richard harris

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT47.

August 20, 2018 // 2 Comments

    Hugh Glass Man in the Wilderness (1971) is often mistakenly thought to be a sequel to the 1970 film A Man Called Horse, presumably because Richard Harris stars in both pictures, but Harris plays two entirely different characters in each picture. The 1971 film is based on a true story about a trapper named Hugh Glass who, in 1823, really did set his own broken leg and then crawl 200 miles [...]

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 [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 14.

May 24, 2018 // 0 Comments

      Ben Fisz Former Polish World War Two fighter pilot Ben Fisz discovered a book called ‘Skis Against the Atom’ in a London public library and convinced himself it would make a terrific movie. He quietly purchased the film rights from the author, then hired a writer to work up a screen treatment. The day the typescript was delivered, he learned that a new book on the same topic was [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 12.

May 20, 2018 // 0 Comments

       Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher The budget for the first Star Wars (1977) was limited and George Lucas felt it would flop, so he decided that all the American cast and crew (including himself) would fly ‘coach’ to Britain instead of first class to save on air fares. When Carrie Fisher’s mother Debbie Reynolds learned of this she exploded and rang Lucas, telling him he was [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT10.

May 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Richard Harris was nominated for an Oscar for The Field (1990) and was asked by reporters if he intended to attend the Academy Awards. His response, needless to say, was not published in the papers. ‘Why the fuck would I want to participate in any of this Hollywood bollocks? It’s fourteen fucking hours there, fourteen fucking hours back, two hours of fucking stupidity and kissing people’s [...]

SIXTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT1

April 4, 2018 // 7 Comments

The American backers for the projected James Bond film Dr No (1962) were unimpressed with Sean Connery’s test footage. Co-producer Cubby Broccoli sent a memo to his partner Harry Saltzman: ‘Feel we can do better.’ In fact, they could not do better at all. Cary Grant, James Mason, Michael Redgrave, David Niven and Rex Harrison were all established stars and were not about to handcuff [...]

Keeping it in the Family – PT 3.

October 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS SR (1883 – 1939) – Born in Denver, Colorado. Acting credits: 51. He and his wife, Mary Pickford, became the most famous celebrity couple in the world in the 1920s.   HIS SON                                              DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR (1909 – 2000) – Born in New York City, New York. Acting credits: 99. His first wife was [...]

The musical – a couple of duds.

April 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

                                     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 suffered a mortal blow with the release of both Camelot (1967) and Paint Your Wagon two years later. Personally, I disagree with lumping [...]

MICHAEL CAINE – A movie-making machine?

March 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Thirty year-old Michael Caine went to London to audition for the role of Private Henry Hook in Zulu (1964), but was informed on his arrival that it had already gone to Cockney actor James Booth. As an afterthought the producer asked him if he could do an aristocratic accent for the much larger part of Lieutenant Bromhead. He could, and was given the second lead in what turned out to be a [...]

RICHARD HARRIS – Hell raiser supreme.

February 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Richard Harris’s violent temper and manic drinking bouts were legendary in Hollywood. In fact, it was generally accepted by most producers that the signing of the wild Irishman for any picture meant adding a further week onto the shooting schedule, simply to allow for days lost through his bingeing. Not that he was the worst offender in that regard. Richard Burton’s signing [...]