MOVIE TRIVIA – PT117.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT117.

April 1, 2019 Alan Royle 8

    (L to R) Barbara Parkins, Sharon Tate & Patty Duke                                 Jacqueline Susann based the book on which the 1967 film of the same title, Valley of the Dolls, on a number of people […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT93.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT93.

December 26, 2018 Alan Royle 0

    Barbara Hale, William Hopper & Raymond Burr in Perry Mason        Fans of the Perry Mason TV series will no doubt remember William Hopper, son of gossip columnist Hedda, who played Perry’s assistant Paul Drake. During World War Two he served as a frogman with the US […]

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STEVE MCQUEEN – Not a nice guy.

August 17, 2017 Alan Royle 14

  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 making of ‘West Side Story’ (1961)

April 20, 2016 admin 2

  It has been fifty-five years since Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet was re-located to New York City and transformed into the musical West Side Story. In place of the feuding Montague and Capulet families of Verona we are given two rival New York gangs – the Jets and the Sharks. […]

Did you know? Points of interest Pt. 18

October 28, 2015 admin 2

    If the executives at Warner Bros. had their way it is very likely that Blazing Saddles might never have seen the light of day. They watched a private screening and none of them laughed at any part of it. Director and creator Mel Brooks then showed it to […]

DEAN MARTIN – Mr. Nice Guy.

October 6, 2015 admin 4

  Dino Crocetti was an Italian from Steubenville, Ohio, and Joseph Levitch was a Jewish boy from Newark, New Jersey, and nearly nine years his junior. From the moment they joined up in 1946 to form the comedy duo of Martin & Lewis they were a hit. Within three years […]

DORIS DAY – Class with a capital ‘C’.

August 10, 2015 admin 6

  It is hard to imagine it, but on April 3, 2016, Doris Day will be 94 years old. Ninety-four! I still watch her best movies, the ones made in the fifties, and still marvel at her exuberance, her vitality, and her unmistakable singing (and acting) talent. Movies back then […]

Capital Punishment – yes or no?

April 13, 2015 admin 0

When I was young and passionate I was all in favour of capital punishment. Why should killers be shown mercy and compassion when they had shown neither to their victims? Why should they continue to live a full life after depriving others of theirs? Why should society be concerned about […]