WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT27.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT27.

July 14, 2020 Alan Royle 6

HEDY LAMARR (1914-2000)                                Hedy hailed from Austria, where she entered this world from Vienna in 1914. She fled her wealthy Austrian munitions manufacturer in 1937, traveling first to Paris, then London and finally to Hollywood and a movie career. At the start of the Second World War, she and composer […]

SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950) – A timeless classic.

December 13, 2019 Alan Royle 0

The name Norma Desmond, Gloria Swanson’s character in Sunset Boulevard (1950), was chosen from a combination of silent-film star Norma Talmadge and silent movie director William Desmond Taylor. The latter’s still-unsolved murder is one of the great scandals of Hollywood history and contributed to the eventual introduction of the Hays […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT2

August 24, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    MARLON BRANDO: ‘With women, I’ve got a long bamboo pole with a leather loop on the end. I slip the loop around their necks so they can’t get away or come too close. Like catching snakes.’ [On Malcolm X] ‘He was a dynamic person, a very special human […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT95

January 1, 2019 Alan Royle 2

Roscoe Arbuckle Back in 1921-22, funny man Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle was justly found innocent of causing the death of a young woman named Virginia Rappe, but it took three farcical trials to arrive at that decision. In truth, he should never have been charged with anything, much less have to […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT81

November 20, 2018 Alan Royle 2

            Scarlett O’Hara and Tara in Gone with the Wind (1939) In 1935, David O. Selznick purchased the old Thomas Ince Studio near MGM for his own independent productions, one of which was 1939’s Gone with the Wind. When he needed to film the burning of Atlanta […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT80

November 18, 2018 Alan Royle 0

  Ann Sheridan Errol Flynn’s old buddy from his early days in New Guinea, the fortyish Dr Gerrit Koets, a Dutch adventurer, made a surprise visit to Hollywood after Errol had hit it big in the movies. Flynn put him up at his home and invited his old friend to […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT57.

September 17, 2018 Alan Royle 4

The Audie Murphy Memorial in Holtzwir, France To Hell and Back (1955) is a biopic about Audie L. Murphy, America’s most decorated soldier of World War Two. Thirty year-old Murphy plays himself. He dreaded re-enacting one particular scene in which his closest friend (Brandon) stands up while the company is […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 33.

July 13, 2018 Alan Royle 0

         Young Russ Tamblyn & Victor Mature in Samson and Delilah                      Hedy Lamarr        At the premiere of Samson and Delilah (1949), Cecil B. DeMille asked Groucho Marx what he thought of the picture. The question brought […]

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 […]

More Thirties Movies Trivia – PT5.

February 11, 2018 Alan Royle 4

               Flynn in The Charge of the Light Brigade                  Michael Curtiz                                          Lili Damita Errol Flynn and Hungarian-born director Michael […]