KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY – PT1.

June 22, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  Here is a run-down of most of the parent/offspring deals in the movie industry in the west. I keep thinking that movie acting must be extremely difficult, but then I see the number of sons and daughters of movie stars who take up the profession and succeed at it. […]

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FAMOUS UNSCRIPTED LINES AND SCENES

June 7, 2018 Alan Royle 6

     The Jazz Singer (1927) Al Jolson (Jakie Rabinowitz): ‘Wait a minute! Wait a minute! You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!’ (Almost as if it was an omen for the future, the first words spoken by Jolson in the first ever ‘talkie’ were completely ad-libbed.)      Casablanca (1942) Humphrey […]

The Warner Bros. Story

December 8, 2016 Alan Royle 1

  Warner Brothers was incorporated in 1923 by the four brothers – Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack. They bought a lot on Sunset Boulevard and their first big star was a German shepherd named Rin Tin Tin. In fact, it would be fair to say that the studio would almost […]

Five short stories Pt 1.

April 8, 2016 admin 2

  Canadian-born Florence Lawrence became the first movie star to be identified by name. Before that she was simply ‘The Biograph Girl’, and that suited her just fine, as it did all the other featured players in other companies. Nobody wanted to be named because it might jeopardize their stage […]

Norma Shearer – MGM’S ‘Queen of the Lot’.

January 5, 2016 admin 0

  Irving Thalberg, the ‘boy genius’ in charge of production at MGM, died in 1936 while his wife, Norma Shearer, was in the middle of making Marie Antoinette. He was a genius when it came to organizing a film studio and making it run efficiently and profitably. The fledgling company […]