my fair lady

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT61.

September 25, 2018 // 6 Comments

Jane Wyman & Ronald Reagan Lew Ayres & Jane Wyman in Johnny Belinda (1948) Ronald Reagan married Jane Wyman in 1940, but by the time she made Johnny Belinda (1948) she wanted out. She was tired, she said, of her husband’s incessant talking, for one thing. Her unutterable boredom was palpable to everyone around them. When she started a love affair with her Johnny Belinda co-star Lew [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT25.

June 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

           Jermy Brett in My Fair Lady (1964)        and as Audrey Hepburn’s brother in War and Peace (1956)   Bill Shirley & Mary Costa as Prince Phillip & Princess Aurora English actor Jeremy Brett was cast as Nicolai, the brother of Audrey Hepburn’s character (Natasha) in War and Peace (1956), because producers felt her bore a strong facial resemblance to her. [...]

‘THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER’ – Spot the stars.

May 30, 2018 // 4 Comments

  I recently saw an old 1944 melodrama called The White Cliffs of Dover on Foxtel and it turned out to be one of those ‘spot the star’ fests that we come across from time to time. I did not think much of the movie per se; it was a real tear-jerking, flag-waving propaganda exercise as one might expect, given that it was shot in 1943. Nor was it helped by Irene Dunne’s sappy narrative. To me [...]

Movie Trivia – PT3

May 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Capucine as Angel in North to Alaska (1960) Richard Fleischer was all set to direct North to Alaska (1960) but thought Capucine was all wrong as the prostitute. In his opinion she was ‘not classy enough and not sexy enough’. He was unaware that she just happened to be producer Charles Feldman’s mistress at the time and that he had already promised the role to her. So Capucine stayed and [...]

SIXTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT3.

April 24, 2018 // 1 Comment

             Stunning Gladys circa WW1                with Wilfrid Hyde White in My Fair Lady (1964) The former World War One British pin-up girl Gladys Cooper was perfectly cast as Henry Higgins’ mother in the 1964 musical My Fair Lady. A class act all her life, Gladys’s final words on her deathbed were typical of her British upper class stoicism. ‘If this is what virus [...]

Some Notable Character Actresses – PT 1.

January 22, 2018 // 0 Comments

MARGARET DUMONT (1882 – 1965) Margaret Dumont’s great claim to movie fame was her regular role as the ‘straight woman’ to the Marx Brothers in their movies. She was totally bald beneath her wigs and, consequently, wore them all the time. Groucho was convinced that she rarely understood the group’s humour which, of course, made her ideal for the role. Others who knew her, however, [...]

Good Guys & Gals (Pt 1)

January 21, 2016 // 6 Comments

  Like any community, Hollywood has had its share of men and women who excelled as human beings, not just in their chosen profession, but in their private lives as well. In an industry where the slightest miss-step is plastered all over the media, to go through decades without drawing any adverse publicity is not an easy thing to do, especially given the temptation in evidence in every [...]

JULIE ANDREWS – The real Mary Poppins.

February 24, 2015 // 187 Comments

  It is hard to believe that the star of The Sound of Music will be eighty in October. Why do I suddenly feel very old? Even as a 10 year old she possessed ‘an enormous, belting, freak voice with a range of four octaves and some fierce high notes’. ‘Once, to the amazement of me and all the dogs in the area’, she proudly recalled, ‘I actually hit a C above Top C’. In fact, she was [...]