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FORTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 6.

March 11, 2018 // 10 Comments

                     George Raft George Raft turned down the leads in High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon (both in 1941), thereby giving Humphrey Bogart’s career a huge kick-start. Contrary to public opinion though, he never turned down Casablanca (1942). Why? Because he was never offered it. There are many myths and a lot of folklore surrounding that wonderful movie and that is just [...]

Forties Movie Trivia – PT3

February 21, 2018 // 0 Comments

To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Adolf Hitler banned Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator (1940) in Germany and in every country occupied by the Nazis, although he did smuggle in a copy through Portugal for himself. Hitler, incidentally, thought Chaplin was a Jew. It is said that he watched the picture twice but his reactions were not recorded. Chaplin was born on the 16th of April 1889 [...]

A few Hollywood substance abusers PT 2.

November 4, 2016 // 11 Comments

    Anthony Hopkins Anthony Hopkins opted to join Alcoholics Anonymous after he awoke in another state without having any idea how he got there. Until then he had struggled with alcoholism since the beginning of his acting career. It turned him into a loner and destroyed several relationships.   Veronica Lake Veronica Lake died at the age of 51 in 1973. Acute alcoholism and mental [...]

Victor Mature – catnip to the ladies.

April 4, 2016 // 7 Comments

    From 1939 until 1984 Victor Mature appeared in 55 movies and one TV series, The Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1966). He wasn’t very good in many of them, and no-one was more aware of that than him. My Darling Clementine (1946) and Kiss of Death (1947) were clearly his best work, but too often he was asked to decorate sand and sandals melodramas and biblical films in which he [...]

What was Veronica Lake really like?

March 21, 2016 // 18 Comments

  Veronica Lake became famous during World War Two, primarily because of her silly ‘Peekaboo’ hair style that was copied by thousands of young women employed in the war industry. I recently watched her in a quaint little 1942 film called Sullivan’s Travels and I was surprised to find her giving a really enjoyable performance alongside Joel McCrea. The picture was written and [...]

Good Guys & Gals (Pt 1)

January 21, 2016 // 6 Comments

  Like any community, Hollywood has had its share of men and women who excelled as human beings, not just in their chosen profession, but in their private lives as well. In an industry where the slightest miss-step is plastered all over the media, to go through decades without drawing any adverse publicity is not an easy thing to do, especially given the temptation in evidence in every [...]