TV WESTERNS – PT7.

TV WESTERNS – PT7.

September 21, 2020 Alan Royle 4

      CIMARRON CITY (1958-9) 26 EPISODES                     Cimarron City only survived for 26 one-hour episodes. Up against the very popular CBS series Gunsmoke and Have Gun – Will Travel in a tough Saturday night time-slot, it may have done better had it been switched to the less competitive Sunday […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT32.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT32.

September 18, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  DIANA RIGG:                                             [The gorgeous actress who played Emma Peel in the British series The Avengers (1965-8), liked to wear Armani, ‘because he’s just brilliant at tailoring’, she said] ‘I think I was quite daring. I was once escorted out of a restaurant because I was wearing a trouser suit. […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT14.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT14.

September 12, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  G.I. BLUES (1960)                                        668 Elvis Presley made a total of thirty-one movies between 1956 and 1969, most of which are quite difficult to sit through. In fact, the man himself had little time for them either. He wanted to progress as an actor by playing meaningful roles, but his […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT160.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT160.

September 9, 2020 Alan Royle 4

  Susan Oliver Beautiful green-eyed actress Susan Oliver was a passenger aboard the Clipper Washington, a Boeing 707, on a trans-Atlantic flight from Paris to New York when it dropped from 35,000 feet to 6,000 feet before the pilot managed to recover the aircraft. It was February 3, 1959, the […]

PROFILES – Wanda Hendrix & Sonja Henie.

PROFILES – Wanda Hendrix & Sonja Henie.

September 6, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  WANDA HENDRIX (1928 – 81)                             She was born Dixie Wanda Hendrix in Jacksonville, Florida in 1928. Whilst appearing in her little hometown theatre group, young Dixie was noticed by a talent scout and signed to a […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT31.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT31.

September 3, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  KIM NOVAK:                                              ‘The head of publicity at the Hollywood studio where I was first under contract [Columbia] told me, ‘You’re a piece of meat, that’s all’. It wasn’t very nice but I had to take it. When I made my first screen test, the director explained to everyone, ‘Don’t […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT30.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT30.

August 31, 2020 Alan Royle 0

VIVIEN LEIGH (1913 – 67)                                                                        The beautiful actress who will forever be Scarlett O’Hara in 1939’s Gone with the Wind, entered this world via Darjeeling, (in what was then British India), to a British broker and his wife. Vivien and British star Laurence Olivier, having obtained divorces from their […]

TV WESTERNS – PT6.

TV WESTERNS – PT6.

August 28, 2020 Alan Royle 4

      CASEY JONES (1957-8) 32 EPISODES               Casey Jones was a short-lived western series loosely based on the real-life railroad engineer of that name who worked on the Illinois Central Railroad in the late 19th century and drove ‘The Cannonball Express’. Alan Hale Jr played Casey with Dub Taylor […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT13.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT13.

August 25, 2020 Alan Royle 0

The comic science fiction feature Mars Attacks! (1996), was based on the cult trading card series of the same name. Initially budgeted at $60 million, the film eventually cost $80 million to make once Warner Bros. added another $20 million for marketing. It returned $101 million, a disappointing return affected […]