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‘THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER’ – Spot the stars.

May 30, 2018 // 4 Comments

  I recently saw an old 1944 melodrama called The White Cliffs of Dover on Foxtel and it turned out to be one of those ‘spot the star’ fests that we come across from time to time. I did not think much of the movie per se; it was a real tear-jerking, flag-waving propaganda exercise as one might expect, given that it was shot in 1943. Nor was it helped by Irene Dunne’s sappy narrative. To me [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 16.

May 28, 2018 // 8 Comments

                                                                                                  Al Mulock in The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (1966) The name Al Mulock probably does not ring any bells even for fans of spaghetti westerns, but he was the actor who played the one-armed man killed by Eli Wallach’s character Tuco in The Good, the [...]

My Top 10 Movies of 1968.

January 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

  #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 novel! The next time you watch The Sound of Music, look for the castle in the background during the ‘Do Re Me’ number. It is the Schloss Werfen, the same [...]

My 50 top child actors in movies & TV history – PT 1 (50-26)

January 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

         50          KEVIN ‘MOOCHIE’ CORCORAN (1949-2015) In the fifties he was a favorite of Walt Disney, appearing in movies such as Old Yeller (1957), The Shaggy Dog (1959) and Swiss Family Robinson (1960). Kevin was married to the same woman for 43 years until his death from colorectal cancer at 66.      49          CARL ‘ALFALFA’ SWITZER [...]

‘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 [...]

The Best Ever Child Movie Stars ( Pt 2 )

May 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Here are my top 10 (top 11 actually, since I had a dead-heat at number 6)   10        DREW BARRYMORE that brilliant moment in ET Yet another Californian, this time from Culver City, where she was born in 1975. Drew stormed into cinema fame at the tender age of 7 when she played Gertie in Spielberg’s ET – The Extra-terrestrial. Since then she has established herself as a [...]