MOVIE TRIVIA PT183.

MOVIE TRIVIA PT183.

October 17, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  June Allyson MGM’s profits in 1952 were its lowest in twenty years, so costs were cut by dropping the contracts of many of the studio’s highest-paid stars. Clark Gable, Greer Garson, June Allyson, Esther Williams, Van Johnson, Deborah Kerr, Kathryn Grayson, George Murphy and Lionel Barrymore were all unceremoniously […]

‘THE RAZOR’S EDGE’ (1946)

‘THE RAZOR’S EDGE’ (1946)

September 8, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  THE RAZOR’S EDGE (1946)                      It’s a pity that Bill Shakespeare had already used the title ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ a few centuries earlier, otherwise W. Somerset Maugham might have used it for this much-overrated melodrama. The Razor’s Edge takes 148 minutes focusing on Larry Darrell (Tyrone Power) and his […]

PROFILES: KATY JURADO – DIANE KEATON

PROFILES: KATY JURADO – DIANE KEATON

July 4, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  KATY JURADO (1924-2002)                     Katy began life as Maria Garcia in Mexico City, Mexico in January 1924, but was known as ‘Katy’ throughout her childhood by all those close to her. Many sources give Guadalajara as her place of birth, but her birth certificate clearly names Mexico City. She spent […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT44.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT44.

March 27, 2021 Alan Royle 2

SIDNEY POITIER (1927- )                         Sidney L. Poitier hails from Cat Island in The Bahamas, although he was not born there. He arrived in this world two months prematurely in Miami, Florida while his parents were visiting there. At the age of fifteen his parents sent him back to Miami to […]

PROFILES – HOPKINS & HORNE

PROFILES – HOPKINS & HORNE

November 26, 2020 Alan Royle 1

MIRIAM HOPKINS (1902 – 72)                 Born Ellen Miriam Hopkins into a wealthy Savannah, Georgia family in 1902, ‘Mims’ Hopkins attended the finest educational institutions, including (according to most historians but not all of them) Syracuse University in New York State. She studied dance in New York and got her feet […]

PROFILES – Wanda Hendrix & Sonja Henie.

PROFILES – Wanda Hendrix & Sonja Henie.

September 6, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  WANDA HENDRIX (1928 – 81)                             She was born Dixie Wanda Hendrix in Jacksonville, Florida in 1928. Whilst appearing in her little hometown theatre group, young Dixie was noticed by a talent scout and signed to a […]

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, […]

PROFILES – Gish & Gaynor.

PROFILES – Gish & Gaynor.

January 27, 2020 Alan Royle 0

  Lillian Gish Lillian Gish might very well have died in her twenties when she was hit by the influenza pandemic of 1918. She miraculously survived it when a great many people did not. In the 1920s, there was something of a scandal when producer Charles Duell made public details […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT12.

November 13, 2019 Alan Royle 0

        CLINT EASTWOOD:                                                         [On surviving a plane crash in the early fifties] ‘They had one plane, a Douglas AD, sort of a torpedo bomber of World War Two vintage, and I thought I’d hitch on that. Everything went wrong. Radios went out. Oxygen ran out. And finally […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT137.

August 18, 2019 Alan Royle 0

    Three of the film’s Munchkins Judy Garland recalled working on the set of The Wizard of Oz (1939) with The Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), The Tin Man (Jack Haley) and The Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr). ‘Whenever we’d do that little dance up the Yellow Brick Road, I was supposed […]