 2 Comments

  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 spirit (and his pride) would see him intervene. And he did. The [...]

Stolen Oscars? Pt. 3

September 24, 2015 // 10 Comments

  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 for this year, but if this was supposed to be the best of them, then I [...]

‘The Godfather’ (1972)

August 22, 2015 // 2 Comments

  It has been over 40 years since The Godfather first hit the screens and created a sensation. A lot has been written about the making of the film, its stars and its director. And more gets written every day. I thought it might be interesting to sort through the thousands of bits and pieces regarding this phenomenal picture, and to select the more interesting or unusual tidbits for your [...]

Did you know? Points of Interest Part 3.

August 18, 2015 // 4 Comments

  Kathlyn & Annette Stephen Ira Beatty Annette Bening became pregnant to her co-star Warren Beatty when they made Bugsy together in 1991. They married, and in 1992 she gave birth to the first of their four children, Kathlyn. At the age of 14, Kathlyn changed gender and became Stephen Ira Beatty, a decision that was supported by his friends and peers, but (significantly) not by his very [...]
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