JUDY GARLAND

JUDY GARLAND

March 13, 2020 Alan Royle 0

Judy Garland Born Frances Ethel Gumm in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 1922, Judy Garland was singing from the age of two. Her mother recognised her potential at once and carted her around the country, having her perform solo in nightclubs, cabarets, hotels and theatres. The family was in constant turmoil, […]

LOUELLA & HEDDA – The Poisoned Pens.

November 19, 2019 Alan Royle 2

    (L) Hedda Hopper & Louella Parsons Beginning in 1912 with Photoplay, there have always been movie magazines, most of which relied almost entirely on being fed carefully orchestrated morsels of ‘facts’ about their stars by the studios’ publicity departments. The public was so hungry for ‘behind the scenes’ […]

WW2 – The stars & their stories – PT10.

November 10, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  DARNELL, Linda:                                                                                                  Linda was one of the many local actresses who attended the Hollywood Canteen and did their level best to make a lot of young servicemen briefly happy before they embarked for battle zones on the other side of the world. On one particular evening she […]

KIDS & JUVENILES – PT2.

May 17, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  FREDDIE BARTHOLOMEW       (1924 – 92) London-born Freddie Bartholomew’s career spanned just 21 years and 28 screen appearances. Twenty-two of those performances were as a boy or juvenile; the other six after he was no longer a teenager. He was a precocious boy, reciting and performing on the stage from […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT119.

April 8, 2019 Alan Royle 1

                                                                                                                                      Wendy Barrie as Jane Seymour in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) Whenever I see the Alexander Korda feature The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), the one in which Charles Laughton so memorably plays the title role, I find myself drawn to the actress playing Jane […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT116.

March 22, 2019 Alan Royle 2

The stunning Linda Darnell Nineteen year-old Linda Darnell was supposed to play the role of Vivian Potter in 1943’s The Gang’s All Here, but then she up and married 41 year-old cinematographer J. Peverell Marley and her boss, the predatory Darryl F. Zanuck at 20th Century Fox, was anything but […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT109.

February 28, 2019 Alan Royle 0

A scene from the 1952 feature Scaramouche Stewart Granger and Mel Ferrer fought a duel early in Scaramouche (1952), and part of the sequence required Granger to lie on the wooden floorboards as an iron chandelier dropped towards him. It was rigged to stop just inches from his face. The […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT104.

January 27, 2019 Alan Royle 4

Anna Nicole Smith & J. Howard Marshall Anna Nicole Smith (23) met 86 year-old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall at the strip club she worked at in Houston. It was 1991. Things happened for her pretty quickly after that. Hugh Heffner put her on the cover of his March ’92 […]

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THE ‘GOOD GUY’ ACTORS

September 27, 2018 Alan Royle 2

  Down the decades there have always been actors and actresses that have come across on the screen as genuinely nice people, the kind of men and women one would assume must be a really fine people to get to know away from the screen. Of course, looks can be […]

SIXTIES MOVIE TRIVIA – PT4.

April 26, 2018 Alan Royle 5

     Joan Collins & Bing Crosby Rumours abounded that Joan Collins was having an affair with Bing Crosby during the making of Road to Hong Kong (1962). Nothing could have been further from the truth. She found him disgusting, particularly his pipe-smoker’s habit of clearing his throat by spitting globules […]