LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT21.

LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES – PT23.

April 14, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  THE OMEN (1976)                Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) is the US Ambassador to Great Britain in this movie. He and wife Katherine (Lee Remick) are desperate for a child of their own so, when their baby is stillborn, Robert arranges through a priest […]

PROFILES – Hutton & Hutton.

PROFILES – Hutton & Hutton.

January 4, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  BETTY HUTTON (1921 – 2007)                Betty entered this world as Elizabeth Thornburg via Battle Creek, Michigan in February 1921. Her father deserted the family when she was two (and committed suicide sixteen years later). Mum moved the family to Detroit after dad shot through and, in the middle of […]

PROFILES: Audrey Hepburn & Barbara Hershey

PROFILES: Audrey Hepburn & Barbara Hershey

October 3, 2020 Alan Royle 2

  AUDREY HEPBURN (1929 – 93)              After filming completed on Roman Holiday (1953), Audrey became engaged to businessman James (later Lord) Hanson, a man she had known since her early days in London. The Fontana sisters even designed an ivory satin wedding gown for her, but the bride to be […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT21.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT21.

April 9, 2020 Alan Royle 2

WILLIAM HOLDEN (1918 – 81)                                                               On April 21, 1942, Holden became the first prominent, married movie star to enlist in the services, inspired by his brother, Bob Beedle, who was already in the Navy Air Corps and fighting in the South Pacific. The moment Holden graduated from Air Corps […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT19.

RANDOM QUOTES – PT19.

February 17, 2020 Alan Royle 0

  JONATHAN HARRIS:                                                       [On starting his stage career in ‘The Heart of a City’ at Henry Miller’s Theatre, New York City in 1942] ‘I got thrown out of that office every day. Finally, the secretary took pity on me and I got to meet Mr. Miller. He cast me as […]

SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950) – A timeless classic.

December 13, 2019 Alan Royle 0

The name Norma Desmond, Gloria Swanson’s character in Sunset Boulevard (1950), was chosen from a combination of silent-film star Norma Talmadge and silent movie director William Desmond Taylor. The latter’s still-unsolved murder is one of the great scandals of Hollywood history and contributed to the eventual introduction of the Hays […]

RANDOM QUOTES – PT13

November 25, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  JUDY GARLAND:                                                              [On her days at MGM] ‘MGM had us working days and nights on end. They’d give us pep-up pills to keep us on our feet long after we were exhausted. Then they’d take us to the studio hospital and knock us cold with sleeping pills…Then after […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT132.

July 16, 2019 Alan Royle 2

    Columbia head Harry Cohn pictured with Rita Hayworth The notoriously vulgar Harry Cohn, head of Columbia Pictures, had his mind set on using Rita Hayworth, an actress he sexually harrassed for decades, for the role of Billie Dawn in the 1950 classic Born Yesterday, but she had just […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT116.

March 22, 2019 Alan Royle 2

The stunning Linda Darnell Nineteen year-old Linda Darnell was supposed to play the role of Vivian Potter in 1943’s The Gang’s All Here, but then she up and married 41 year-old cinematographer J. Peverell Marley and her boss, the predatory Darryl F. Zanuck at 20th Century Fox, was anything but […]

MOVIE TRIVIA – PT110.

March 2, 2019 Alan Royle 4

Doris Day at the peak of her beauty and talent The real Ruth Etting with her ‘benefactor’ Martin Snyder Love Me or Leave Me (1955) is one of the very best musical biopics ever made, thanks to superb performances from Doris Day and James Cagney, coupled with Daniel Fuchs’ Oscar-winning […]