JUDY GARLAND

JUDY GARLAND

March 13, 2020 Alan Royle 0

Judy Garland Born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1922, Judy Garland was singing from the age of two. Her mother recognised her potential at once and carted her around the country, having her perform solo in nightclubs, cabarets, hotels and theatres. The family was in constant turmoil, […]

HELEN GILBERT (1915-95)

January 15, 2020 Alan Royle 0

  HELEN GILBERT (1915-95) Helen came out of Warren, Ohio and made quite a splash in Hollywood for a brief time, more through her appearances in the gossip columns than for her acting on the silver screen, however, for her talent as a thespian was minimal at best. She did […]

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 – PT127

June 7, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  Sir Laurence Olivier Producer David Lewis said of his friend Sir Laurence Olivier, ‘He would sleep with anyone.’ Larry’s first wife, actress Jill Esmond, was a lesbian and gave him free reign to pursue male lovers at will. And he did so with considerable relish. He and Noel Coward […]

THE POVERTY ROW STUDIOS – their rise and fall.

March 28, 2019 Alan Royle 2

The ‘Big Five’ major studios Up until the time the first crack in the system appeared in 1948, the movie business was controlled by the ‘Big Five’ major studios – MGM, Paramount, Warner Bros, RKO and Fox – and to a far lesser extent by the ‘Little Three’ majors – […]

20 ACTORS/PERFORMANCES I LEAST ENJOY WATCHING

December 28, 2018 Alan Royle 7

  Down the decades I have developed a powerful dislike for certain actors and/or individual performances, players or portrayals that I felt detracted from some really good movies (and a few bad ones). So, I wrote out a list of the really irksome players (or moments) in all the films […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT88.

December 14, 2018 Alan Royle 3

      Mario Lanza                                                       Legendary opera singer and actor Mario Lanza called himself ‘the Tiger’ and considered himself to be a stallion of […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT40

August 4, 2018 Alan Royle 2

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 […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT10.

May 16, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Richard Harris was nominated for an Oscar for The Field (1990) and was asked by reporters if he intended to attend the Academy Awards. His response, needless to say, was not published in the papers. ‘Why the fuck would I want to participate in any of this Hollywood bollocks? It’s […]

Thirties movie trivia – PT1

February 3, 2018 Alan Royle 0

                  Norma Shearer                               Norma & Jimmy Stewart circa 1939         Mickey Rooney in his Andy Hardy days Norma Shearer’s husband, Irving Thalberg, passed away in September 1936. […]