robert shaw

Robert Shaw – Thanks for the memories.

October 6, 2017 // 4 Comments

ROBERT SHAW (1927 – 78)                                             I suppose we all have our favourite character actors. I have several, but near the top of the list is Lancashire-born Robert Shaw. I wonder if he would appreciate being categorized as a ‘character actor’. Possibly not, for he seemed to have a sizeable ego on-screen. Was he the same off it? His [...]

Custer of the West (1967) – So much for history.

February 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

  There have been a great many movies made about Lieutenant-Colonel George Armstrong Custer and the 1876 Battle of the Little Big Horn, some good and some not so good. This version, however, fits in neither category. It is that bad. It is one thing to ‘manipulate’ the facts a little when compiling a movie whose focus involves real historical personages and events, but it is quite another [...]

Did You Know? – Points of Interest Pt. 4

August 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Throughout the seventies and eighties Richard Dreyfuss had an immense drug problem. Just four years after winning the 1977 Best Actor Oscar for The Goodbye Girl he made a movie called Whose Life Is It Anyway? The damage his drug-taking inflicted on his memory was such that, even today, he has no recollection whatsoever of making that picture. His cocaine abuse led to him having a blackout [...]

Jaws ( 1975 )

March 17, 2015 // 8 Comments

  Peter Benchley wrote Jaws after reading about the great New Jersey shark scare of 1916. The grand-son of Hollywood wit Robert Benchley, he even scored a cameo in the movie playing the reporter on the beach. He strongly resented the finale planned for the picture, so strongly in fact that he was ordered off the set. He felt the exploding gas tank idea was unrealistic. And he was right. A [...]