The unknown original movies.

Who doesn’t know the classic movie Ben Hur starring the legendary Charlton Heston, which won 11 Oscars Most people will have seen it. However what many don’t realize that the 1959 version had in fact been the 2nd remake of the story of Ben Hur, The 1st time it hit the screens was in inContinue reading “The unknown original movies.”

Interview with Ferne Pearlstein- Director of “the Last Laugh”

  This is the interview I did with Ferne Pearlstein , director,writer and producer of “the Last Laugh” A documentary where world-famous comedians including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, and Gilbert Gottfried pitch in with their own views on the boundaries of comedy.

Stan Laurel-18 June 1890-23 February 1965.

There are very few people who can make you laugh just by looking at their face, but such was the genius of Stan Laurel, his expressions were enough to get you in a burst of laughter. Of course there was much more to his comic genius than just his face. One of my all timeContinue reading “Stan Laurel-18 June 1890-23 February 1965.”

Eli Wallach-Is this war?

Who doesn’t know Eli Wallach? Such a great character actor, known from iconic movies like “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, “Mystic River” or more recently “The Holiday” . He was such a versatile actor but the role he not known for was his portrayal of Adolf Hitler. Born on December 7 1915 inContinue reading “Eli Wallach-Is this war?”

When Police Academy’s Commandant Lassard went to war.

Who hasn’t seen Police Academy or any of the sequels? I reckon mots people have. But one of the actors in the movie had such an interesting life that his story would warrant a movie and would probably become a box office success. George Gaynes who played the clueless Commandant Lassard was born George JongejansContinue reading “When Police Academy’s Commandant Lassard went to war.”

Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler- aka Hedy Lamarr.

I have already done a blog on how Hedy Lamarr was imvolved in developing and patenting a technology which was a front runner of something we now commonly call WiFi. That on its own makes her a remarkable woman, but there is so much more to her. In 1933 she starred in a Czech  romanticContinue reading “Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler- aka Hedy Lamarr.”

Gene Kelly- WWII

Today marks the 107th birthday of Gene Kelly. I can’t think of anyone who was quite like him. He truly was a remarkable individual, an economy graduate, a teacher,a dancer,choreographer,actor,singer,producer,director and lieutenant, junior grade in the US Navy stationed in D.C. at the U.S. Naval Photographic Center where he served from 1944-1947. Whilst working forContinue reading “Gene Kelly- WWII”

Charles Durning WWII Veteran.

Anyone who knows movies will know the name Charles Durning. He has starred in so many classic movies in a variety of genres, comedies, thrillers, musicals/ Movies like “Dog day afternoon”, “The Choirboys” ot “The best little whorehouse in Texas” the list is endless. Additionally he has also starred in a great number of TVContinue reading “Charles Durning WWII Veteran.”

Edda van Heemstra aka Audrey Hepburn

There is one myth about Audrey Hepburn I have to dispel, she was not British-Belgian. In Belgium as in many other European countries you don’t automatically obtain citizenship just because you’re born there. You get the nationality of your parents, usually the nationality of the Father or sometimes the Mother. Audrey was born on MayContinue reading “Edda van Heemstra aka Audrey Hepburn”

Dirk Bogarde-Not just an actor.

I don’t know why but ever since I moved to Ireland I have found myself explaining my name quite a bit. I have been called Derek,Declan,Kirk and other variations.Nowadays I usually say “Dirk like Dirk Bogarde” it mostly takes another few minutes for people to get my last name right. Most people will have heardContinue reading “Dirk Bogarde-Not just an actor.”