ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)

ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)

August 27, 2021 Alan Royle 0

    ROMAN HOLIDAY (1953)              This delightful film is, in the eyes of many fans, a shining example of the heights to which movie-making was capable of rising in the early 1950s. It takes us to one of the world’s great cities and allows us to become involved in an […]

QUOTES FROM DIRECTORS.

QUOTES FROM DIRECTORS.

July 10, 2021 Alan Royle 6

  BRUCE BERESFORD: Breaker Morant (1980), Tender Mercies (1983), Driving Miss Daisy (1989), Double Jeopardy (1999).                    Jodie Foster [Director Bruce Beresford attached Jodie Foster to his thriller Double Jeopardy (1999), and met with her several times about the script.       This is his assessment of the conversations that eventually saw Ashley […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT21.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT23.

April 14, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  THE OMEN (1976)                Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) is the US Ambassador to Great Britain in this movie. He and wife Katherine (Lee Remick) are desperate for a child of their own so, when their baby is stillborn, Robert arranges through a priest […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT42.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT42.

February 25, 2021 Alan Royle 0

NIGEL PATRICK (1912-81)                                  Nigel Patrick entered this world from Wandsworth, London, approximately two weeks after the SS Titanic slid beneath the North Atlantic in 1912. He started acting on the London stage in 1932 and was having some success when World War Two broke out in September 1939. Being British, […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT140.

September 29, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  Gregory Peck & Ava Gardner in On the Beach (1959) I was about 16 when I first saw On the Beach (1959) at a theatre in Perth, Western Australia. I hated it. Too depressing. I got the impression that my grandparents dragged me along to see the thing, because they […]

WAR MOVIES WORTH WATCHING – PT10.

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  THE TRAIN (1964) – World War Two Paul Scofield & Burt Lancaster in The Train (1964) Like many WW2 movies, The Train is loosely based on an actual event. A few weeks before the liberation of Paris in 1944, the Germans decided to freight five boxcars of art treasures stolen from […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT4.

February 18, 2019 Alan Royle 2

    Gia Scala, James Darren, David Niven & Gregory Peck in The Guns of Navarone (1961) GUNS OF NAVARONE, THE (1961) World War Two – A mission to destroy a naval gun battery. There are a lot of things wrong with this movie but it is still entertaining enough. Gregory […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT91.

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  L to R – James Darren, Greg Peck, David Niven & Anthony Quinn in The Guns of Navarone (1961) The problem with the WW2 action flick The Guns of Navarone (1961) should be immediately apparent to just about everyone. Of the six commandos sent to disable the mighty guns of the […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT86.

December 8, 2018 Alan Royle 0

  Gregory Peck & Ava Gardner in On the Beach (1959) When Ava Gardner came to Australia to make On the Beach (1959), she did not exactly endear herself to the nation when she remarked that Melbourne was the most appropriate place on Earth to make a picture about the end of […]

More Movie Trivia

April 28, 2018 Alan Royle 1

   Clara Bow Silent star Clara Bow’s 1926 contract with Paramount guaranteed her a bonus of $500,000, a staggering amount of money at the time, if she could manage to stay ‘scandal-free’ for its tenure. She never even came close to collecting. Oddly enough, given her tawdry reputation, Clara had […]