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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT76.

October 31, 2018 // 11 Comments

Higgins as Benji (1974) The dog that played the title role in the 1974 family film Benji was a mongrel named Higgins, a mix of cocker spaniel, poodle and schnauzer. Animal trainer and breeder Frank Inn adopted him in 1960 from the Burbank Animal Shelter in Burbank, California. For seven seasons Higgins was the dog (un-named) in TV’s Petticoat Junction. Although there were several sequels to [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT71.

October 21, 2018 // 2 Comments

    Val Kilmer as Batman & Bruce Wayne Director Joel Schumacher described Val Kilmer as ‘childish and impossible’, after the actor refused to talk to him for two weeks during the filming of Batman Forever (1995). Later, he told an interviewer, ‘Val did me two great favors when I wanted him to be Batman. He said yes, then he created a situation that allowed me not to have him play [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT70.

October 19, 2018 // 1 Comment

Peter Finch as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Disney’s The Story of Robin Hood & His Merrie Men (1952) Rank Organization producer Earl St. John was greatly impressed by the young actor portraying the Sheriff of Nottingham in Disney’s The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952), so he asked the unknown actor (Peter Finch) if he would come to talk business at Pinewood Studio. [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT66.

October 11, 2018 // 5 Comments

    Cynthia Rhodes in Runaway (1984) Cynthia Rhodes is the blonde actress who played opposite Tom Selleck in Runaway (1984), and opposite John Travolta in Staying Alive (1983). Her promising movie career ceased after only five films when she opted to give acting away altogether, preferring instead to devote all her time to her family. Her marriage in 1989 to pop singer Richard Marx [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT65.

October 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Gary Cooper was 55 years of age when he played Jess Birdwell in Friendly Persuasion (1956). He was far too old for the part, yet found time to complain about the casting of Dorothy McGuire. She was a poor actress, he declared, and not nearly attractive enough to play his wife. Although he was portraying a Quaker in the picture, a pacifist by definition, he insisted to the director that the [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT64.

October 7, 2018 // 2 Comments

  Kitty Kelley Biographer Kitty Kelley wrote His Way in 1986, an unauthorised biography of Frank Sinatra. In it she told of his numerous conquests that included Nancy Reagan, whom he visited at the White House for romantic trysts while her husband the President of the United States was away on state visits. His list of lovers consisted of most of Hollywood’s greatest beauties – Liz Taylor, [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT63.

October 5, 2018 // 2 Comments

Much of the werewolf mythology we accept as gospel these days was actually made up when the 1935 production Werewolf of London was written and filmed. They came up with the notion that being bitten by a werewolf turns you into one; that a werewolf changes under a full moon and that werewolves were wolf/man hybrids. In folklore, one became a werewolf by deliberately practicing witchcraft and could [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 62.

October 1, 2018 // 3 Comments

  Anne Baxter & Montgomery Clift in I Confess (1953) The 1953 Hitchcock drama I Confess starred Montgomery Clift as a Roman Catholic priest. Anne Baxter played his lover. The Republic of Ireland banned the picture in its entirety because Baxter’s character and Clift’s character were in a relationship, even though that relationship took place before the man decided to enter the [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT61.

September 25, 2018 // 6 Comments

Jane Wyman & Ronald Reagan Lew Ayres & Jane Wyman in Johnny Belinda (1948) Ronald Reagan married Jane Wyman in 1940, but by the time she made Johnny Belinda (1948) she wanted out. She was tired, she said, of her husband’s incessant talking, for one thing. Her unutterable boredom was palpable to everyone around them. When she started a love affair with her Johnny Belinda co-star Lew [...]

STARS WHO WENT TO WAR 1939-45 – PT2.

July 23, 2018 // 2 Comments

Part two of ‘Stars Who Went To War 1939-45’ looks at some of the ‘lesser lights’ who signed up to fight for their country – and a few who chose not to.           Eddie & his son Edward Jr EDDIE ALBERT:   The future star of Green Acres won a Bronze Star for courage under fire when he rescued 47 wounded marines from the Tarawa beachhead while under [...]
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