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LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT10.

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 […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT156.

June 17, 2020 Alan Royle 2

Debbie Reynolds & Eddie Fisher on their wedding day Husband and wife team Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds co-starred in the squeaky-clean romantic comedy Bundle of Joy (1956). Debbie was pregnant at the time with their daughter Carrie, the future Princess Leia of Star Wars fame. Her brother, Todd, would […]

STARMAKER.

STARMAKER – HENRY WILLSON

June 2, 2020 Alan Royle 2

Super agent Henry Willson I have written about super-agent Henry Willson in this site before (about three years ago), but his extraordinary story merits an up-date and a little clarification. Today, although barely remembered at all, Henry has made it into the Hollywood history books as the creator of former […]

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT4.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT4.

March 22, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)                                          I was enjoying my one and only trip to the UK in 1981, when I met my sister and we went together to see a recent release that looked promising – Steven Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark. Like most of the audience, […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT18.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT18.

January 30, 2020 Alan Royle 0

ROCK HUDSON:                                                    [His response in 1978 to whether or not he was gay] ‘I’ve heard that rumour for years and I just don’t care about it. I know lots of gays in Hollywood. Some have tried it on with me, but I’ve always said, ‘Come On, you’ve got the wrong […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT145.

November 16, 2019 Alan Royle 0

Vincent Edwards as Ben Casey From 1961 until 1966, just about the hottest guy in town (television – wise) was Brooklyn-born Vincent Edwards, the star of a popular series called Ben Casey. A former swimming champion, he even trained to represent the USA at the Olympics before taking on an […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT139.

September 11, 2019 Alan Royle 4

  Garry Marshall & Julia Roberts Given his successful directing career, one is left to wonder why American director Garry Marshall, the man who helmed Pretty Woman in 1990, chose to make the sadism & masochism feature Exit to Eden four years after his greatest achievement. He has since written […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT108.

February 24, 2019 Alan Royle 0

Lulu sings ‘To Sir with Love’ in the movie (The Mindbenders in the background) Sidney Poitier as ‘Sir’ Columbia held To Sir with Love (1967) from release for over a year before finally deciding to open it in Westwood, California in the summer of 1967. It did so unexpectedly well […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT69.

October 17, 2018 Alan Royle 6

  Van Heflin, Barbara Stanwyck, Lizabeth Scott & Kirk Douglas  The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) Kirk Douglas made his screen debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946). It was also Van Heflin’s first picture since returning from his three-year stint with the US Army Air Force in […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT63.

October 5, 2018 Alan Royle 2

Much of the werewolf mythology we accept as gospel these days was actually made up when the 1935 production Werewolf of London was written and filmed. They came up with the notion that being bitten by a werewolf turns you into one; that a werewolf changes under a full moon […]