shirley temple

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT67.

October 13, 2018 // 6 Comments

  John Agar & Shirley Temple in Fort Apache (1948) At the time they made Fort Apache (1948) together, John Agar and Shirley Temple were husband and wife in real life and, Shirley was pregnant with their first child. Director John Ford took an instant dislike to Shirley, frequently deriding her acting ability and lack of education. He treated her husband even worse, riding him [...]

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 [...]

THE ‘GOOD GAL’ ACTRESSES.

September 29, 2018 // 2 Comments

  Selecting the 20 actresses that I felt might be really likeable, decent people to get to know, proved to be far more difficult than choosing the men. Why? Because I had to differentiate between likeability and desirability, a problem that never reared its head with the men. Each time I selected an actress for the list I had to remind myself that this was not a list of screen goddesses, [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT51.

September 3, 2018 // 2 Comments

Bruce Willis                                                   Alan Rickman Alexander Godunov In the 1988 thriller Die Hard, the action takes place in the fictional building known as Nakatomi Plaza. Produced by 20th Century Fox, the building chosen to represent Nakatomi Plaza was none other than the Fox Plaza in Century City, Los Angeles; headquarters of the studio. It [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT48.

August 28, 2018 // 6 Comments

Linda & Tom Jones Director Tim Burton went backstage after one of Tom Jones’ Vegas performances and asked the Welsh Wailer if he would like to be in his movie Mars Attacks! (1996). Tom and his three back-up singers at that time, Darelle Porter Holden, Christi Black and Sharon Hendrix, all made it into the picture. Tom’s manager once revealed in an interview, much to the displeasure of the [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT35

July 25, 2018 // 3 Comments

                             Bridgette Andersen                                         in Savannah Smiles                                     as a young woman For her screen test for Savannah Smiles (1982), 7 year-old Bridgette Andersen was asked to recite a bedtime story. She chose the tale of Brer Rabbit and her recitation was so [...]

‘SINCE YOU WENT AWAY’ (1944) – Wartime drama at its best.

December 5, 2017 // 2 Comments

SINCE YOU WENT AWAY (1944) I suppose it is a sign of my age, but every once in a while I like to select one of my favourite black and white films to watch late in the evening. I know it has nothing to do with the fact that these pictures are not in colour, but there is something about the quality of the screenplays that places these pictures in a class of their own. More emphasis on story and [...]

The Quigley Poll of Top Box-office stars PT 1. (1915-43)

July 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

  The Quigley Publications Poll determined the top box-office stars each year. Here are the winners for each year from 1915 until 2013 – Part 1 (1915-43). 1915       William S. Hart 1916       William S. Hart Hart hailed from New York where he became famous for his 1899 portrayal of Messala in ‘Ben-Hur, but it was his movies as a western hero that won him the first [...]

COVER GIRL (1944) – the one and only Rita Hayworth.

April 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

                         Released in the closing years of World War Two, Cover Girl was an ordinary musical comedy featuring Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth, supported by Phil Silvers, Otto Kruger and Eve Arden. With the singular exception of ‘Long Ago and Far Away’ the tunes are dull and mostly tuneless. The choreography, too, is routine and un-memorable, despite Kelly’s [...]

My Top 50 child stars in movies & TV – PT2 – (25-1)

January 3, 2017 // 4 Comments

        25          ANNA CHLUMSKY (1980 – ) Anna Chlumsky gained international fame when she made My Girl and My Girl 2 in the early nineties, although it would be reasonable to say that the first of those films was successful because it was shot a year after her co-star Macaulay Culkin hit it big with Home Alone. Anna was very good in it nevertheless. Today’s TV [...]
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