March 10, 2022 Alan Royle 2

  THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (1938) I recently purchased a copy of this charming 1938 film and was surprised to find it had been shot in colour. Having only seen it once before (on television in 1960), I had expected it to be in black and white. In 1960 […]



May 23, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  THE GUNS OF WILL SONNETT (1967-9) 50 EPISODES         Old Will Sonnet (played by Walter Brennan) is an ex-cavalry scout and gunfighter who roams the West with his grandson, Jeff, (played by Dack Rambo), in search of his son and Jeff’s father, James Sonnett, a former lawman and gunfighter. James […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT36.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT36.

November 29, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  DOLORES MORAN (1926-82)                                                                               Dolores was one of those actresses whose private life proved to be far more interesting than her film career. The extremely well-endowed Californian beauty was signed to a seven-year contract at Warner Bros at the age of sixteen (with her parents’ full consent) in […]

More Thirties Movie Trivia – PT4

February 9, 2018 Alan Royle 0

        Wendy Hiller and Leslie Howard in Pygmalion (1938) The scene in both Pygmalion (1938) and My Fair Lady (1964) where Eliza accidentally swallows a marble during her elocution lessons was never part of George Bernard Shaw’s original story. In the 1938 film Wendy Hiller suddenly exhibited a pained […]


July 14, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  25        JOE PANTOLIANO I enjoyed Joe Pantoliano as Guido in Risky Business (1983), Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run (1988) and as Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive (1993). My only criticism is his over-use of expletives in the roles he chooses. Perhaps, I am just showing my age. 24        AUSTIN […]

When is an Indian not an Indian? (PT 2).

February 16, 2017 Alan Royle 1

  On February 14, I posted the first part of this article, featuring a selection of non-Native Americans who have portrayed Amerindians in movies over the past 100 years or so. It was not a comprehensive list. In part two the focus shifts to the genuine Native Americans who now […]

PAST OSCAR WINNERS – Some Observations – PT 1.

September 29, 2016 Alan Royle 0

                I have been looking through the history of the Academy Awards and, like most people interested in such things, I have found myself disagreeing with many of the choices and agreeing wholeheartedly with others. Here are a few of my thoughts on […]

Great character actors Pt 3.

March 9, 2016 admin 2

    Eve Arden was born Eunice Quedens in California in 1908. Her folks divorced when she was young and she quit school at 16 to join a stock theatre company. She made her film debut in Song of Love in 1929 and her Broadway debut (as Eve Arden) in […]

Gay/Bisexual Actors in Old TV Shows ( Pt 4 )

June 24, 2015 admin 8

  Dick Sargent ( 1930 – 94) Dick Sargent was the original choice to play the male lead in the Bewitched series, but other commitments caused him to surrender the opportunity to Dick York. York was very good as Darrin Stephens, but suffered from a chronic back complaint that resulted […]