WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT20.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT20.

March 7, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  HAYAKAWA, Sessue:                                                         He was born Kintaro Hayakawa in Chiba, Japan in 1886. Hayakawa’s family intended him to become an officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy. However, after he was expelled from the naval academy at the age of eighteen he attempted suicide, before re-evaluating his situation and moving to […]

HOLLYWOOD & THE ‘COMMUNIST CONSPIRACY’.

HOLLYWOOD & THE ‘COMMUNIST CONSPIRACY’.

February 14, 2020 Alan Royle 5

                        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, […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT4.

September 14, 2019 Alan Royle 2

    JULIE ADAMS   Julie in Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) ‘No matter what you do, you can act your heart out, but people will always say, ‘Oh, Julie Adams – Creature from the Black Lagoon’.   CLAUDIA CARDINALE ‘I wasn’t speaking a word of Italian until I was […]

MEMORABLE PERFORMANCES – PT7

November 24, 2018 Alan Royle 2

Sterling Hayden as Dix Handley in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Sterling Hayden was one of those actors who did not have to act tough. He was tough. Hayden made two movies in 1941, found time to wed British beauty Madeleine Carroll in February 1942, and then headed off to war. […]

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MOVIE TRIVIA – PT39.

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                  John Wayne accepts Gary Cooper’s Oscar for High Noon John Wayne and Ward Bond, two staunch supporters of the Senator McCarthy witch-hunts of the late forties and early fifties, were incensed over Carl Foreman’s screenplay for High Noon (1952), which they knew […]

B – LIST BEAUTIES PT2.

September 10, 2017 Alan Royle 0

         LITA BARON (1923 – 2015)                          The Broken Star (1956) opposite Howard Duff Tiny Lita Baron (she was just 4’11”) was a fiery Andalusion-born singer/dancer from Almeria, Spain who performed up front with Xavier Cugat’s Orchestra at […]

B – LIST BEAUTIES – Pt 1.

September 2, 2017 Alan Royle 0

B – LIST BEAUTIES OF THE STUDIO SYSTEM’S FINAL DAYS – PT 1 For the final 15 years of the studio system, from the end of World War Two until about 1960, an enormous number of starlets were signed to five and seven year contracts by the large and small […]

Past Oscar-winners – some observations – Pt 3.

October 9, 2016 Alan Royle 0

    1949               All the King’s Men – Best Picture                         Broderick Crawford – Best Actor for All the King’s Men   Broderick Crawford Greg Peck as General Savage in Twelve O’Clock High Having seen all five nominated films for 1949, I am surprised that All the King’s Men came out on […]