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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT64.

October 7, 2018 // 2 Comments

  Kitty Kelley Biographer Kitty Kelley wrote His Way in 1986, an unauthorised biography of Frank Sinatra. In it she told of his numerous conquests that included Nancy Reagan, whom he visited at the White House for romantic trysts while her husband the President of the United States was away on state visits. His list of lovers consisted of most of Hollywood’s greatest beauties – Liz Taylor, [...]

My Favorite Screen Villains Top 10

April 20, 2018 // 10 Comments

      10                                                         ROBERT RYAN as Master of Arms John Claggart in BILLY BUDD (1962) Billy Budd (1962) is a fine drama that helped put a young Terence Stamp into the upper bracket of British stars during the sixties, but it was Hollywood veteran Robert Ryan who stole the picture. He convincingly played Master of Arms [...]

My favourite 50 movies of all time – Pt 1.

February 14, 2016 // 4 Comments

  About ten years ago I published volume one of ‘Hollywood Warts ‘n’ All’, and in it I included my ‘Top 50 Movies’. I pointed out at the time that my choices were based entirely on which films gave me the most viewing pleasure; not on technical quality or directorial brilliance, but simply on entertainment quality. Some pictures I can watch again and again because I enjoy the [...]

Did you know? Points of Interest Pt. 6

September 3, 2015 // 6 Comments

  Ursula Andress says she lost her virginity at the age of sixteen in a photographer’s studio. Before her career began to blossom the Swiss beauty spent a week with Roger Vadim and Brigitte Bardot, reputedly sharing their bed each night. After making several potboilers in Rome she was introduced to a Hollywood agent by none other than Marlon Brando. She missed out on an acting contract at [...]

Did You Know? – Points of Interest PT 5

August 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

  After starring in A Summer Place in 1959, Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Troy Donahue had the acting world at his feet. Then he blew it with drugs and booze. ‘I was loaded all the time’, he recalled. ‘I’d wake up about 6:30 in the morning, take three aspirins mixed with codeine, slug down half a pint of vodka and then do four lines of cocaine. That was just so I could get the front door [...]

Did You Know? – Items of interest Pt 1.

August 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

  From time to time I shall post a dozen or so short items, snippets of information about movie and television actors that I have found interesting. Hopefully, you will, too. Somehow it is hard to imagine that Don Adams, the little guy who played Agent Maxwell Smart in the very funny hit TV series Get Smart, could ever be involved in anything as serious as a World War – yet he was. [...]

The Best Movie Music?

May 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Brief Note: At last, the day has arrived! After years of research, and months of hard work from my son Peter setting up this site and connecting with Amazon and Kindle, today we launch book two, ‘Movies Based on True Stories’. It is 626 pages in length (on Kindle), covers 400 movies, most of which are ‘based on true stories’, and has been priced at just $5.99 US and $7.66 in [...]