WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT45.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT45.

April 11, 2021 Alan Royle 2

ROBERT PRESTON (1918-87)                  This charismatic Robert Preston was born in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts as Robert Preston Meservey towards the end of World War One. As Bob Mesevey he joined the US Army Air Corps, the predecessor of the US Army Air Force (USAAF) after Pearl Harbor and served for three […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT5.

February 20, 2019 Alan Royle 0

              An action still from The Last of the Mohicans (1992) LAST OF THE MOHICANS, THE (1992) French & Indian War (1754-63) – A love story set during a historically violent period of American frontier history. Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe play the lovers around whom the violent and treacherous […]

OSCAR ALSO-RANS

December 12, 2018 Alan Royle 2

Luise Rainer While there is no doubt that Hollywood admires actors and actresses who win Oscars, it is equally true that the industry only likes to employ those who make money, and to be able to do one does not necessarily mean you can do the other. Take Luise Rainer, […]

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BEST PICTURE OSCAR WINNERS – THE BEST AND THE WORST.

March 21, 2018 Alan Royle 7

There have been some quite wonderful ‘Best Picture’ Oscar winners since 1927/8 and there have been some shockers, too. Just for the heck of it, I went through the list and jotted down my top ten and my bottom ten. If anyone agrees with either list I shall be flabbergasted, […]

PETER O’TOOLE – the actor and the man.

August 19, 2017 Alan Royle 4

  PETER O’TOOLE   (1932 – 2013)                                      Peter O’Toole hailed from Leeds in Yorkshire. He always maintained he was born in Ireland, but there are simply no records indicating that. As a teenager he started out as a newspaper copy boy, showed promise as a reporter, but was drawn to the […]

The making of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ (1962).

August 11, 2017 Alan Royle 1

  Lawrence of Arabia (1962) is a remarkable movie for many reasons, not the least of which is that it runs for 227 minutes (the restored Roadshow print) without a single word being uttered by a female! No women, no romance and no love story. Most Hollywood experts would automatically […]

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, […]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 14.

September 17, 2016 Alan Royle 0

  CILENTO, Diane                              CONNERY, Sean                              1962 – 73 (div.)   Australian actress Diane Cilento is all but unknown today to international audiences. If not for her marriage to the first James Bond, Sean Connery, her career might be pretty much forgotten. Even her Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress […]

My favourite 50 movies of all time – Pt 2.

February 16, 2016 admin 4

    #30  Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Vincent Riotta, Lindsay Duncan A delightful romance with many moving moments and great scenery.     #29  Shane (1953) Alan Ladd, Jack Palance, Van Heflin, Brandon de Wilde, Jean Arthur George Stevens’ classic western, Ladd and Palance outstanding. #28  A […]