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The ‘CARRY ON’ Pictures Pt 2.

June 30, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  CARRY ON COWBOY (1965)   Margaret Nolan in Carry on Cowboy Voluptuous Margaret Nolan makes the first of her six ‘Carry On’ films here playing Miss Jones. Not only was she beautiful, but she also showed a genuine flair for comedy. James Bond fans will recall her as Dink in […]

The ‘CARRY ON’ pictures – Pt 1.

June 28, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  There were 31 ‘Carry On’ pictures all told. The first, Carry on Sergeant, reared its substandard head in 1958 and made money. The last, Carry on Columbus, was screened in 1992. They were all low budget servings of British music hall humour consisting of sexist jokes, remarks and plots, […]

MIA FARROW – Her story.

June 26, 2017 Alan Royle 2

  Australian-born director John Farrow was Mia’s father. He rarely cast a female extra whom he had not already bedded or was about to. In Mia’s autobiography she mentions knowing about her father’s affair with Ava Gardner from an early age. The two became involved while making the 1953 film […]

The Romances of Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco.

June 24, 2017 Alan Royle 29

    The stunning American actress Grace Kelly only made eleven movies in her brief but spectacular career. By most accounts she made hay with most of her leading men while the sun shone. But not all of them. Her supporters argue that she was basically seeking a father substitute […]


June 22, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  10                    M.A.S.H. (1972-83)                                       11 SEASONS   I know M.A.S.H. owes much of its popularity to Alan Alda’s portrayal of Benjamin ‘Hawkeye’ Pierce, but I was never overly enamoured by his character. I mean, nobody was a witticism in every sentence he utters every moment of his life! Besides, I […]

‘PSYCHO’ (1960) – Hitchcock’s masterpiece.

June 18, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  Paramount did not think much of the source material for this picture. But Alfred Hitchcock did. Recognizing its potential, he anonymously purchased the screen rights to Robert Bloch’s novel for a paltry $9,000, then went around buying up as many copies as he could find, just to keep the […]

The making of ‘Love Me Tender’ (1956)

June 16, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  I was ten years old when my grandparents took me to see Elvis Presley’s first picture, Love Me Tender. I think they were curious to see what all the fuss was about. I had been reading history books for a few years by then, mostly books about wars and […]

JACK NICHOLSON – The women in his life.

June 14, 2017 Alan Royle 1

  Like a great many actors, Jack Nicholson spent the first decade or so of his professional life in the wilderness, waiting for calls to work that did not come. When fame eventually found him, more or less overnight, he did what scores of stars had done before him. He […]

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‘MACBETH’ (1971) – Polanski’s take on The Bard

June 12, 2017 Alan Royle 1

   Roman Polanski and writer Kenneth Tynan shared similar views on what this production of Shakespeare’s play should look like. They intended to have Lady Macbeth do the sleepwalk scene stark naked; they wanted to depict death more realistically and they wished to inject a lot more violence than was […]