THE GOOD OLD SIXTIES

July 4, 2019 Alan Royle 2

  I was a ‘baby-boomer’, born in 1947, and grew up in Fremantle, Western Australia, in an era when drive-in movies were the big thing during the 1960s. My mates and my brothers and I would zoom off to the drive-in, two or three times a week during the summer […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 13.

May 22, 2018 Alan Royle 3

                                         The delightful Leslie Caron in Gigi (1958) The three leads in Gigi (1958), Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan and Maurice Chevalier, were all born in France. Unfortunately, Leslie’s French accent had completely disappeared […]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT7.

April 2, 2018 Alan Royle 7

        Martin Milner The brilliant film noir Sweet Smell of Success (1957) was to have starred Robert Vaughn in his breakout role, but the draft intervened and he was sent off to do national service. Martin Milner inherited the role of Steve Dallas in this superb classic and […]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT6.

March 31, 2018 Alan Royle 1

The two leads in Carnival Story (1954), Steve Cochran and Anne Baxter, did not enjoy each other’s company during the shoot. ‘One minute I was Mother Cabrini, helping him with his complicated love life’, Anne said later, ‘the next kicking him out of my tiny penthouse for attempted rape. He […]

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STEVE MCQUEEN – Not a nice guy.

August 17, 2017 Alan Royle 23

  Steve McQueen’s mother was a prostitute, his father a circus stuntman and neither cared a fig about their boy. He lost his virginity at 13 to an obese teenaged hooker who accepted candy for sex. At 16 he was a towel boy in a brothel and encouraged to sample […]

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)

February 12, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  Napoleon Solo & Illya Kuryakin The original title for the series that took the TV world by storm was to be Solo, but when it was pointed out that writer Ian Fleming had already used that name for one of the gangsters recruited by Auric Goldfinger to knock over […]

Two forgotten beauties.

January 31, 2017 Alan Royle 4

  Fans of the 1957 movie version of the musical South Pacific will well remember the enchanting Eurasian girl who played Liat. France Nuyen came out of nowhere (literally) and became the dream girl of many men around the world who saw her playing Bloody Mary’s daughter on Bali Hai, […]

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Did you know?

January 29, 2017 Alan Royle 5

  Mickey Rooney was at the top of the Hollywood tree in the thirties and lived his life in the fast lane. MGM’s publicity machine had him collecting stamps and coins like any other young American boy. It was even spread about that his favourite author was Eugene O’Neill. Randy […]

My Top 10 Movies of 1968.

January 27, 2017 Alan Royle 2

  #10 WHERE EAGLES DARE       Ingrid Pitt as Heidi                                            Schloss Werfen in the background Alistair MacLean wrote this screenplay in six weeks – and then he wrote the […]

Stars we lost in 2016 – PT 1.

January 23, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  Every year the movie world loses irreplaceable talent to the ravages of time, illness and mishap, and 2016 was no exception. Here is a brief look at some of the performers whose unique personas will no longer grace our screens. Fortunately, unlike most of us, their best works will […]