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FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT4.

March 19, 2018 // 6 Comments

Director Charles Laughton thought Robert Mitchum was one of the finest actors in the world and he also respected him as a person. He wrote in Esquire about the American who starred in his masterpiece The Night of the Hunter in 1955: ‘All this tough talk is a blind, you know. He’s a literate, gracious, kind man, with wonderful manners, and he speaks beautifully – when he wants to. He’s a [...]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT5

March 7, 2018 // 2 Comments

  Joan Collins in The Opposite Sex (1956) The Opposite Sex (1956) was a musical re-make of the 1939 film The Women. It was also one of the early vehicles for the new British bombshell Joan Collins. New to the movies and to MGM, she recalled walking past the studio mail-room and being whistled at and asked out to dinner by a brash 18 year-old worker there. She turned him down, so he propositioned [...]

PETER O’TOOLE – the actor and the man.

August 19, 2017 // 4 Comments

  PETER O’TOOLE   (1932 – 2013)                                      Peter O’Toole hailed from Leeds in Yorkshire. He always maintained he was born in Ireland, but there are simply no records indicating that. As a teenager he started out as a newspaper copy boy, showed promise as a reporter, but was drawn to the theatre. At 17 he made his stage [...]

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? [...]

A couple of English roses – Simmons & Bloom.

July 30, 2017 // 4 Comments

    JEAN SIMMONS (1929 – 2010) Jean Simmons was her real name and she hailed from Crouch Hill, London. She was barely sixteen when she landed a miniscule part in the British film Caesar and Cleopatra in 1945. The production proved to be an opportunity (however small) for several future stars of British and international film. Roger Moore played an uncredited Roman soldier, Kay Kendall [...]

Past Oscars PT 5 – (1961-66)

November 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

    1961               West Side Story – Best Picture                         Maximilian Schell – Best Actor for Judgment at Nuremberg                         George Chakiris – Best Supporting Actor for West Side Story                                     [...]

A few Hollywood substance abusers. PT 1.

November 2, 2016 // 13 Comments

  John Barrymore John Barrymore became famous for playing sympathetic drunks on film, no great stretch for him given he was a fully-fledged, dedicated alcoholic off-camera all his life. As a Shakespearian stage actor he was brilliant in his youth, able to memorize and deliver extraordinarily long speeches effortlessly and without a blemish. But as the years caught up with him, so did his [...]

‘Hollywood – The Skeletons Are Out’ – a sampling

October 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

  My latest book is titled Hollywood: The Skeletons Are Out. It contains 1,200 direct quotes by actors and directors about themselves, their colleagues and their films. Here is a random two dozen of them:   Young Joan Collins When Joan Collins was asked if she was ever unfaithful, she replied: ‘Yes, but only on location. I used to say, ‘it doesn’t count on location.’ Everybody was [...]

Actors marrying other actors – Pt 11.

September 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

  BRUCE, Virginia                              GILBERT, John                                1932-4 (div.)   Virginia Bruce may have started out as one of the original 20 Goldwyn girls, along with Betty Grable, Paulette Goddard and Ann Sothern, but she soon showed she had talent. In all she chalked up 82 screen credits between 1929 [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 7.

August 8, 2016 // 2 Comments

  BLOOM, Claire                                STEIGER, Rod                                 1959 to 1969 (div.)   Claire & Chaplin in Limelight Claire Bloom was catapulted into stardom in 1952 when Charlie Chaplin personally selected her for his leading lady in his sentimental drama Limelight. From then until 1954, however, [...]
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