LOUELLA & HEDDA – The Poisoned Pens.

November 19, 2019 Alan Royle 2

    (L) Hedda Hopper & Louella Parsons Beginning in 1912 with Photoplay, there have always been movie magazines, most of which relied almost entirely on being fed carefully orchestrated morsels of ‘facts’ about their stars by the studios’ publicity departments. The public was so hungry for ‘behind the scenes’ […]

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 […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT109.

February 28, 2019 Alan Royle 0

A scene from the 1952 feature Scaramouche Stewart Granger and Mel Ferrer fought a duel early in Scaramouche (1952), and part of the sequence required Granger to lie on the wooden floorboards as an iron chandelier dropped towards him. It was rigged to stop just inches from his face. The […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT26

June 29, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Someday I would like someone to explain to me how Annie Hall (1977) won four Academy Awards. This typical Woody Allen self-indulgent rubbish won the Best Picture Oscar, Best Director (Allen), Best Writing (Allen) and Best Actress (Diane Keaton)! Hollywood’s love affair with this guy seems boundless. He was even […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT8.

May 12, 2018 Alan Royle 2

    Burt Reynolds & Sally Field in Smokey & the Bandit (1977) Burt Reynolds had been smitten with Sally Field for some time, ever since he saw her debut in Gidget on TV in 1965, and wanted her for the role of Carrie in Smokey and the Bandit (1977). She had […]

BEST OF THE BEST – Pt1 – CARY GRANT

December 25, 2017 Alan Royle 2

                              CARY GRANT  Here is a brief look at the very best movies from the very best actors and actresses (in my opinion). If you have never seen any or all of these movies, I sincerely […]

The Spencer Tracy – Katharine Hepburn Romance – PT2.

December 13, 2017 Alan Royle 2

Actor George O’Brien was Spencer Tracy’s friend, but even he was disgusted with his pal’s treatment of Kate Hepburn. She would help get him to his hotel room, bathe him, cook dinner for him and get him into his pajamas. ‘Sometimes the ungrateful bastard would kick her out of his […]

SNIPPETS – PT2.

November 17, 2017 Alan Royle 0

Kate and Barrymore in A Bill of Divorcement (1932) Kate Hepburn made her movie debut in the 1932 drama A Bill of Divorcement, in which the aging John Barrymore played her mentally unbalanced father. Known as ‘The Great Profile’, he invited her to his dressing-room where he promptly stripped naked […]