MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT6

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT6

November 22, 2018 Alan Royle 2

    Elsa Martinelli as ‘Dallas’ in Hatari! (1962) Hatari! (1962) is not a great movie but it does have its moments. Well, to be entirely truthful, it has one memorable moment. Being a sucker for beautiful women, I am forever grateful for the bevy of stunning actresses Italy has […]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES PT5

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES PT5

November 16, 2018 Alan Royle 2

Ellen Barkin as Helen Cruger in Sea of Love (1989) Ellen & her husband Gabriel Byrne Ellen Barkin said in an interview that Sea of Love (1989) was not her best work, an observation that movie-goers would probably not agree with, especially those of the male gender. Most men would […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT61.

September 25, 2018 Alan Royle 6

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 […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT55.

September 13, 2018 Alan Royle 2

Per Oscarsson as the priest in The Last Valley I have never fully comprehended why The Last Valley (1971) bombed at the box office and suffered at the hands of the critics. Perhaps, its negative approach to religion (both Catholic and Protestant) and its pointed abhorrence of every aspect of war […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT45.

August 14, 2018 Alan Royle 0

   James Dean & Paul Newman screen testing                                          Dean with girlfriend Pier Angeli Paul Newman was a finalist for the Cal Trask role in East of Eden (1955), but it […]

Forties Movie Trivia – PT5.

February 25, 2018 Alan Royle 4

Richard Jaeckel was a terrific character actor who racked up a total of 190 screen credits in his 51-year career. In 1943 he was a 17 year-old messenger boy at 20th Century Fox when he was cast as a US Marine private in his first picture Guadalcanal Diary. If you […]

More Thirties Movie Trivia – PT2.

February 5, 2018 Alan Royle 4

     Olivia de Havilland                              with Errol Flynn in The Adventures of Robin Hood While making The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Errol Flynn told his co-star Olivia de Havilland that his marriage to Lili Damita was […]

Did you know? (E)

June 29, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  When British actor Benedict Cumberbatch used the term ‘coloured people’ on American television in January 2015, he inadvertently opened up a can of racist worms. It almost defies belief that this young man was attacked for using the term whilst in the middle of personally condemning the inequality that […]

The enigma that was Howard Hughes

March 23, 2016 admin 14

   Howard Hughes was a Texan, a maverick movie tycoon who hit the movie industry like a whirlwind in the Roaring Twenties and remained a force for a couple of decades. At the age of 19 he inherited 75% of his family’s fortune. His father had patented the two-cone roller […]

Stolen Oscars? Pt. 3

September 24, 2015 admin 15

  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 […]