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 […]

PROFILES – Rita Hayworth

PROFILES – Rita Hayworth

August 22, 2020 Alan Royle 4

RITA HAYWORTH (1918-87)                                Rita began life as a brunette named Margarita Cansino in Brooklyn, New York City at the end of World War One. In 1989, biographer Barbara Leaming claimed that Rita’s father sexually abused […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT130.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT30.

August 19, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  HARPO MARX:                                           [The famous harp-playing Marx Brother recalled the act performing in vaudeville] ‘If an audience didn’t like us we had no trouble finding it out. We were pelted with sticks, bricks, spit-balls, cigar butts, peach pits and chewed-out stalks of sugar cane. We took all this without flinching […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT29.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT29.

August 16, 2020 Alan Royle 3

GERTRUDE LAWRENCE (1898 – 1952)                                                            The English actress, singer, dancer and musical comedy star was in her forties when WW2 began, but her husband was a Lieutenant in the US Navy and she was determined to do her bit to entertain Allied troops. The UK’s Entertainments National Service […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT159.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT159.

August 13, 2020 Alan Royle 1

Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra There is a story that has found its way into entertainment legend, of how a mobster pal of Frank Sinatra’s got Tommy Dorsey to let Frank out of his long-term contract by simply putting a gun to the band-leader’s head and issuing the following threat: […]

PROFILE – ASHLEY JUDD

PROFILE – ASHLEY JUDD

August 11, 2020 Alan Royle 4

  ASHLEY JUDD (1968 – )                  She was born Ashley Tyler Ciminella in Granada Hills, California in 1968. Her memoir, ‘All That Is Bitter and Sweet: A Memoir’ (2011) recounts tales of sexual abuse in her childhood, firstly at the hands of […]

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TV WESTERNS – PT5.

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      BROKEN ARROW (1956-58) – 72 EPISODES                                   This series was inspired by the popularity of the 1950 feature film of the same name that starred James Stewart as Tom Jeffords and Jeff […]

PROFILES – Goldie Hawn.

PROFILES – Goldie Hawn.

August 7, 2020 Alan Royle 4

  GOLDIE HAWN (1945 – )                           Goldie Jeanne Hawn was born in Washington DC in November 1945 but grew up in Maryland. Her mother was Jewish and the daughter if Hungarian immigrants, so Goldie was raised in the Jewish faith. Her father was Presbyterian. Today, she is a devout Buddhist […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT29.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT29.

August 4, 2020 Alan Royle 2

ROBERT MITCHUM:                                             [On his reasoning for making or rejecting movie roles] ‘There are movies I won’t do for any amount. I turned down Patton (1970) and I turned down […]