Nostalgia TV – Sitcoms, comedies & family shows Pt 6.

June 6, 2016 Alan Royle 2

  1975-6 #1        ALL IN THE FAMILY #3        LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY (1976-83). Laverne De Fazio and Shirley Feeney are single working girls in 1950s Milwaukee and later in 1960s Los Angeles. Cindy Williams (Shirley) actually walked off the show in 1976, complaining that Penny Marshall (Laverne) was getting all the […]

The loves in the life of Marilyn Monroe Pt.3

April 14, 2016 admin 3

  In 1955 the director of On the Waterfront and Gentleman’s Agreement, Elia Kazan, wrote a letter of confession to his wife, apologizing for having an affair with Marilyn Monroe in 1950, just after her agent Johnny Hyde had passed away. Kazan came across her when she was distraught and […]

The loves in the life of Marilyn Monroe Pt 1.

April 10, 2016 admin 12

  Jim Dougherty was Marilyn’s first husband back when she was known simply as Norma Jean Mortenson, and long before her transformation into the iconic sex symbol that was Marilyn Monroe. ‘I never knew Marilyn Monroe’, he told United Press International in 1990. ‘I knew and loved Norma Jean.’ They […]

Victor Mature – catnip to the ladies.

April 4, 2016 admin 10

    From 1939 until 1984 Victor Mature appeared in 55 movies and one TV series, The Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1966). He wasn’t very good in many of them, and no-one was more aware of that than him. My Darling Clementine (1946) and Kiss of Death […]

Esther Williams – the Million Dollar Mermaid.

April 2, 2016 admin 0

  If World war Two had not intervened and caused the cancellation of the 1940 and 1944 Olympics, Esther Williams would have, in all probability, represented the USA as a swimmer in both meets. In 1940 she was just 18 years old and already the holder of three National Swimming […]

My top 50 favourite movies -Pt3

February 18, 2016 admin 4

    #10  Road to Perdition (2002) Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Daniel Craig, Jude Law, Tyler Hoechlin Is there anything Tom Hanks cannot do? This period piece set during the Great Depression is beautifully crafted and, despite its gangland theme, is not a bloodbath. Hanks is simply the best. #9  My […]

My favourite 50 movies of all time – Pt 2.

February 16, 2016 admin 4

    #30  Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Vincent Riotta, Lindsay Duncan A delightful romance with many moving moments and great scenery.     #29  Shane (1953) Alan Ladd, Jack Palance, Van Heflin, Brandon de Wilde, Jean Arthur George Stevens’ classic western, Ladd and Palance outstanding. #28  A […]

My favourite 50 movies of all time – Pt 1.

February 14, 2016 admin 4

  About ten years ago I published volume one of ‘Hollywood Warts ‘n’ All’, and in it I included my ‘Top 50 Movies’. I pointed out at the time that my choices were based entirely on which films gave me the most viewing pleasure; not on technical quality or directorial […]

My Top 10 Handsome Actors

February 10, 2016 admin 8

  If I was given the chance to change my appearance to look like an actor, these are the Top 10 actors I would pick. I have no doubt that nobody else on planet Earth would choose the same ten I have chosen, surely not in the same order anyway. […]

My Top 50 Handsome Actors (Pt2)

February 8, 2016 admin 10

    #30   Jeff Bridges Better looking than his dad or his brother #29   Stewart Granger In his best role as Scaramouche #28   Pierce Brosnan In his very first film – The Long Good Friday #27   Tom Berenger He was really strong in Platoon #26   Patrick Dempsey ‘McDreamy’ […]