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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT39.

August 2, 2018 // 6 Comments

                  John Wayne accepts Gary Cooper’s Oscar for High Noon John Wayne and Ward Bond, two staunch supporters of the Senator McCarthy witch-hunts of the late forties and early fifties, were incensed over Carl Foreman’s screenplay for High Noon (1952), which they knew was a thinly disguised allegory for the HUAC persecutions. Both actors actually ordered Gary Cooper to [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT38.

July 31, 2018 // 2 Comments

     Greg Bautzer & Joan Crawford at the Stork Club                                          Bautzer and his wife Dana Wynter The Hollywood playboy attorney Greg Bautzer spoke from experience when he said of Joan Crawford that, ‘a night with Joan was better than a year with ten others.’ They dated intermittently over 10 years and both of them enjoyed rough sex, [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 21.

June 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

                           the incomparable Ava                                    with boyfriend Peter Lawford Ava Gardner’s very physical affair with the bisexual Peter Lawford ended, or so he later said, the evening he bid her goodnight after several hours of spirited bedroom frolicking, only to bump into singer Mel Torme on his way into her apartment for a [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 17.

June 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

                  Peter Lawford Frank Sinatra wrongfully blamed his actor buddy Peter Lawford for President Kennedy cancelling plans to stay at the crooner’s Palm Springs retreat in 1962. In reality it was Bobby Kennedy who insisted his brother cut his ties with Sinatra because of the singer’s mob connections. However, no-one could convince Frank of this and he shut Lawford out of [...]

‘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 [...]

Dorothy Dandridge – a beautiful talent wasted.

November 19, 2017 // 1 Comment

DANDRIDGE, Dorothy (1922 – 65)                                    What happened to Dorothy Dandridge was one of the greatest wastes of beauty and talent in the history of the movies. She was gorgeous and she could sing up a storm. But she was black. And she was born twenty years too early. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1922, she first appeared on the screen, albeit briefly, in [...]

RANDOM SNAPSHOTS – PT5.

November 7, 2017 // 4 Comments

BERGMAN, Ingrid  (1915-82)                                                             Joseph Mankiewicz had this to say about Ingrid Bergman. ‘Even when she learned about Spencer Tracy’s involvement with Kate Hepburn, she was still crazy about him. Don’t forget, she was there before Kate came onto the scene. Bergman was a stunningly beautiful creature. I [...]

The many loves of Ava Gardner.

August 3, 2017 // 5 Comments

  AVA GARDNER (1922-90)            Ava was a ‘knockout’, possibly the sexiest woman ever to grace a movie screen. She married Mickey Rooney when he was the number one box-office draw in movies (she refused to sleep with him unless he married her first). Within three weeks or so of the marriage he was cheating on her and she caught him out. She became involved with Howard [...]

The many loves of Lana Turner.

August 1, 2017 // 4 Comments

  LANA TURNER (1921-95)   1936:   Wayne Morris, who would become a fighter pilot hero in World War Two, was Lana’s first Hollywood crush.   1937:   Ronald Reagan was her first studio-arranged romance, although it is generally believed that their relationship did not go beyond a few horse-riding outings. However, given the healthy sexual appetites of both parties – who knows? [...]

Hollywood Mysteries Pt 2.

July 18, 2017 // 2 Comments

      The victim – 1959 – Beverly Hills, California  George Reeves (45) The corpse of George Reeves, television’s Superman, was found naked in his bedroom at 1.59am by his party guests who then waited 45 minutes before calling police. Why the delay? And why would George get completely undressed when he was about to blow his brains out? Suicides rarely get naked, [...]
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