June 26, 2022 Alan Royle 3

  ULZANA’S RAID (1972)                  This is a particularly brutal film at times, but Ulzana’s Raid is, in my opinion, one of the better westerns to come out of the seventies. Critics appear divided on this, however. The story has no basis in fact. The green Lieutenant DeBuin (played by Bruce […]

‘THE RED SCARE’ 1947-54

‘THE RED SCARE’ 1947-54

March 22, 2022 Alan Royle 10

  ‘THE RED SCARE’ 1947-54                      Much has been written about the paranoia that evolved in America, due to the excesses of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in the forties and fifties, and their impact on the movie industry in that country. I thought it might be time to post […]



November 25, 2021 Alan Royle 5

  Bob Hope in the 1930s In 1938, Bob Hope landed his own radio show, The Bob Hope Pepsodent Show, for which he was paid $2,500 a week! The season ran for 39 weeks and that presented him with a problem, for now he had to come up with thirty-nine […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT60.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT60.

November 19, 2021 Alan Royle 0

GEORGE TAKEI (1937- )                                                                                                                                      George Takei portrayed Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the original TV series of Star Trek (1966-69). He was born in Los Angeles in 1937 and his father named him George after England’s King George VI, whose coronation had taken […]

‘Films – Wartime Romances’

‘Films – Wartime Romances’

October 8, 2021 Alan Royle 2

  YANKS (1979)                        Richard Gere & Lisa Eichhorn Yanks (1979) is a film directed by British-born John Schlesinger and is set in England in the year leading up to the Allied Second Front of June 1944. It is a […]

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June 20, 2020 Alan Royle 2

          Director Douglas Sirk saw something in Rock Hudson and cast him as the lead opposite Piper Laurie in his 1952 feature Has Anybody Seen My Gal? The director was impressed enough to offer Rock the title role two years later in Taza, Son of Cochise […]

GRETA GARBO (1905-90)


February 23, 2020 Alan Royle 0

GRETA GARBO (1905 – 90) Anna Christie (1930), Camille (1936), Ninotchka (1939) Greta Garbo was born Greta Gustafsson in Stockholm, Sweden in 1905. Famed Swedish director Mauritz Stiller chose the 18 year-old for the lead in The Saga of Gosta Berling (1924) and she was on her way. Soon, both […]


August 27, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    JOAN COLLINS: [1984] ‘I Enjoyed being an adulteress…taking a certain vengeance for the fact that my husband was not being faithful. The compartment that’s easy to put me in is, ‘free-thinking, sexy broad with a dirty mouth, who pretty much does what she wants’. But there’s more to […]


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 […]


May 8, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  ‘Prince’ Michael Romanoff outside his restaurant Romanoff’s was an extremely popular restaurant in Hollywood, owned by a gentleman named Michael Romanoff who proclaimed himself to be of royal blood, a Russian prince, in fact, and nephew to the late Tsar Nicholas II. It was widely known in Hollywood that […]