‘THE GREAT ESCAPE’ (1963)

‘THE GREAT ESCAPE’ (1963)

February 26, 2020 Alan Royle 2

The Great Escape (1963) is often talked about as Steve McQueen’s movie but there are a number of fine performances in this fine film, particularly those of James Garner, James Donald, Hannes Messemer and Donald Pleasence. Of course, McQueen was given the showiest part and he squeezed every drop out […]

GRETA GARBO (1905-90)

THE LOVES OF GRETA GARBO (1905-90)

February 23, 2020 Alan Royle 0

GRETA GARBO (1905 – 90) Anna Christie (1930), Camille (1936), Ninotchka (1939) Greta Garbo was born Greta Gustafsson in Stockholm, Sweden in 1905. Famed Swedish director Mauritz Stiller chose the 18 year-old for the lead in The Saga of Gosta Berling (1924) and she was on her way. Soon, both […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT19.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT19.

February 17, 2020 Alan Royle 0

  JONATHAN HARRIS:                                                       [On starting his stage career in ‘The Heart of a City’ at Henry Miller’s Theatre, New York City in 1942] ‘I got thrown out of that office every day. Finally, the secretary took pity on me and I got to meet Mr. Miller. He cast me as […]

HOLLYWOOD & THE ‘COMMUNIST CONSPIRACY’.

HOLLYWOOD & THE ‘COMMUNIST CONSPIRACY’.

February 14, 2020 Alan Royle 5

                        To understand how the US Government came to investigate possible links between Hollywood and the Communist Party, we need to go back as far as 1938, when the Moscow show trials preceded the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact of 1939, […]

PAULETTE GODDARD (1910-90)

PAULETTE GODDARD (1910-90)

February 11, 2020 Alan Royle 0

  PAULETTE GODDARD (1910-90)                       There has always been speculation over Paulette Goddard’s date of birth, with estimates varying from 1909 to 1915. Actress Claire Trevor (born in March 1910), went to high school with her and always maintained Paulette was a year older than her. Most sources, however, give her […]

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 […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES

February 5, 2020 Alan Royle 0

  DIE HARD (1988)                                          For sheer non-stop action it is hard to go past the Bruce Willis 1988 film Die Hard. Few expected the wise-cracking star of the hit TV […]

PROFILES – Robert Shaw & others

PROFILES – Robert Shaw & others

February 2, 2020 Alan Royle 0

   Robert Shaw It is sad when we consider just how many wonderful performances we were deprived of with Robert Shaw’s untimely death in 1978. The man was only 51 when a massive heart attack killed him on a country road in County Mayo, Ireland. His career consisted of only […]