Keeping it in the Family – PT 2

October 16, 2017 Alan Royle 0

RICHARD BECKINSALE (1947 – 79) – Born in Carlton, Nottingham, England. Acting credits: 22. He played Lennie Godber in Porridge (1974-78) and in Going Straight (1978). Tragically, a heart attack claimed him at a young age.   JUDY LOE (1947 – ) – Born in Urmstom, Lancashire, England. Acting credits: […]

The many loves of Rita Hayworth

August 7, 2017 Alan Royle 4

  RITA HAYWORTH (1918-87) As a teenager Margarita Cansino (Rita Hayworth) was sexually abused by her abominable father, a Latin dancer named Eduardo Cansino, who not only abused her himself, but rented her out to his cronies. When she confided this to her husband Orson Welles he was rightly appalled. […]

‘CAT BALLOU’ (1965 – LEE MARVIN’S MASTERPIECE

March 26, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  There have been very few genuinely funny westerns made. James Garner’s Support Your Local Sheriff (1969) was, in my opinion, the very best ever, but two Lee Marvin films were not far behind it. One was Paint Your Wagon, released in the same year and hilarious, but it probably fits […]

Past Oscars PT 5 – (1961-66)

November 16, 2016 Alan Royle 0

    1961               West Side Story – Best Picture                         Maximilian Schell – Best Actor for Judgment at Nuremberg                         George Chakiris – Best Supporting Actor for West Side Story                                                               Except for Fanny, I have seen each of the nominees – West Side Story, Judgment at Nuremberg, […]

Happy 100th birthday, Kirk… I think.

October 17, 2016 Alan Royle 8

  Kirk Douglas was born Issur Demsky in New York City to Jewish-Russian parents on 9 December 1916. Like Olivia de Havilland (in July) he will turn 100 in 2016. Back in 1958 his good friend Mike Todd asked him to fly to New York with him to celebrate Mike’s […]

The Mike Todd saga.

September 19, 2016 Alan Royle 11

  In 1958 Kirk Douglas accepted an invitation from film producer Mike Todd to accompany him on a flight to New York aboard Mike’s private plane dubbed The Lucky Liz, in honor of his wife Elizabeth Taylor. ‘As I was packing my bags I suddenly felt a painful knotting in […]

Reds under the bed – Hollywood and the HUAC.

December 10, 2015 admin 6

  John Huston directed and Sterling Hayden starred in The Asphalt Jungle in 1950. At the time both were members of The Committee for the First Amendment, a group formed in September 1947 to support the Hollywood Ten and to oppose those who wished to blacklist actors, writers etc. who […]

Did you know? Items of interest Part 2.

August 16, 2015 admin 9

  Mimi Rogers Until 1990 Tom Cruise was a Catholic. In fact, at 18 years of age he studied to become a priest, but changed his mind after one year. His first wife, actress Mimi Rogers, convinced him to renounce Catholicism and embrace the Church of Scientology. In 2003, he […]

Hollywood’s Oldest Stars

April 29, 2015 admin 2

  So far, in the entire history of Hollywood movie stars, only five have managed to reach the ripe old age of 100 – three women and two men. There are, however, quite a few beating down the door to ‘The Hundred Club’, plus a handful who fell just a […]