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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT50.

September 1, 2018 // 6 Comments

Several scenes in the 1952 film The Sound Barrier required stars Nigel Patrick and Ann Todd to be seated in one of the new de Havilland Comets. They were blissfully unaware that in just two years’ time two de Havilland Comets would break up in mid-air, killing everyone on board both flights. It took several years for experts to work out what had happened. In those days black box flight [...]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT2.

March 15, 2018 // 3 Comments

  Tea and Sympathy (1956) could have been a fine movie, but the Production Code Administration (PCA) and the Catholic Legion of Decency (CLOD) did all in their considerable powers to emasculate it. And they succeeded. No matter how many times the screenplay was rewritten, they continued to find it ‘morally unacceptable’. Loew’s theatre chain and several other major chains refused to [...]

Barbara Stanwyck (1907-90).

August 27, 2017 // 4 Comments

  BARBARA STANWYCK                        Barbara Stanwyck was one of those actresses whose performances ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous. From brilliant to lousy. Admittedly, most performers have roles they are extremely proud of and others that make them cringe, but Stanwyck was a bit different in that her best ever performance (in my opinion) and her worst ever [...]

WAMPAS Baby Stars 1932

April 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

  LONA ANDRE (1915 – 92) Tennessee-born Lona Andre landed a few leads in minor movies and a number of mostly uncredited bit parts in more important features, but overall her career never amounted to much. Her 1935 marriage to leading man Edward Norris probably set some kind of record for brevity when they parted company after just four days, Lona immediately filing for divorcement in [...]

Stars we lost in 2016 – Pt 2.

January 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

  In the previous post I looked at the passing of Carrie Fisher, Michael Massee, Jon Polito, Florence Henderson, David Bowie, Patty Duke, Alan Rickman, Alan Thicke, Charmian Carr, Dan Haggerty, Kenny Baker, Robert Vaughn, Gene Wilder and Ronnie Corbett. Here are some more unique individuals who failed to see out 2016.        Andrew Sachs (1930-2016) as Manuel      in later years [...]

Did you know? – Garson, Darnell, Eastwood & Boyle

October 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Greer Garson Mr & Mrs Richard Ney 1943 Teresa Wrioght & Richard Ney in Mrs Miniver (1942) The first of Greer Garson’s three marriages did not last past the honeymoon in Austria in 1933. Her possessive husband virtually held her hostage the whole time. On their return to England she moved in with her mother. Her husband then went off to India and they divorced seven years later. [...]

Robert Wagner – matinee idol of the fifties.

January 19, 2016 // 2 Comments

  RJ & Natalie, marriage #1 ‘RJ’, as Robert Wagner is known to most of his friends, was always destined to end up acting. As a boy he attended schools and Military Colleges with the offspring of movie stars and other celebrities. These included Charlie Chaplin’s son Sydney, Irving Thalberg Junior, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ son, Fred Astaire’s step-son, and others. His first [...]

Leonardo DiCaprio – sensible superstar.

November 13, 2015 // 4 Comments

  I wonder if any of the non-entities who comprised the cast of the woeful 1991 low budget horror feature Critters 3 entertained any suspicions that the 17 year-old who made his movie debut playing the part of Josh in it would go on to become an icon in the movie business. One would have to assume the answer to that question would be a resounding ‘no’, given that Leonardo DiCaprio was as [...]

Stolen Oscars? Pt. 2

September 22, 2015 // 2 Comments

  The second part of ‘Stolen Oscars?’ commences with 1981. In part one I looked at 10 Oscar-winning movies that, in my opinion, were unworthy. Here are eight more: 1981    Chariots of Fire Chariots of Fire was not a bad movie, but it was a long way from a great one. Every now and then a little, nondescript picture cleans up. This one looks at a couple of British runners at the 1924 [...]

Stanwyck & Taylor – a Lavender Marriage?

July 6, 2015 // 29 Comments

When it came to questions about her sexuality, Barbara Stanwyck was the old studio days’ equivalent of today’s Tom Cruise. Any mention of her sexual preferences would immediately bring forth veiled threats of litigation should the subject be pursued. Cruise does the same thing today. Mention his name in connection with homosexuality or bisexuality and he will threaten to sue. I recently read [...]
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