‘SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF’ (1969)

‘SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF’ (1969)

October 19, 2022 Alan Royle 2

  SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF (1969)         In the opinion of this writer, the screenplay for Support Your Local Sheriff is the funniest ever written for a western. Given that it was the brainchild of William Bowers, the quality of his writing should not come as a surprise for many readers, […]

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (1938)

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (1938)

March 10, 2022 Alan Royle 2

  THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (1938) I recently purchased a copy of this charming 1938 film and was surprised to find it had been shot in colour. Having only seen it once before (on television in 1960), I had expected it to be in black and white. In 1960 […]

TV WESTERNS – PT14

TV WESTERNS – PT14

May 23, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  THE GUNS OF WILL SONNETT (1967-9) 50 EPISODES         Old Will Sonnet (played by Walter Brennan) is an ex-cavalry scout and gunfighter who roams the West with his grandson, Jeff, (played by Dack Rambo), in search of his son and Jeff’s father, James Sonnett, a former lawman and gunfighter. James […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT36.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT36.

November 29, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  DOLORES MORAN (1926-82)                                                                               Dolores was one of those actresses whose private life proved to be far more interesting than her film career. The extremely well-endowed Californian beauty was signed to a seven-year contract at Warner Bros at the age of sixteen (with her parents’ full consent) in […]

More Thirties Movie Trivia – PT4

February 9, 2018 Alan Royle 0

        Wendy Hiller and Leslie Howard in Pygmalion (1938) The scene in both Pygmalion (1938) and My Fair Lady (1964) where Eliza accidentally swallows a marble during her elocution lessons was never part of George Bernard Shaw’s original story. In the 1938 film Wendy Hiller suddenly exhibited a pained […]

50 TOP MALE SUPPORTING ACTORS PT 2 (25-1)

July 14, 2017 Alan Royle 0

  25        JOE PANTOLIANO I enjoyed Joe Pantoliano as Guido in Risky Business (1983), Eddie Moscone in Midnight Run (1988) and as Cosmo Renfro in The Fugitive (1993). My only criticism is his over-use of expletives in the roles he chooses. Perhaps, I am just showing my age. 24        AUSTIN […]

When is an Indian not an Indian? (PT 2).

February 16, 2017 Alan Royle 1

  On February 14, I posted the first part of this article, featuring a selection of non-Native Americans who have portrayed Amerindians in movies over the past 100 years or so. It was not a comprehensive list. In part two the focus shifts to the genuine Native Americans who now […]

PAST OSCAR WINNERS – Some Observations – PT 1.

September 29, 2016 Alan Royle 0

                I have been looking through the history of the Academy Awards and, like most people interested in such things, I have found myself disagreeing with many of the choices and agreeing wholeheartedly with others. Here are a few of my thoughts on […]

Great character actors Pt 3.

March 9, 2016 admin 2

    Eve Arden was born Eunice Quedens in California in 1908. Her folks divorced when she was young and she quit school at 16 to join a stock theatre company. She made her film debut in Song of Love in 1929 and her Broadway debut (as Eve Arden) in […]