WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT37.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT37.

December 14, 2020 Alan Royle 0

WAYNE MORRIS (1914-59)                                                                                  While he was making Flight Angels (1939), Wayne Morris decided to take flying lessons. Consequently, in the summer of 1941, he enlisted in the US Navy Reserve. In February, 1942, two months after Pearl Harbor, he married former Olympic swimmer Patricia O’Rourke whose uncle commanded Air […]


March 30, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  36 HOURS (1964) – World War Two This is an intriguing black and white feature, a slice of Hollywood hokum, cleverly done and well-acted. The story, however, is as far-fetched as it can get. It stars three of my favourite actors – James Garner, Rod Taylor and Eva Marie […]

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September 17, 2018 Alan Royle 4

The Audie Murphy Memorial in Holtzwir, France To Hell and Back (1955) is a biopic about Audie L. Murphy, America’s most decorated soldier of World War Two. Thirty year-old Murphy plays himself. He dreaded re-enacting one particular scene in which his closest friend (Brandon) stands up while the company is […]


March 19, 2018 Alan Royle 8

Director Charles Laughton thought Robert Mitchum was one of the finest actors in the world and he also respected him as a person. He wrote in Esquire about the American who starred in his masterpiece The Night of the Hunter in 1955: ‘All this tough talk is a blind, you […]