RANDOM QUOTES – PT65

RANDOM QUOTES – PT65

September 28, 2022 Alan Royle 0

  CHARLES LAUGHTON (1899 – 1962)                  [The man who played Edward Moulton-Barrett in The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) and Captain Bligh in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) admitted struggling with the characterizations]: ‘When I have a part like Father Barrett or Bligh, I hate the man’s guts so […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT202

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT202

September 19, 2022 Alan Royle 0

  PIERCE BROSNAN Irish-born Pierce Brosnan was chosen to play James Bond in 1986 and was given the script for The Living Daylights (1987), despite him being contracted to play the title character in the TV series Remington Steele for a full seven seasons. He was greatly relieved to learn […]

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 […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT28.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT28.

August 1, 2020 Alan Royle 4

  CAROLE LANDIS (1919 – 48) In October 1942, the War Department organized its second entertainment troupe to go abroad, a tour that was intended to last for approximately five weeks. Carole Landis, comedienne Martha Raye, veteran actress Kay Francis and little known dancer Mitzi Mayfair volunteered. The tour would […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT10.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT11.

July 2, 2020 Alan Royle 4

British actor Charles Laughton only directed one movie in his life, and that was the quite brilliant The Night of the Hunter (1955), although he did direct several plays. The star of his one movie, Robert Mitchum, had no hesitation in stating that he felt Laughton was the best director […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT155.

May 18, 2020 Alan Royle 0

Dudley Moore Dudley & wife Tuesday Weld British comedian/musician Dudley Moore was only 5’2” tall (1.57m) and a most unlikely movie heartthrob when some wag nicknamed him ‘The Sex Thimble’. And for quite some time that description seemed apt. Women adored him. He married (and divorced) four of them in […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT147.

December 7, 2019 Alan Royle 0

Rita Hayworth Rita Hayworth was a very talented dancer, a glamorous personality and a greatly desired sex symbol. She may have developed into a good actress, too, but she never really got the chance, forced to accept ‘image’ roles rather than genuine acting parts. Her famous red hair came out […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT119.

April 8, 2019 Alan Royle 1

                                                                                                                                      Wendy Barrie as Jane Seymour in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) Whenever I see the Alexander Korda feature The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), the one in which Charles Laughton so memorably plays the title role, I find myself drawn to the actress playing Jane […]

THE BEST OSCAR YEARS – 1939 & 1950.

April 5, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in GWTW (1939)         The Academy Awards is a competition, but it is one that has seldom been conducted on a level playing field. A winner one year may very well not even have been nominated in a stronger year. Historically, the two […]

THE MAKING OF ‘SPARTACUS’ (1960).

March 24, 2019 Alan Royle 9

  There were three Servile Wars in B.C. Italy; the one involving escaped slave/gladiator Spartacus being the last of them. It ended with a final battle in 71 BC. Stanley Kubrick replaced Anthony Mann as director of Spartacus (1960), after Mann and the star, Kirk Douglas, repeatedly clashed. Douglas and […]