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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT57.

September 17, 2018 // 4 Comments

The Audie Murphy Memorial in Holtzwir, France To Hell and Back (1955) is a biopic about Audie L. Murphy, America’s most decorated soldier of World War Two. Thirty year-old Murphy plays himself. He dreaded re-enacting one particular scene in which his closest friend (Brandon) stands up while the company is advancing up a hill and is hit by a burst of machine gun fire. In real life he fell back [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT54.

September 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

There was so much media hype about Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) being based on actual events that authoress Joan Lindsay played along with the story, neither confirming nor denying it. The novel and film are, in fact, entirely fictional. Peter Weir’s film is beautifully crafted, more a mood piece than anything else; it runs almost two hours, very little unfolds and nothing is solved. After [...]

My Favorite Screen Villains Top 10

April 20, 2018 // 10 Comments

      10                                                         ROBERT RYAN as Master of Arms John Claggart in BILLY BUDD (1962) Billy Budd (1962) is a fine drama that helped put a young Terence Stamp into the upper bracket of British stars during the sixties, but it was Hollywood veteran Robert Ryan who stole the picture. He convincingly played Master of Arms [...]

Past Oscars Pt 8 – (1982-88).

January 11, 2017 // 2 Comments

          1982              Gandhi – Best Picture                         Ben Kingsley – Gandhi                         Meryl Streep –  Sophie’s Choice                         Lou Gossett Jr – An Officer and a Gentleman                         Jessica Lange – Tootsie [...]

Anthony Quinn – a hypocrite or just a product of his times?

July 15, 2016 // 4 Comments

  When it came to love and marriage Anthony Quinn was a bona fide, gilt-edged hypocrite. He was livid when he found out on his wedding night in 1937 that his first wife, Katherine De Mille, (CB’s adopted daughter) was not a virgin. So he beat her up. As far as he was concerned a wife had to be a virgin. Her first lover had been none other than superstar Clark Gable. Director Victor Fleming [...]

My favourite 50 movies of all time – Pt 1.

February 14, 2016 // 4 Comments

  About ten years ago I published volume one of ‘Hollywood Warts ‘n’ All’, and in it I included my ‘Top 50 Movies’. I pointed out at the time that my choices were based entirely on which films gave me the most viewing pleasure; not on technical quality or directorial brilliance, but simply on entertainment quality. Some pictures I can watch again and again because I enjoy the [...]