singin’ in the rain

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT49.

August 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

  Many of the characters in Singin’ in the Rain (1952) are based on real people in Hollywood history. R.F. Simpson, the studio head, is a parody of L. B. Mayer; director Roscoe Dexter is a thinly disguised Erich von Stroheim; Dora Bailey is obviously a caricature of Louella Parsons; Olga, the vamp at the premiere, is a mixture of Pola Negri and Gloria Swanson; Zelda Zanders the ‘Zip [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT47.

August 20, 2018 // 2 Comments

    Hugh Glass Man in the Wilderness (1971) is often mistakenly thought to be a sequel to the 1970 film A Man Called Horse, presumably because Richard Harris stars in both pictures, but Harris plays two entirely different characters in each picture. The 1971 film is based on a true story about a trapper named Hugh Glass who, in 1823, really did set his own broken leg and then crawl 200 miles [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT45.

August 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

   James Dean & Paul Newman screen testing                                          Dean with girlfriend Pier Angeli Paul Newman was a finalist for the Cal Trask role in East of Eden (1955), but it ended up going to James Dean. When Dean turned down the part of Basil the sculptor in The Silver Chalice, Newman quickly (but unwisely) accepted it. It was a terrible part in [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT44.

August 12, 2018 // 2 Comments

   Grace & Prince Rainier For a while it appeared that 1977’s The Turning Point might see Princess Grace of Monaco come out of retirement to star as the ballet dancer who opts for marriage over career. She was on the Board of Directors at 20th Century Fox at that time and fell in love with the script the moment she read it. When she showed it to her husband Prince Rainier, however, he [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT36

July 27, 2018 // 0 Comments

                          Wanda Hendrix & Audie Murphy in Sierra                     Lovely Paramount actress Wanda Hendrix married war hero Audie Murphy after a two-year engagement, but the union was a disaster. He was prone to flashbacks and paranoia, a legacy of his horrendous wartime experiences, and was even known to hold her at gunpoint during violent episodes. [...]

THE WORST ‘BEST PICTURE’ IN HISTORY.

March 3, 2018 // 8 Comments

  There has been no shortage of lousy movies that have somehow picked up the ‘Best Picture’ Oscar in their year. Often, that happened simply because there was nothing of much value churned out in that particular year. But not always. In 1952 the nomination list contained a couple of quite good movies, The Quiet Man and Ivanhoe, two over-rated ones, High Noon and Moulin Rouge, and one [...]

IN THE BEGINNING…PT 5

January 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

SAM ELLIOTT (1944 – ) Sam made his (official) movie debut in the 1969 runaway success Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid. His future wife, Katharine Ross, also appeared in that film, but they never met on the set because their scenes were shot on different days. It would be another nine years before they would meet and fall in love while making The Legacy (1978). They wed in 1984 and are [...]

Stars we lost in 2016 – PT 1.

January 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

  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 live forever on celluloid. I shall look at the others in a couple of days. The two-part list begins with the [...]

Memorable musical moments in movies – PT2 – (25-1).

December 24, 2016 // 2 Comments

  25          PULP FICTION (1994) – The popular Chuck Berry hit, ‘You Never Can Tell’, gets a second life as Uma Thurman and John Travolta join the ‘Jack Rabbit Slim Twist Contest’ – and win. To my mind Travolta is one of the most watchable actors going around, and has been since Welcome Back, Kotter. 24          TOP GUN (1986) – Every once in a while a piece [...]

Memorable musical moments in movies – PT1 – (50-26).

December 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

  50          FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986) – A clip that I personally cannot abide is this one of Matthew Broderick miming to the Beatles’, ‘Twist and Shout’, while standing atop a parade float in the city. His miming is not very good either, but the dancing and crowd reaction are appealing. Needless to say, young audiences in the eighties loved it. 49          [...]
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