michael curtiz

More Thirties Movies Trivia – PT5.

February 11, 2018 // 4 Comments

               Flynn in The Charge of the Light Brigade                  Michael Curtiz                                          Lili Damita Errol Flynn and Hungarian-born director Michael Curtiz became bitter enemies while making The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), and little wonder. Curtiz employed the horrendous ‘running W’ method for bringing [...]

On-set fatalities in Hollywood movies.

November 22, 2016 // 1 Comment

Movie-making has cost the lives of quite a few of those involved in the process. Stuntmen, cameramen, assistants, extras, plus the occasional director and actor have lost their lives down the decades. This is not a definitive list, not by a long shot, but it does demonstrate the perils that have always dogged the pursuit of excellence in the film industry. I have limited my list to actors, [...]

LOUELLA PARSONS – A law unto herself.

July 24, 2015 // 6 Comments

  When the studio system was at its peak in the thirties and forties, a ‘Gossip Columnist’ could wreck a career with just a couple of acid-laced lines. They did not even need to be true. Louella Parsons, the Hollywood mouthpiece for the Hearst empire of newspapers, became a most feared individual. Few stars crossed her, for to do so was tantamount to committing career suicide. [...]