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‘WRITTEN ON THE WIND’ (1956) – a trashy soap opera.

November 21, 2017 // 1 Comment

WRITTEN ON THE WIND (1956)                           I had the misfortune to again watch Written on the Wind recently, the first time I have done so since my grandparents took me to see the thing in 1958 at our local theatre. I was 11 years old. I didn’t like it then and I still don’t like it. It is a soap opera of the worst kind, one with scarcely any story, a mundane script [...]

7 actors who recorded #1hit singles.

March 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Ever since Billboard has been used to assess the popularity of single recordings there have been a few actors who have unexpectedly surprised us by recording songs that went all the way to the top of the charts. There were two in 1957, one in 1958, one in 1962, one in 1964, another in 1970 and a seventh in 1976. Of course, there have been a great many singers who have gone on to become big [...]

Henry Willson – super agent.

February 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

  He started out as a journalist in the 1930s. By the late 30s he became the guy who gave Lana Turner her name. In fact, Henry had a real flair for creating memorable (and unusual) names for up and coming actors and actresses. In addition to Lana he represented Joan Fontaine, Rhonda Fleming and Natalie Wood, but his main source of income derived from his ‘stable’ of beef cake actors. [...]

Gay/Bisexual Actors in Old TV Shows ( Pt 3 )

June 21, 2015 // 5 Comments

  Nigel Hawthorne (1929 – 2001) The most surprising fact about the superbly written (and acted) Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister is that only 38 episodes in total were made, 22 in the first show and just 16 in the second. Hawthorne was quite brilliant as Sir Humphrey Appleby in both, clearly (in my opinion) the star of both series, but Paul Eddington and Derek Fowlds were both [...]