December 30, 2022 Alan Royle 3

  Dennis Quaid as Doc Holliday in Wyatt Earp (1994) If you have ever watched the film Wyatt Earp (1994), starring Kevin Costner in the title role, you were probably shocked to see how emaciated Dennis Quaid looked in his role as the consumptive killer Doc Holliday. By the time Quaid had […]



October 6, 2020 Alan Royle 0

Pola Negri Polish-born silent-screen star Pola Negri wrote in her autobiography that the legendary Rudolph Valentino was once ‘the love of her life’. She even claimed to have been engaged to him at the time of his death. Another silent star Ben Lyon temporarily added credence to her claims when […]


January 15, 2019 Alan Royle 2

Pola Negri & Rudolph Valentino There has never been a shortage of prima donnas among movie stars, especially in Hollywood. Back in the Roaring Twenties it was the outrageously publicity addict Pola Negri who made sure reporters and cameramen were present when she swooned with crying fits at the casket […]

The Quigley Poll of Top Box-office stars PT 1. (1915-43)

July 4, 2017 Alan Royle 2

  The Quigley Publications Poll determined the top box-office stars each year. Here are the winners for each year from 1915 until 2013 – Part 1 (1915-43). 1915       William S. Hart 1916       William S. Hart Hart hailed from New York where he became famous for his 1899 portrayal of Messala […]

Four forgotten stars of the silent era – PT 1.

August 14, 2016 Alan Royle 2

  Renee Adoree One of Hollywood’s many sad stories, Renee Adoree was a silent star who had her moment in the sun before illness claimed her at just 35 years of age. She was born Jeanne de la Fonte in Lille, France in 1898, and began her performing career with […]