LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT4.

March 22, 2020 Alan Royle 2

    RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)                                          I was enjoying my one and only trip to the UK in 1981, when I met my sister and we went together to see a recent release that looked promising – Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. Like most of the […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT6.

September 23, 2019 Alan Royle 2

    HARRY BELAFONTE:   President George W. Bush [Remarks made to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in January 2006 during a speech in which Belafonte compared the American Government to the 9/11 terrorists] ‘No matter what the greatest tyrant in the world, the greatest terrorist in the world, George W. […]

KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY – PT3.

July 7, 2019 Alan Royle 0

                     NOAH BEERY (1882 – 1946) Like his younger brother, Wallace, Noah Beery hailed from Kansas City, Missouri in the 1880s. He made his stage debut at 16 before following Wallace into films in the early days of the motion picture […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT118.

April 3, 2019 Alan Royle 0

Olivia with her Oscar for To Each His Own (1947) In August 1943, Olivia de Havilland filed a law suit against Warner Bros and was immediately suspended. When she won her suit in December 1944, via a unanimous decision, the studio promptly fired her. Because of the law suit and her […]

A COUPLE OF HITCHCOCK ‘DUDS’.

March 18, 2019 Alan Royle 4

            Rod Taylor & Tippi Hedren in The Birds (1963) One day, before I die, I would like someone to explain to me just why Alfred Hitchcock’s pitifully weak 1963 ‘thriller’, The Birds, is considered to be a classic by so many so-called cinema experts. The […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT110.

March 2, 2019 Alan Royle 4

Doris Day at the peak of her beauty and talent The real Ruth Etting with her ‘benefactor’ Martin Snyder Love Me or Leave Me (1955) is one of the very best musical biopics ever made, thanks to superb performances from Doris Day and James Cagney, coupled with Daniel Fuchs’ Oscar-winning […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT63.

October 5, 2018 Alan Royle 2

Much of the werewolf mythology we accept as gospel these days was actually made up when the 1935 production Werewolf of London was written and filmed. They came up with the notion that being bitten by a werewolf turns you into one; that a werewolf changes under a full moon […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 62.

October 1, 2018 Alan Royle 3

  Anne Baxter & Montgomery Clift in I Confess (1953) The 1953 Hitchcock drama I Confess starred Montgomery Clift as a Roman Catholic priest. Anne Baxter played his lover. The Republic of Ireland banned the picture in its entirety because Baxter’s character and Clift’s character were in a relationship, even though that […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT37.

July 29, 2018 Alan Royle 3

                                 Edie Adams                                        Ernie Kovacs in North to Alaska (1960)                      […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT36

July 27, 2018 Alan Royle 0

                          Wanda Hendrix & Audie Murphy in Sierra                     Lovely Paramount actress Wanda Hendrix married war hero Audie Murphy after a two-year engagement, but the union was a disaster. He […]