WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT56.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT56.

September 20, 2021 Alan Royle 12

SIMONE SIGNORET (1921-85)                 When Simone Signoret won an Oscar for Room at the Top (1959), she became the first woman to win a ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’ Academy Award in a non-American film. Back in the early 1940s, she took her mother’s maiden name to help hide her […]

PROFILE – GRACE KELLY – PT2.

PROFILE – GRACE KELLY – PT2.

July 22, 2021 Alan Royle 6

  GRACE KELLY  (1929-82) Grace & Jimmy Stewart – Rear Window Her predatory reputation followed her onto the sets of her films. She was well-known as a lover of married, older men when she joined Jimmy Stewart in the Hitchcock thriller Rear Window. His wife, Gloria, was not about to allow […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT161.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT161.

September 24, 2020 Alan Royle 0

Frobe & Connery in Goldfinger (1964) In Goldfinger (1964) there is a golf game between James Bond (Sean Connery) and his nemesis Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe). The two men end up playing the match for a bar of solid gold. Anyone who has ever picked up a club could see that Connery […]

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: […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT5.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT5.

April 6, 2020 Alan Royle 2

The 1986 film Heartbreak Ridge is a pretty lame war picture that culminates in the real-life USMC invasion of the Caribbean island nation of Grenada in October 1983. The assault was successful inside four days but was not the ‘walk in the park’ depicted in this picture, although the outcome […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT152.

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT152.

March 28, 2020 Alan Royle 0

  Whoopi Goldberg Whoopi Goldberg was working as a waitress at San Diego’s ‘Big Kitchen’ café, in 1978, when she witnessed Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) flight 182 falling from the sky in flames after a mid-air collision with a Cessna 172 light aircraft.  All 135 aboard the PSA flight died, […]

JUDY GARLAND

JUDY GARLAND

March 13, 2020 Alan Royle 0

Judy Garland Born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1922, Judy Garland was singing from the age of two. Her mother recognised her potential at once and carted her around the country, having her perform solo in nightclubs, cabarets, hotels and theatres. The family was in constant turmoil, […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT5.

September 20, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  JANE RUSSELL:   Jane in The Outlaw (1943) ‘Howard Hughes invented a bra for me. Or, he tried to. And one of the seamless ones like they have now. He was way ahead of his time. But I never wore it in The Outlaw (1943). And he never knew. He wasn’t […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT139.

September 11, 2019 Alan Royle 4

  Garry Marshall & Julia Roberts Given his successful directing career, one is left to wonder why American director Garry Marshall, the man who helmed Pretty Woman in 1990, chose to make the sadism & masochism feature Exit to Eden four years after his greatest achievement. He has since written […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT136.

August 6, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    Maria Riva 1951 – daughter of Marlene Dietrich Paramount’s 1948 production The Emperor Waltz starred Bing Crosby and Joan Fontaine. The story was set in the Alps, but the film was shot in Canada at Jasper National Park. Director Billy Wilder, ever the perfectionist, was not happy with […]