LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – ‘FROM HELL’ 2001

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – ‘FROM HELL’ 2001

September 25, 2022 Alan Royle 0

  FROM HELL (2001)              This ‘Jack the Ripper’ Victorian England drama was filmed in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, not in London’s prohibitively expensive East End. The Czech capital provided a convincing impression of 1880s London at a far cheaper cost. Great care […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT202

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT202

September 19, 2022 Alan Royle 0

  PIERCE BROSNAN Irish-born Pierce Brosnan was chosen to play James Bond in 1986 and was given the script for The Living Daylights (1987), despite him being contracted to play the title character in the TV series Remington Steele for a full seven seasons. He was greatly relieved to learn […]

GREAT MOVIE DIALOGUE- PT6.

GREAT MOVIE DIALOGUE- PT6.

March 24, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (1965)             It is difficult to comprehend why this adventure film with a first-rate cast was a box-office failure. But it was, despite it containing no fewer than five Oscar-winning actors in its line-up – James Stewart, Peter Finch, Sir Richard Attenborough, Ernest Borgnine and […]

WORLD WAR 2 – The stars & their stories – PT14.

December 22, 2019 Alan Royle 0

FALK, Peter:                                                                                                                                                 The star of TV’s Columbo (1971-2003) lost an eye to retinoblastoma in 1930 when he was three years old. Having a glass eye, however, did not deter him from trying to enlist in the US Marines at 17 in 1944. He bluffed his way past the […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT143

October 29, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  In 1973, Jack Nicholson turned down the role of Johnny Hooker in The Sting, preferring instead to play ‘Bad Ass’ Buddusky in the far less commercial film The Last Detail. He said he did not wish to appear in a completely commercial picture just then. Four years later, he […]

War Pictures Worth Watching – Pt1.

February 10, 2019 Alan Royle 2

  There have been a lot of very good war pictures churned out over the past 100 years or so. Here is an alphabetical list of those I believe to be worthy of watching. I have every one in my collection and have watched most of them several times. Aldo […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT70.

October 19, 2018 Alan Royle 1

Peter Finch as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Disney’s The Story of Robin Hood & His Merrie Men (1952) Rank Organization producer Earl St. John was greatly impressed by the young actor portraying the Sheriff of Nottingham in Disney’s The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952), so he asked […]

IN THE BEGINNING…PT 2.

December 1, 2017 Alan Royle 0

in The Scarlet Pimpernel MERLE OBERON (1911 – 79) For decades it was accepted that Merle Oberon was born in Hobart, Tasmania. In fact, most of Tasmania thought so too. Few were aware that she had invented the tale to create a past for herself that was as far removed from […]

Did you know? (G)

July 3, 2016 Alan Royle 4

    Olivier & Leigh If you look closely at the long shots of Elizabeth Taylor in Elephant Walk (1954), you can see they are actually of Vivien Leigh, the actress she replaced four weeks after filming began. Miss Leigh had a major breakdown on the set, suffering memory loss […]

Did you know? (B)

June 23, 2016 Alan Royle 6

  Jude Law’s marriage to Sadie Frost began in 1997 and ended in 2003. A contributing factor to the break-up was a near tragedy in October 2002 when Iris, their two year-old daughter, swallowed an ecstasy tablet she found on the floor at a children’s party and was rushed to […]