WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT 46.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT 46.

April 26, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  GEORGE RAFT (1901-80)                                                                         He was born George Ranft, a native of New York City’s notorious Hell’s Kitchen, to German parents in 1901. His youthful passion for dancing, his snappy dressing and good looks made young George popular among the ladies in what many described was the […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT167

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT167

February 19, 2021 Alan Royle 2

    CLEATUS CALDWELL    (1923-93)                    Hollywood history is chock-full of stories about beautiful young women who arrive in the town from afar with stars in their eyes and high hopes of making it big in the movies. I don’t know what the percentages are regarding those who succeed and those […]

BETTY GRABLE

BETTY GRABLE

April 12, 2020 Alan Royle 0

BETTY GRABLE (1916-73)                                               Ascertaining the level of intimacy in many of Betty Grable’s relationships is not easy. Most people who knew her during her time at the top were impressed by her morality, convinced she was ‘more show than go’ in most of her romances. Of course, times and people […]

FORTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 6.

March 11, 2018 Alan Royle 10

                     George Raft George Raft turned down the leads in High Sierra and The Maltese Falcon (both in 1941), thereby giving Humphrey Bogart’s career a huge kick-start. Contrary to public opinion though, he never turned down Casablanca (1942). Why? Because he […]

A couple of film noirs.

February 4, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)                    I suppose most fans of old movies have their personal favourite film noir. Mine is without doubt Double Indemnity (1944), which surprises even me because I have never been overly keen on any of the three stars – Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray and Edward G. Robinson. […]

Did you know?

November 14, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  Director Dorothy Arzner & Crawford ‘I like to think that every director I’ve worked with has fallen a little in love with me’, Joan Crawford once confided in an interview none too modestly. ‘I know Dorothy Arzner did’. No surprises there. Given her well-documented sexual orientation Dorothy may well […]

Did you know? – A Beautiful Mind, West, Ryder, ET.

October 7, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  Jennifer Connelly with Russell Crowe with Josh Charles Jennifer and husband Paul Bettany Reporters said Russell Crowe went after his co-star Jennifer Connelly on the set of this picture, much as he did when he would pursue Meg Ryan on the set of Proof of Life in 2000. He […]

Did you know? (C)

June 25, 2016 Alan Royle 4

    The 1934 picture Bolero teamed Carole Lombard and George Raft for the first time. True to Hollywood form they were soon embroiled in a steamy affair. Raft was renowned in Tinsel Town for being a ‘sexual technician’. When asked by a reporter to name Hollywood’s greatest lover, Carole […]

Bugsy and Virginia – a Hollywood romance?

May 2, 2016 admin 10

  New York crime boss Charles ‘Lucky’ Luciano initially sent Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel out to California in 1937 to set up a horse-racing wire service on the West Coast for the National Crime Syndicate. Once in Los Angeles, however, Bugsy set to work infiltrating the movie unions. He also controlled […]

Barbara Payton – what a waste.

December 6, 2015 admin 22

  One of Hollywood’s truly tragic stories was that of Barbara Payton, a pretty and talented actress who experienced both the highs and lows of life in Tinsel Town. Just sixteen years after starring alongside Gregory Peck in the western feature Only the Valiant (1951) she was dead. Her body was […]