Hollywood Mysteries Pt 1.

July 16, 2017 Alan Royle 0

                        There has been a number of mysterious deaths in Hollywood and the movie (and TV )business over the past hundred or so years. Over the next week or so I shall briefly look at the most interesting of […]

The Silent Movie Era – a few observations.

November 30, 2016 Alan Royle 6

                                                             Here are a few unrelated ‘snippets’ from the good old days of the ‘Silent Era’. Some of them you may already know about; others you may not. But each one contributes to our knowledge and understanding of that long ago […]

Tragic Hollywood – Who killed funnyman Ted Healy?

December 18, 2015 admin 8

  Wallace Beery won the Oscar in 1931-2 for The Champ, even though he actually scored one less vote than Fredric March that year. The rules of the previous year awarded Oscars to performers who finished within three votes of the winner. Presenter Conrad Nagel, unaware that the regulations had […]

What’s in a name Part One?

August 2, 2015 admin 0

Back in the good old studio days it was customary for studios to come up with snappy nicknames for their female stars. Well, they thought they were snappy, anyway. For some reason these were seldom given to male actors, although that is not to say that some of these guys […]

CAROLE LOMBARD – The Profane Angel.

July 31, 2015 admin 0

  Finding really likeable movie stars from the studio era can be quite a challenge at times. Carole Lombard, however, courtesy of her brazen, down to earth approach to life, was a woman who enjoyed the trappings of fame, but never let them seduce her. And that made her a […]

Thelma Todd’s death – maybe murder after all?

July 4, 2015 admin 42

      I wrote a month or two ago about the death of actress Thelma Todd in 1935. Based on police and coroner’s reports, I chose to believe she died by accident. Since then, however, I have delved into the case more closely and I am now ready to […]

Thelma Todd – murder, accident or suicide?

April 4, 2015 admin 0

    Thelma Todd Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA in 1906.   Hollywood’s rather lame penchant for giving its stars silly nicknames, (especially the females), resulted in this very likeable comedienne being labelled ‘the Ice-cream Blonde’ throughout her career in the 20s and 30s. Originally, she had intentions of becoming […]