WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT59.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT59.

November 4, 2021 Alan Royle 6

  JAMES STEWART (1908-97)                    A native of Indiana, Pennsylvania, James Stewart was blessed with an appeal that seemed to transcend all boundaries. His movie career blossomed in the thirties, due mainly to an on-screen image that made him popular with cinema-goers of both genders and all ages. Men considered him […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT43.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT43.

March 12, 2021 Alan Royle 2

CONRAD PHILLIPS (1925-2016)                          He was born Conrad Havord in London, England in 1925, but later altered the date of birth on his ration book from 1925 to 1924, so that he could enlist in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. He was, in fact, only 16 years old. […]

‘THE GREAT ESCAPE’ (1963)

‘THE GREAT ESCAPE’ (1963)

February 26, 2020 Alan Royle 2

The Great Escape (1963) is often talked about as Steve McQueen’s movie but there are a number of fine performances in this fine film, particularly those of James Garner, James Donald, Hannes Messemer and Donald Pleasence. Of course, McQueen was given the showiest part and he squeezed every drop out […]

World War Two – The Stars & their stories – PT12.

December 1, 2019 Alan Royle 0

DONALD, James:                                                                 The highly respected Scottish actor James Donald is probably remembered by most movie fans for his portrayal of the Senior British Officer in the enormously successful 1963 film The Great Escape, but he graced many other fine productions in his career. In 1939, he tried to enlist, but […]

WAR PICTURES WORTH WATCHING – PT3.

February 14, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    James Mason & Danielle Darrieux  5 FINGERS (1952) World War Two – Espionage in Ankara, Turkey Possibly my favourite espionage movie of all time, thanks to the superbly convincing portrayal of the spy by James Mason and the delightful performance from Danielle Darrieux as the Countess Staviska (a […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT7.

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                                                                              Cindy Morgan                      […]

Past Oscars PT 5 – (1961-66)

November 16, 2016 Alan Royle 0

    1961               West Side Story – Best Picture                         Maximilian Schell – Best Actor for Judgment at Nuremberg                         George Chakiris – Best Supporting Actor for West Side Story                                                               Except for Fanny, I have seen each of the nominees – West Side Story, Judgment at Nuremberg, […]

Actors marrying other actors – Pt 10.

September 1, 2016 Alan Royle 2

  BROLIN, James                                SMITHERS, Jan                               1986 – 95 (div.)                                                                 STREISAND, Barbra                       1998 –   James Brolin […]

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The making of ‘The Great Escape’ (1963)

July 19, 2016 Alan Royle 5

In World War Two Stalag Luft III was an enormous POW camp in Germany, encompassing 59 acres surrounded by over five miles of perimeter fencing and housing some 10,000 Allied servicemen of the Fleet Air Arm. Renowned author Paul Brickhill wrote the book from which this film is taken. He […]

The making of ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (1960)

July 17, 2016 Alan Royle 6

  The Mirisch brothers, Walter, Marvin and Harold, produced a number of highly profitable movies in the fifties and sixties – Some Like it Hot (1959), West Side Story (1961), The Pink Panther (1963) and In the Heat of the Night (1967) were among them. The Magnificent Seven and The […]