60 MOVIES WORTH WATCHING – PT3.

60 MOVIES WORTH WATCHING – PT3.

November 13, 2021 Alan Royle 9

Here are my Top 20 films, the movies I enjoy watching more than once. I am the first to concede that a great many of my choices are not considered by the critics to be ‘worthy’. I accept that. But I know what I like and I know what I […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT24.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT24.

May 9, 2020 Alan Royle 0

DENNIS HOPPER:                                                              [A quote from 2001] ‘I’ve been sober now for 18 years. With all the drugs, psychedelics and narcotics I did, I was really an alcoholic. Honestly, I only used to do cocaine so I could sober up and drink more. My last five years of drinking were a […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT3.

February 14, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    James Mason & Danielle Darrieux  5 FINGERS (1952) World War Two – Espionage in Ankara, Turkey Possibly my favourite espionage movie of all time, thanks to the superbly convincing portrayal of the spy by James Mason and the delightful performance from Danielle Darrieux as the Countess Staviska (a […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT99.

January 11, 2019 Alan Royle 0

   Vera-Ellen  Lovely Vera-Ellen hailed from Norwood, Ohio in 1921 and was a dancer from the early age of ten. A few years later she became one of the youngest ever Radio City Rockettes, although she was fired a few weeks later because she showed too much individuality on stage. […]

OSCAR ALSO-RANS

December 12, 2018 Alan Royle 2

Luise Rainer While there is no doubt that Hollywood admires actors and actresses who win Oscars, it is equally true that the industry only likes to employ those who make money, and to be able to do one does not necessarily mean you can do the other. Take Luise Rainer, […]

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ITALIAN/AMERICAN SINGERS/ACTORS PT1

August 22, 2018 Alan Royle 2

 Frank Sinatra recording on Capitol   as Maggio in From Here to Eternity    with his wife Ava Gardner There has never been a shortage of Italian/American singer/actors down the decades, so I thought I might write a little about the more accomplished ones. It would be fair to say that […]

FIFTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT6.

March 31, 2018 Alan Royle 1

The two leads in Carnival Story (1954), Steve Cochran and Anne Baxter, did not enjoy each other’s company during the shoot. ‘One minute I was Mother Cabrini, helping him with his complicated love life’, Anne said later, ‘the next kicking him out of my tiny penthouse for attempted rape. He […]

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BEST PICTURE OSCAR WINNERS – THE BEST AND THE WORST.

March 21, 2018 Alan Royle 7

There have been some quite wonderful ‘Best Picture’ Oscar winners since 1927/8 and there have been some shockers, too. Just for the heck of it, I went through the list and jotted down my top ten and my bottom ten. If anyone agrees with either list I shall be flabbergasted, […]

DEBORAH KERR – Class and beauty personified.

July 10, 2017 Alan Royle 3

  I have written nine books on Hollywood, mostly on the stars of the so-called ‘Golden Era’, and have reached the slightly disillusioning understanding that most of my readers, (not all I hasten to add), are far more interested in the scandal and gossip than about any of the genuinely […]

Past Oscar-winners – some observations – Pt 3.

October 9, 2016 Alan Royle 0

    1949               All the King’s Men – Best Picture                         Broderick Crawford – Best Actor for All the King’s Men   Broderick Crawford Greg Peck as General Savage in Twelve O’Clock High Having seen all five nominated films for 1949, I am surprised that All the King’s Men came out on […]