WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT17.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT17.

February 8, 2020 Alan Royle 4

GOULD, Harold:                                                                  Fans of the Academy Award winning Best Picture of 1973, The Sting, will recall Harold Gould in the showy role of Kid Twist. On television he was Martin Morgenstern on the sitcom Rhoda (1974-78) and Miles Webber (the steadfast suitor of Betty White’s character Rose Nylund) on another […]

WORLD WAR 2 – The stars & their stories – PT14.

December 22, 2019 Alan Royle 0

FALK, Peter:                                                                                                                                                 The star of TV’s Columbo (1971-2003) lost an eye to retinoblastoma in 1930 when he was three years old. Having a glass eye, however, did not deter him from trying to enlist in the US Marines at 17 in 1944. He bluffed his way past the […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT13.

December 10, 2019 Alan Royle 3

EBSEN, Buddy:                                                                    It took quite a long while for Buddy to recover from the effects of the toxic aluminum paste he had breathed in as the Tin Man in 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, (he had to leave the production). So he took up sailing and became quite proficient in […]

World War Two – The Stars & their stories – PT12.

December 1, 2019 Alan Royle 0

DONALD, James:                                                                 The highly respected Scottish actor James Donald is probably remembered by most movie fans for his portrayal of the Senior British Officer in the enormously successful 1963 film The Great Escape, but he graced many other fine productions in his career. In 1939, he tried to enlist, but […]

WW2 – The stars & their stories – PT11.

November 22, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  DAVIS Jr, Sammy:                                                                                                   Sammy was called up in 1943 when he was eighteen and his experiences in the services were typical of many African-American servicemen during World War Two. He had his nose broken twice in barrack-room fights following racist remarks and persecution from white soldiers. To say, […]

WW2 – The Stars & Their Stories – PT1.

September 2, 2019 Alan Royle 2

                            When I first decided to write about the wartime stories of movie personnel touched by the Second World War, I thought of categorizing individuals, of presenting my findings under group headings: ‘Those who saw action, those […]

HOLLYWOOD & WW2 – PT1.

August 18, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  When World War Two started in September 1939, studio moguls in Hollywood faced a dilemma. Most of these men were Jewish and hailed from European countries about to be subjected to Nazi occupation. Nazi treatment of Jews was common knowledge, yet the studio heads seemed far more concerned with […]