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Forties Movie Trivia – PT4

February 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

                                                                                                          the former SS. Normandie on her side in New York                                                                                                   When the French luxury liner Normandie [...]

Forties Movie Trivia – PT1

February 17, 2018 // 2 Comments

It is generally conceded that Orson Welles’ 1941 classic Citizen Kane is loosely based on the career of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. What is not so generally known is that a sub-plot in which Susan Kane has an extra-marital affair was deleted late in the day by Welles himself. The affair was supposed to mirror the suspected affair of Hearst’s mistress Marion Davies with Charles [...]

More Thirties Movie Trivia – PT6

February 13, 2018 // 4 Comments

Jon Hall in The Hurricane (1937) Director John Ford was convinced that no actor could effectively fake the pain experienced in a flogging, so the star of The Hurricane (1937), Jon Hall, volunteered to be whipped for real and was horse-whipped until his back bled! The censors, however, took one look at the footage and declared it to be too realistic and the entire sequence was cut from the film! [...]

Thirties movie trivia – PT1

February 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

                  Norma Shearer                               Norma & Jimmy Stewart circa 1939         Mickey Rooney in his Andy Hardy days Norma Shearer’s husband, Irving Thalberg, passed away in September 1936. Because of his fragile heart condition the couple had, on doctor’s orders, pretty much abstained from energetic sexual activity during their [...]

Child Stars of Bygone Days – PT1

December 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

This is the first article about the myriad child stars who graced movies and television since the very beginning of the movie industry until around 1980. I have left out the more recent ones because their stories are mostly still to be written. So, we shall take a trip down memory lane and see if you remember these stars of yesteryear. There is no order of merit, otherwise Shirley Temple would be [...]

The Spencer Tracy – Katharine Hepburn Romance – PT2.

December 13, 2017 // 2 Comments

Actor George O’Brien was Spencer Tracy’s friend, but even he was disgusted with his pal’s treatment of Kate Hepburn. She would help get him to his hotel room, bathe him, cook dinner for him and get him into his pajamas. ‘Sometimes the ungrateful bastard would kick her out of his bedroom and lock the door behind him. It was the sickest relationship I’d ever heard of’, said O’Brien. [...]

The Spencer Tracy – Katharine Hepburn Romance – PT1.

December 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

                      If we can believe the studio hype imparted to biographers, the relationship between Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn was one of the deepest and most enduring loves in Hollywood history. On the other hand, if we can believe the account written by Hollywood insider Darwin Porter, it was a whole lot different. I imagine the complete truth lies somewhere in [...]

SNIPPETS – PT2.

November 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Kate and Barrymore in A Bill of Divorcement (1932) Kate Hepburn made her movie debut in the 1932 drama A Bill of Divorcement, in which the aging John Barrymore played her mentally unbalanced father. Known as ‘The Great Profile’, he invited her to his dressing-room where he promptly stripped naked and suggested the two of them ‘get on with it.’ Kate admitted that he seduced her, ‘but [...]

Darwin Porter – Believe him or not? PT 3

October 28, 2017 // 4 Comments

The third and final segment regarding ‘Katharine the Great’, the controversial Darwin Porter biography of Katherine Hepburn. Eleanor Roosevelt *Eleanor Roosevelt had a heavy crush on Kate although it was not reciprocated. In the early 1940s the First Lady wrote her many passionate letters, but it was a one-way love affair. In 1948 there was serious talk that Eleanor might run for the [...]

Darwin Porter – Believe him or not? PT 1.

October 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Darwin Porter is a prolific writer, a man who has been an entertainment columnist for The Miami Herald since he was 20 years old. He has written and sold more celebrity biographies than anyone else, yet he has his ‘knockers’, people who think he is little more than a sensationalist muckraker. And they may well be right yet, when we consider that generations of movie fans have been weaned on [...]
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