MARTHA HYER & MICHELLE JOHNSON.

MARTHA HYER & MICHELLE JOHNSON.

April 5, 2021 Alan Royle 4

  MARTHA HYER (1924-2014)                    The beautiful blonde actress labelled ‘Universal’s answer to Grace Kelly’ (although she initially signed with RKO), hailed from Fort Worth, Texas where she entered this world on August 10, 1924. Her father was a Texas state senator and International President of the Lions Club. At the […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT22.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT22.

April 5, 2021 Alan Royle 4

  HOW THE WEST WAS WON (1962)                       How The West Was Won (1962) was an ambitious attempt to encapsulate several stages of American history and westward expansion, over several decades in the nineteenth century (1839-89), and to squeeze the findings […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT170.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT170.

April 2, 2021 Alan Royle 6

  Johnny Weissmuller Johnny Weissmuller achieved worldwide fame by winning five Olympic gold medals between 1924 and 1928, breaking the Olympic record in each victory. He represented the United States even though he was actually born in Timisoara, Romania, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Johnny would claim he […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT42.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT42.

March 30, 2021 Alan Royle 2

  BING CROSBY:                              [Crosby had a torrid affair with Grace Kelly before she became Princess Grace of Monaco, something he was sure not to mention when asked to comment on her character]: ‘She’s a great lady, with a great talent and kind, considerate, friendly with everybody. She was great with […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT44.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT44.

March 27, 2021 Alan Royle 2

SIDNEY POITIER (1927- )                         Sidney L. Poitier hails from Cat Island in The Bahamas, although he was not born there. He arrived in this world two months prematurely in Miami, Florida while his parents were visiting there. At the age of fifteen his parents sent him back to Miami to […]

GREAT MOVIE DIALOGUE- PT6.

GREAT MOVIE DIALOGUE- PT6.

March 24, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (1965)             It is difficult to comprehend why this adventure film with a first-rate cast was a box-office failure. But it was, despite it containing no fewer than five Oscar-winning actors in its line-up – James Stewart, Peter Finch, Sir Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine and […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT169

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT169

March 21, 2021 Alan Royle 2

  Don Adams as Maxwell Smart in Get Smart Don Adams was offered a rather large (for that time) $12,500 per week to portray Agent 86 – Maxwell Smart in the hit TV series Get Smart (1965). He turned the offer down. Instead, he opted to take a smaller salary […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT21.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT21.

March 18, 2021 Alan Royle 4

  THE MAN IN THE IRON MASK (1998)                The 1998 version of The Man in the Iron Mask was Hollywood’s third attempt to put Dumas’ tale on the big screen. The first was a 1923 silent picture made in Germany; the second being the much better 1939 version starring […]

TV WESTERNS – PT13.

TV WESTERNS – PT13.

March 15, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  THE GENE AUTRY SHOW (1950-6) 91 EPISODES                    This show was never aired in my hometown of Perth, Western Australia, more than likely because there was no shortage of TV western series available at the height of the genre. Gene, his […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT43.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT43.

March 12, 2021 Alan Royle 2

CONRAD PHILLIPS (1925-2016)                          He was born Conrad Havord in London, England in 1925, but later altered the date of birth on his ration book from 1925 to 1924, so that he could enlist in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. He was, in fact, only 16 years old. […]