WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT21.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT21.

April 9, 2020 Alan Royle 2

WILLIAM HOLDEN (1918 – 81)                                                               On April 21, 1942, Holden became the first prominent, married movie star to enlist in the services, inspired by his brother, Bob Beedle, who was already in the Navy Air Corps and fighting in the South Pacific. The moment Holden graduated from Air Corps […]

HOLLYWOOD & THE ‘COMMUNIST CONSPIRACY’.

HOLLYWOOD & THE ‘COMMUNIST CONSPIRACY’.

February 14, 2020 Alan Royle 2

                        To understand how the US Government came to investigate possible links between Hollywood and the Communist Party, we need to go back as far as 1938, when the Moscow show trials preceded the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact of 1939, […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT117.

April 1, 2019 Alan Royle 8

    (L to R) Barbara Parkins, Sharon Tate & Patty Duke                                 Jacqueline Susann based the book on which the 1967 film of the same title, Valley of the Dolls, on a number of people […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT100.

January 13, 2019 Alan Royle 0

Joan Crawford with her adopted daughter Christina, author of Mommie Dearest Debate still rages over the validity of the claims of child abuse levelled by Christina Crawford against her mother, actress Joan Crawford, in her scathing 1978 book titled Mommie Dearest. Friends and supporters of Joan remain convinced that the volume […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT76.

October 31, 2018 Alan Royle 11

Higgins as Benji (1974) The dog that played the title role in the 1974 family film Benji was a mongrel named Higgins, a mix of cocker spaniel, poodle and schnauzer. Animal trainer and breeder Frank Inn adopted him in 1960 from the Burbank Animal Shelter in Burbank, California. For seven seasons Higgins […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT71.

October 21, 2018 Alan Royle 2

    Val Kilmer as Batman & Bruce Wayne Director Joel Schumacher described Val Kilmer as ‘childish and impossible’, after the actor refused to talk to him for two weeks during the filming of Batman Forever (1995). Later, he told an interviewer, ‘Val did me two great favors when I […]

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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 […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT66.

October 11, 2018 Alan Royle 5

    Cynthia Rhodes in Runaway (1984) Cynthia Rhodes is the blonde actress who played opposite Tom Selleck in Runaway (1984), and opposite John Travolta in Staying Alive (1983). Her promising movie career ceased after only five films when she opted to give acting away altogether, preferring instead to devote all her […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT65.

October 9, 2018 Alan Royle 0

Gary Cooper was 55 years of age when he played Jess Birdwell in Friendly Persuasion (1956). He was far too old for the part, yet found time to complain about the casting of Dorothy McGuire. She was a poor actress, he declared, and not nearly attractive enough to play his […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT64.

October 7, 2018 Alan Royle 2

  Kitty Kelley Biographer Kitty Kelley wrote His Way in 1986, an unauthorised biography of Frank Sinatra. In it she told of his numerous conquests that included Nancy Reagan, whom he visited at the White House for romantic trysts while her husband the President of the United States was away […]