World War Two – The Stars & their stories – PT12.

December 1, 2019 Alan Royle 0

DONALD, James:                                                                 The highly respected Scottish actor James Donald is probably remembered by most movie fans for his portrayal of the Senior British Officer in the enormously successful 1963 film The Great Escape, but he graced many other fine productions in his career. In 1939, he tried to enlist, but […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT8

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    TONY CURTIS:                                                        ‘They gave me away as a prize once – a ‘Win Tony Curtis for a Weekend’ competition. The woman […]

CENTURIONS – PT3.

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     102 & 8 MONTHS*              KIRK DOUGLAS (Dec 9, 1916 – )                          Kirk Douglas was born in New York over 100 years ago to Jewish immigrant parents from what is now Belarus. Despite several close shaves, he is still going strong as of April 2019 and heading towards […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT120.

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  Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express (1974)                                                                                 […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT9.

March 30, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  36 HOURS (1964) – World War Two This is an intriguing black and white feature, a slice of Hollywood hokum, cleverly done and well-acted. The story, however, is as far-fetched as it can get. It stars three of my favourite actors – James Garner, Rod Taylor and Eva Marie […]

THE MAKING OF ‘SPARTACUS’ (1960).

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  There were three Servile Wars in B.C. Italy; the one involving escaped slave/gladiator Spartacus being the last of them. It ended with a final battle in 71 BC. Stanley Kubrick replaced Anthony Mann as director of Spartacus (1960), after Mann and the star, Kirk Douglas, repeatedly clashed. Douglas and […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT6.

February 26, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  MIDWAY (1976) World War Two – A blow by blow account of the crucial Battle of Midway in June 1942, between carrier-forces of the USA and the Empire of Japan. Historically, this is an accurate account of the most important naval confrontation of World War Two. It features an […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT69.

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  Van Heflin, Barbara Stanwyck, Lizabeth Scott & Kirk Douglas  The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) Kirk Douglas made his screen debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946). It was also Van Heflin’s first picture since returning from his three-year stint with the US Army Air Force in […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT40

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John Travolta & Kelly Preston Argument has always surrounded John Travolta’s sexuality. William Franks was a former chairman of the board in the Church of Scientology. He recalled how Travolta desperately wanted to get out of the church but was afraid that, should he attempt to do so, details of […]