MOVIE TRIVIA – PT164.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT164.

November 5, 2020 Alan Royle 2

    Barbara Stanwyck & husband Frank Fay Thirty-seven year-old comedian Frank Fay married 21 year-old chorus girl Barbara Stanwyck in August 1928, their stormy union ending in divorce in 1935. Fay was an egotist and an abusive, unpopular drunk. A standing joke around Hollywood begged the question, ‘Who has […]

The Quigley Poll of Top Box-office stars PT 1. (1915-43)

July 4, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  The Quigley Publications Poll determined the top box-office stars each year. Here are the winners for each year from 1915 until 2013 – Part 1 (1915-43). 1915       William S. Hart 1916       William S. Hart Hart hailed from New York where he became famous for his 1899 portrayal of Messala […]

What’s in a name Part One?

August 2, 2015 admin 0

Back in the good old studio days it was customary for studios to come up with snappy nicknames for their female stars. Well, they thought they were snappy, anyway. For some reason these were seldom given to male actors, although that is not to say that some of these guys […]

The Studio System – the Big Five.

July 22, 2015 admin 6

  For several decades the ‘Big Five’ in Hollywood were MGM, 20th Century Fox, RKO, Paramount and Warner Bros. United Artists had its moments in the sun, as did Columbia, Republic and Universal, but they were not really in the same league as the others. Of the ‘Big Five’ only RKO […]

Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle – an innocent victim?

June 9, 2015 admin 2

  It is easy for us today to lose sight of the staggering amounts of money successful people in the fledgling movie industry were making back in the 1920s. The average person in America could live comfortably on less than a thousand dollars a year, about $20 a week. In […]