STARMAKER.

STARMAKER – HENRY WILLSON

June 2, 2020 Alan Royle 10

Super agent Henry Willson I have written about super-agent Henry Willson in this site before (about three years ago), but his extraordinary story merits an up-date and a little clarification. Today, although barely remembered at all, Henry has made it into the Hollywood history books as the creator of former […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT9.

October 17, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    DAVID NIVEN:                                            ‘I’ve been lucky enough to win an Oscar, write a best-seller. My other dream would be to have a painting in the Louvre. The only […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT136.

August 6, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    Maria Riva 1951 – daughter of Marlene Dietrich Paramount’s 1948 production The Emperor Waltz starred Bing Crosby and Joan Fontaine. The story was set in the Alps, but the film was shot in Canada at Jasper National Park. Director Billy Wilder, ever the perfectionist, was not happy with […]

MOVIE QUIZ No 2.

May 26, 2019 Alan Royle 3

QUIZ NO 2     26           Which male comedy star was Sir Laurence Olivier’s lover for over ten years?   27           Name the song from the 1942 film Holiday Inn that won the Oscar that year.   28           Which actor is Shirley MacLaine’s real life brother?   29           Which 1988 […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT121.

April 26, 2019 Alan Royle 0

     After a highly publicized meltdown, Charlie Sheen was fired from the hit TV sitcom Two and a Half Men (2003-11) in March 2011. He had made anti-Semitic remarks about the creator of the series, Chuck Lorre, and posted videos on YouTube of himself smoking cigarettes through his nose […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT 23.

June 19, 2018 Alan Royle 7

                                                                                             Lena Horne, Frank Sinatra […]

Four memorable lady movie villains.

July 23, 2016 Alan Royle 2

  The history of movies is literally riddled with iconic male villains, but not so many women have been fortunate enough to sink their teeth into a genuinely meaty, nasty role. One of the first (and best) appeared in Hitchcock’s 1940 classic Rebecca. Dame Judith Anderson positively oozed malevolence as […]

The enigma that was Howard Hughes

March 23, 2016 admin 14

   Howard Hughes was a Texan, a maverick movie tycoon who hit the movie industry like a whirlwind in the Roaring Twenties and remained a force for a couple of decades. At the age of 19 he inherited 75% of his family’s fortune. His father had patented the two-cone roller […]

OLIVIA & JOAN -The feuding de Havilland sisters.

July 14, 2015 admin 0

  Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland were real life sisters who were born in Tokyo, and then moved to America. Olivia was born in 1916, Joan a year later. Max Reinhardt spotted Olivia in a college version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and was so impressed he placed her […]