WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT45.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT45.

April 11, 2021 Alan Royle 0

ROBERT PRESTON (1918-87)                  This charismatic Robert Preston was born in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts as Robert Preston Meservey towards the end of World War One. As Bob Mesevey he joined the US Army Air Corps, the predecessor of the US Army Air Force (USAAF) after Pearl Harbor and served for three […]

GREAT BASEBALL MOVIES.

4 GREAT BASEBALL MOVIES.

February 4, 2021 Alan Royle 2

  It would be fair to say that I am not a fan of sporting biopics as a rule, probably because most actors (and actresses) are not very athletic and their lack of coordination and natural ability is usually instantly evident and annoying, a legacy no doubt of them treading […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT9.

May 27, 2020 Alan Royle 2

One of my pet hates is watching a biopic about a great sportsperson’s life in which the actor chosen to represent him or her hasn’t the faintest idea how to play the sport in question! Admittedly, this is often the fault of casting, but that does not excuse the actor […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT144.

November 7, 2019 Alan Royle 2

Larry Storch as Corporal Randolph Agarn in F Troop (1965-7) A large number of us baby-boomers remain huge fans of the sixties comedy series F Troop (1965-7), mostly because of the hilarious antics of Larry Storch as Corporal Randolph Agarn and, to a slightly lesser extent, Frank de Kova’s deadpan humour as […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT8

October 8, 2019 Alan Royle 4

    TONY CURTIS:                                                        ‘They gave me away as a prize once – a ‘Win Tony Curtis for a Weekend’ competition. The woman […]

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 […]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT2

November 10, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Michael Caine as Peachy Carnehan in The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and Sean Connery as Daniel Dravot Michael Caine and Sean Connery were the fifth intended pairing for Rudyard Kipling’s terrific The Man Who Would be King to be transferred to the screen. In the fifties it was to […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT77.

November 2, 2018 Alan Royle 6

Ali MacGraw & Robert Evans Robert Evans bought the rights to the novel The Great Gatsby in 1971, his intention being to have his wife Ali MacGraw play Daisy. A shooting script was not quite ready yet, so Ali went off to star in The Getaway (1972) opposite Steve McQueen […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT65.

October 9, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Gary Cooper was 55 years of age when he played Jess Birdwell in Friendly Persuasion (1956). He was far too old for the part, yet found time to complain about the casting of Dorothy McGuire. She was a poor actress, he declared, and not nearly attractive enough to play his […]