MOVIE TRIVIA – PT142.

October 20, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    Errol Flynn Errol Flynn had various mirrors and hiding places constructed inside his mansion, including an overhead trapdoor above one of the guest bedrooms for surreptitious viewing! Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood toured the house as a prospective buyer back in the seventies, and reported: ‘Errol had two-way […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT137.

August 18, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    Three of the film’s Munchkins Judy Garland recalled working on the set of The Wizard of Oz (1939) with The Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), The Tin Man (Jack Haley) and The Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr). ‘Whenever we’d do that little dance up the Yellow Brick Road, I was supposed […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT96

January 3, 2019 Alan Royle 4

  Florence Lawrence – the first ever movie star Florence Lawrence was born in Canada in 1886 and started her stage career as ‘Baby Florence the Kid Wonder’. She made her first movie The Automobile Thieves (1906) and soon became known as ‘The Vitagraph Girl’. Then Biograph started putting her […]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT1

November 8, 2018 Alan Royle 2

  Every once in a while a picture or a performance comes along that seems to possess a bit of movie magic. Usually it is through a combination of things; an above average screenplay boasting memorable one-liners, a particularly charismatic star in just the right setting to suit his or […]

1939 – My Top Ten.

April 18, 2018 Alan Royle 0

10        THE WOMEN – Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard,                                          Mary Boland, Joan Fontaine, Virginia Weidler, Marjorie Main, Virginia Grey, Ruth Hussey, Lucille Watson, Hedda Hopper There are a number of things wrong with The Women, not the least of which is the appallingly hammy performance […]

My 30 Favorite Movie Villains: PT1

April 8, 2018 Alan Royle 6

  Here is part one of my list of the 30 performances by movie villains I have enjoyed the most down the decades. That does not mean I have chosen the scariest or even the best-acted roles; just the ones I have enjoyed watching the most. I have seen every […]

More Thirties Movie Trivia – PT6

February 13, 2018 Alan Royle 6

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 […]

More Thirties Movie Trivia – PT3

February 7, 2018 Alan Royle 1

      Ann Miller                                               in You Can’t Take It With You You Can’t Take it with You (1938) was dancer Ann Miller’s ninth movie as an adult, […]

Notable Character Actresses – PT4

January 28, 2018 Alan Royle 0

MARGARET HAMILTON (1902 – 85) The Wizard of Oz (1939)                     State of the Union (1948)                    These Three (1936) As the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz (1939) Margaret Hamilton became so identified with her role as the witch in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, that throughout […]

Darwin Porter – Believe him or not? PT 1.

October 24, 2017 Alan Royle 0

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 […]