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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT65.

October 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Gary Cooper was 55 years of age when he played Jess Birdwell in Friendly Persuasion (1956). He was far too old for the part, yet found time to complain about the casting of Dorothy McGuire. She was a poor actress, he declared, and not nearly attractive enough to play his wife. Although he was portraying a Quaker in the picture, a pacifist by definition, he insisted to the director that the [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT60.

September 23, 2018 // 0 Comments

Deanna Durbin Canadian-born Deanna Durbin was just 14 when Walt Disney tested her to be the voice of Snow White in his 1937 feature-length animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He chose not to use her because her voice sounded ‘too mature’. By 1943, at the age of twenty-one, she was the highest paid woman in the United States and the highest paid female star on the planet. She was [...]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT49.

August 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

  Many of the characters in Singin’ in the Rain (1952) are based on real people in Hollywood history. R.F. Simpson, the studio head, is a parody of L. B. Mayer; director Roscoe Dexter is a thinly disguised Erich von Stroheim; Dora Bailey is obviously a caricature of Louella Parsons; Olga, the vamp at the premiere, is a mixture of Pola Negri and Gloria Swanson; Zelda Zanders the ‘Zip [...]

STARS WHO WENT TO WAR 1939-45 – PT 1.

July 21, 2018 // 6 Comments

  A great many members of the movie community were quick to enlist and to serve their country in World War Two. Below is a shortened list of actors who served. Not all were movie stars at the time, but David Niven, Tyrone Power, James Stewart, Clark Gable, Lew Ayres, Louis Hayward, Robert Montgomery and Wayne Morris were willing to risk their careers in the service of their country.  This [...]

Forties Movie Trivia – PT2

February 19, 2018 // 4 Comments

If you have ever watched the Spencer Tracy/Robert Young film Northwest Passage (1940), you have more than likely wondered why the picture was given that title when at no time in the entire movie do they get anywhere even remotely near a ‘northwest passage’. In fact, it is never even mentioned. The answer is simple enough. This was supposed to be the first of two films, the second of which [...]

Hollywood & Abortions

April 1, 2017 // 2 Comments

  Over the past century or more that Hollywood has existed there has been no shortage of abortions performed on many of its aspiring young actresses. Unwanted offspring are not unique to the movie business, but they do tend to interfere with ambitions, not to mention reputations, more often in Tinsel Town than elsewhere. Careers have often been made (or saved) on an abortionist’s table. [...]

On-set fatalities in Hollywood movies.

November 22, 2016 // 1 Comment

Movie-making has cost the lives of quite a few of those involved in the process. Stuntmen, cameramen, assistants, extras, plus the occasional director and actor have lost their lives down the decades. This is not a definitive list, not by a long shot, but it does demonstrate the perils that have always dogged the pursuit of excellence in the film industry. I have limited my list to actors, [...]

Did you know?

November 14, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Director Dorothy Arzner & Crawford ‘I like to think that every director I’ve worked with has fallen a little in love with me’, Joan Crawford once confided in an interview none too modestly. ‘I know Dorothy Arzner did’. No surprises there. Given her well-documented sexual orientation Dorothy may well have fallen in love with many of her leading ladies over the years. When it [...]

To believe or not to believe?

February 26, 2016 // 4 Comments

  Scott Bowers at 88 In 2012 a Hollywood man named Scott Bowers wrote a book called Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars’ that was published by the reputable Grove Press. It is not a very well written book, but several gay men and women in Hollywood have already vouched for much of its content. Needless to say, there are an equal number of persons [...]

Tragic Hollywood – no end of stories.

December 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Louise Brooks once described Buster Keaton as the most beautiful man she ever saw. Be that as it may, he was certainly a comic genius. While other funny men relied on slow-cranking cameras and speeded-up images to get their laughs, he mostly worked at normal speed, much of his humour coming from scenes in which he hardly moved at all. And he never threw a single custard pie in any of his [...]
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