the wizard of oz

1939 – My Top Ten.

April 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

My 30 Favorite Movie Villains: PT1

April 8, 2018 // 6 Comments

  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 one of these performances more than once (a few of them as many as 40 times). Villains, such as all the action hero nasties, do not get a [...]

More Thirties Movie Trivia – PT6

February 13, 2018 // 6 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! [...]

More Thirties Movie Trivia – PT3

February 7, 2018 // 1 Comment

      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, yet she was just 14 years old at the time of shooting! She had managed to procure a fake birth certificate that said she was born in 1919 when, in fact, her birthdate was April 12, 1923. [...]

Notable Character Actresses – PT4

January 28, 2018 // 0 Comments

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 the remainder of her life she signed [...]

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 [...]

Memorable musical moments in movies – PT1 – (50-26).

December 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

  50          FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986) – A clip that I personally cannot abide is this one of Matthew Broderick miming to the Beatles’, ‘Twist and Shout’, while standing atop a parade float in the city. His miming is not very good either, but the dancing and crowd reaction are appealing. Needless to say, young audiences in the eighties loved it. 49          [...]

‘Gilligan’s Island’ – was it really over FIFTY years ago?

September 5, 2016 // 6 Comments

  Gilligan’s Island popped onto our TV screens back in the sixties and, like I Love Lucy, it has just stayed there and stayed there and…The more I think about it (which I admit is not often), most of us probably watch the thing because it is forever cluttering up our TV screens at some hour of the day or night. The entire premise of Gilligan’s Island is absurd, annoyingly so. I was a [...]

More old TV shows trivia.

December 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

  To baby-boomers the name Honor Blackman conjures up two distinct and memorable images – Cathy Gale in all of the first 43 episodes of the hit TV series The Avengers –  and Pussy Galore in the 1964 James Bond classic Goldfinger. In August 2015, the wonderful Honor Blackman turned ninety years of age. Born in England in 1925, she was taught boxing by her brother and became [...]