TV WESTERNS – PT37

TV WESTERNS – PT37

October 4, 2022 Alan Royle 0

  STORIES OF THE CENTURY (1954-5) 39 EPISODES               This series was set in the American West (from the 1850s through to 1900), much of the footage being lifted from various westerns turned out by Republic Pictures over the years, via that studio’s subsidiary, Hollywood […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT203.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT203.

October 1, 2022 Alan Royle 3

  George Clooney in ER                George Clooney has always been a man of his word, even when he was barely starting out in the acting business. As his star meteorically rose during his time on ER he adamantly refused to quit before his […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT65

RANDOM QUOTES – PT65

September 28, 2022 Alan Royle 0

  CHARLES LAUGHTON (1899 – 1962)                  [The man who played Edward Moulton-Barrett in The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) and Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) admitted struggling with the characterizations]: ‘When I have a part like Father Barrett or Bligh, I hate the man’s guts so […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – ‘FROM HELL’ 2001

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – ‘FROM HELL’ 2001

September 25, 2022 Alan Royle 0

  FROM HELL (2001)              This ‘Jack the Ripper’ Victorian England drama was filmed in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, not in London’s prohibitively expensive East End. The Czech capital provided a convincing impression of 1880s London at a far cheaper cost. Great care […]

TV WESTERNS – PT36

TV WESTERNS – PT36

September 22, 2022 Alan Royle 2

  SKY KING (1952-59) 72 EPISODES                       Beginning as a radio show in 1946, Sky King evolved into a television series six years later. And a popular one at that. It starred Kirby Grant as Arizona rancher and aircraft pilot Schuyler ‘Sky’ King, a character said to have been based […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT202

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT202

September 19, 2022 Alan Royle 0

  PIERCE BROSNAN Irish-born Pierce Brosnan was chosen to play James Bond in 1986 and was given the script for The Living Daylights (1987), despite him being contracted to play the title character in the TV series Remington Steele for a full seven seasons. He was greatly relieved to learn […]

KAY KENDALL, SUZY KENDALL, PATSY KENSIT

KAY KENDALL, SUZY KENDALL, PATSY KENSIT

September 16, 2022 Alan Royle 2

    KAY KENDALL (1926-59)              Vivacious Kay Kendall hailed from Yorkshire. Her father was the vaudevillian son of a music hall star so the theatre was in her blood. Fame came her way suddenly with her performance in the popular British comedy Genevieve (1953). […]

‘THE ST. VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE’ (1967)

‘THE ST. VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE’ (1967)

September 13, 2022 Alan Royle 4

  THE ST. VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE (1967)         The actual garage in Chicago in which the real massacre took place in 1929, was torn down just three months after this picture’s release in 1967. Gangland killings had been commonplace in Chicago during the 1920s, but the execution of seven men by […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT64

RANDOM QUOTES – PT64

September 10, 2022 Alan Royle 0

  JENNIFER BEALS (1963 – )                      [On her lifestyle despite her fame as an actress]: ‘It’s been perfect. I can still ride a subway and work with great people. I can’t imagine being Julia Roberts. I don’t have the fortitude to withstand that kind of attention.’ [On who inspires her]: […]

TV WESTERNS – PT35

TV WESTERNS – PT35

September 7, 2022 Alan Royle 7

  SARA (1976) 12 EPISODES                                    This series of just twelve sixty-minute episodes starred Brenda Vaccaro and was based on the novel The Revolt of Sarah Perkins by Marian Cockrell. Set in Independence Colorado in the 1870s, the show sees Brenda portraying an unmarried schoolteacher, Sara Yarnell, who gives up her […]