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TV – When the western was king – PT2.

June 25, 2018 // 4 Comments

  Part two of this article looks at the 25 television westerns from the 1949-69 era that were the most successful, according to the number of episodes in each. There may be a few surprises, although number one will come as no surprise at all to anyone who remembers the era and the genre.   25        THE ADVENTURES OF KIT CARSON     1951-5         (103 episodes)       [...]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT6.

March 31, 2018 // 1 Comment

The two leads in Carnival Story (1954), Steve Cochran and Anne Baxter, did not enjoy each other’s company during the shoot. ‘One minute I was Mother Cabrini, helping him with his complicated love life’, Anne said later, ‘the next kicking him out of my tiny penthouse for attempted rape. He was a handsome, talented, undisciplined bastard.’ Years later, when nobody would hire him anymore, [...]

What Happened to the ‘Wagon Train’ (1957-65) Stars?

March 25, 2018 // 7 Comments

From 1957 until 1965 the prairie schooners of TV’s Wagon Train series rolled over 284 episodes. Throughout those eight seasons only eight actors (no actresses) appeared in fifty or more episodes. A minor actress named Kay Stewart popped up in eleven episodes from 1958 to 1964, playing eleven different women. Her career would span 40 years and 99 screen credits, mostly TV spots. Kay was an [...]

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?

August 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Stephen Boyd Stephen Boyd was born the youngest of nine children of a Northern Ireland family in 1928 and will more than likely become immortalized in cinematic history because of his memorable performance as Messala in the enormously successful 1959 blockbuster Ben-Hur. Charlton Heston may have secured the Oscar in the title role, but an awful lot of fans (and critics) found Boyd’s [...]

The Magical Fifties.

June 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

  I remember being taken in the fifties by my grand-parents to the open-air cinema nearby to watch black and white dramas starring the likes of Joan Crawford, George Raft, Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, Dana Andrews, Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Ida Lupino and many others. For some reason a handful of those stars held a kind of fascination for me. I did not much care for these gloomy film noirs [...]

What Happened To? ( Pt 1 )

April 9, 2015 // 2 Comments

This category will, from time to time, look at old stars from both movies and TV, to see where they are today, and what happened to them after their days in the spotlight ended. I shall start Pt 1 with the TV western series of the 50s and 60s. Some of them anyway. GUNSMOKE (1955-75)   James Arness (1923-2011). He played the star of the show, Marshal Matt Dillon, and appeared in all 635 [...]