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B-LIST BEAUTIES PT 4

October 2, 2017 // 1 Comment

         LINDA CRISTAL (1934 – )                 The Last of the Fast Guns (1958)                                                Marta Burges was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1934, to a French father and an Italian mother but would act under the name of Linda Cristal in Hollywood. When she was just 13 she and her parents were involved in a [...]

The making of ‘TOP GUN’ (1986)

March 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

  This was the highest grossing movie of 1986, raking in over $350 million worldwide. For the record, Crocodile Dundee ran second and Platoon third. In North America alone it sold nearly 50 million tickets in its first theatrical release. It was such a popular picture with young people that the US Navy reported a 500% increase in applications to join its aviation program. A degree of [...]

The Magical Fifties.

June 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

  I remember being taken in the fifties by my grand-parents to the open-air cinema nearby to watch black and white dramas starring the likes of Joan Crawford, George Raft, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Dana Andrews, Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Ida Lupino and many others. For some reason a handful of those stars held a kind of fascination for me. I did not much care for these gloomy film noirs [...]

A bit of TV nostalgia.

January 11, 2016 // 4 Comments

  As a follow-up to the Nielsen Ratings of the very top TV shows year by year in the USA, I thought I might take a crack at listing MY favourite programs down the decades. Not one of them reached the top, by the way. I have also highlighted the performer in each show whom I felt was the main reason for my enjoying the program (not always the star). Personally, I enjoy reading other [...]