LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT22.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT22.

April 5, 2021 Alan Royle 2

  HOW THE WEST WAS WON (1962)                       How The West Was Won (1962) was an ambitious attempt to encapsulate several stages of American history and westward expansion, over several decades in the nineteenth century (1839-89), and to squeeze the findings […]

GREAT MOVIE DIALOGUE- PT6.

GREAT MOVIE DIALOGUE- PT6.

March 24, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (1965)             It is difficult to comprehend why this adventure film with a first-rate cast was a box-office failure. But it was, despite it containing no fewer than five Oscar-winning actors in its line-up – James Stewart, Peter Finch, Sir Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine and […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT32.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT32.

September 18, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  DIANA RIGG:                                             [The gorgeous actress who played Emma Peel in the British series The Avengers (1965-8), liked to wear Armani, ‘because he’s just brilliant at tailoring’, she said] ‘I think I was quite daring. I was once escorted out of a restaurant because I was wearing a trouser suit. […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT3.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT3.

March 10, 2020 Alan Royle 3

  The 1970 abomination titled Ned Kelly was initially intended as a vehicle for Albert Finney in the title role back in 1964 but it never happened. Instead, someone with a warped sense of humour reached the ludicrous conclusion that Rolling Stones front-man Mick Jagger could portray the iconic Aussie […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT145.

November 16, 2019 Alan Royle 0

Vincent Edwards as Ben Casey From 1961 until 1966, just about the hottest guy in town (television – wise) was Brooklyn-born Vincent Edwards, the star of a popular series called Ben Casey. A former swimming champion, he even trained to represent the USA at the Olympics before taking on an […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT1

August 21, 2019 Alan Royle 2

  From time to time I will insert an article consisting of randomly selected quotes from movie people. This is the first of them. One of my books, The Skeletons are Out, consists entirely of quotes by actors and actresses taking shots at each other, but the quotes on these […]

‘SHENANDOAH’ (1965) -Hollywood hokum.

August 15, 2019 Alan Royle 2

    When I first saw this film, I was about eighteen years old and gave it the thumbs up. I thought it was exciting, moving, dramatic and even heart-warming. Being naïve beyond my years, I also thought it was a story well-told and well-acted. The acting still stands up […]

A COUPLE OF HITCHCOCK ‘DUDS’.

March 18, 2019 Alan Royle 8

            Rod Taylor & Tippi Hedren in The Birds (1963) One day, before I die, I would like someone to explain to me just why Alfred Hitchcock’s pitifully weak 1963 ‘thriller’, The Birds, is considered to be a classic by so many so-called cinema experts. The […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT107.

February 16, 2019 Alan Royle 3

  Early western star William S. Hart One of the earliest stars of the cinema was a strapping 6’2” former New Yorker who lived for a while during the 1880s in the wild Dakota Territory, a man named William S. Hart. He began studying acting in 1888 and, from 1907 […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT73.

October 25, 2018 Alan Royle 1

    Victoria Principal Berry Berenson Anthony Perkins in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)   Anthony Perkins led a homosexual life until he made The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972). This was the screen debut of the stunning Victoria Principal and she and Perkins were […]