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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT72.

October 23, 2018 Alan Royle 4

Faye Dunaway in Chinatown (1974) Director Roman Polanski and his female lead in Chinatown (1974), Faye Dunaway, were embroiled in numerous on-set disputes throughout the shoot. At one time Polanski actually pulled out strands of her hair. Mostly, the arguments were about Dunaway demanding to know what her motivation was for various […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT49.

August 30, 2018 Alan Royle 0

  Many of the characters in Singin’ in the Rain (1952) are based on real people in Hollywood history. R.F. Simpson, the studio head, is a parody of L. B. Mayer; director Roscoe Dexter is a thinly disguised Erich von Stroheim; Dora Bailey is obviously a caricature of Louella Parsons; […]

The musical – a couple of duds.

April 9, 2017 Alan Royle 0

                                     Movie musicals have been around for decades. The studios quickly became aware of their potential as cash cows the moment silent movies became talkies. Most pundits would probably agree that the genre […]

‘CAT BALLOU’ (1965 – LEE MARVIN’S MASTERPIECE

March 26, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  There have been very few genuinely funny westerns made. James Garner’s Support Your Local Sheriff (1969) was, in my opinion, the very best ever, but two Lee Marvin films were not far behind it. One was Paint Your Wagon, released in the same year and hilarious, but it probably fits […]

Memorable musical moments in movies – PT2 – (25-1).

December 24, 2016 Alan Royle 2

  25          PULP FICTION (1994) – The popular Chuck Berry hit, ‘You Never Can Tell’, gets a second life as Uma Thurman and John Travolta join the ‘Jack Rabbit Slim Twist Contest’ – and win. To my mind Travolta is one of the most watchable actors going around, and has […]

7 actors who recorded #1hit singles.

March 31, 2016 admin 0

  Ever since Billboard has been used to assess the popularity of single recordings there have been a few actors who have unexpectedly surprised us by recording songs that went all the way to the top of the charts. There were two in 1957, one in 1958, one in 1962, […]

Tragic Hollywood: Jean Seberg and the FBI.

October 22, 2015 admin 7

There is no shortage of tragic stories in Hollywood’s history. Jean Seberg’s is just one of them. Even so, there is something particularly poignant about her story because she appeared to have the world at her feet until someone at the FBI decided to wreck her life and her health […]

Paint Your Wagon (1969)

February 6, 2015 admin 0

Paula Trueman (as Mrs. Fenty): ‘You should read the Bible, Mister Rumson.’ Lee Marvin (as Ben Rumson): ‘I have read the Bible, Mrs. Fenty.’ MRS FENTY: ‘Didn’t that discourage you about drinking?’ BEN: ‘No, but it sure killed my appetite for readin’!’