Sex scandal of silent screen icon Clara Bow

Having watched BBC four’s tribute to one of early cinema’s biggest stars made me keen to learn more about Clara Bow. Here is what I dug up: Clara was born in poverty in the slums of Brooklyn, her father was a drunk and her mother was in and out of mental asylums. She was extremelyContinue reading “Sex scandal of silent screen icon Clara Bow”

Completley unneccesary film trashes memory of Hollywood

In all my years of watching films and mad-for tv productions I have never witnessed quite such a wrongheaded and misguided undertaking as BBC 2’s The Girl, a supposedly accurate account of Hitchcock’s warped obsession with actress Tippi Hedren. As Hitch buffs already know, Hedren became Hitchcock’s newest blonde muse in 1963, when Grace Kelly refused his pleas toContinue reading “Completley unneccesary film trashes memory of Hollywood”

HOT SATURDAY: The very modern bromance of Cary Grant and Randolph Scott

  Everyone knows Cary Grant, debonair English born actor of North By Northwest and The Philadelphia Story. He started his acting career aged 16 in Vaudeville before settlling in Hollywood. His first break was opposite Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus, He then played alongside Mae Venus in She Done Him Wrong. It was ‘The AwfulContinue reading “HOT SATURDAY: The very modern bromance of Cary Grant and Randolph Scott”

Who’s Sorry Now? Or how beneath the schmaltz of Connie Francis lay murder and rape

Connie Francis has a voice that has been described as sounding like melting honey. And she released some of the most sugary and anodyne songs in the American songbook, pop-rockers like Lipstick on Your Collar and Stupid Cupid were big hits. They were released during the strange period in music between Elvis going to warContinue reading “Who’s Sorry Now? Or how beneath the schmaltz of Connie Francis lay murder and rape”

prostitutes, meth and murder; the ultimate exploitation news story from the jungle of Belize

The recent news story of the murder of Gregory Faull has become a frenzy of media interest due to the man involved: J0hn Mcafee, the Silicon Valley who years ago made millions from the anti- virus software that still bears his name. Ever since the body of  Faull on November 11, lying dead in aContinue reading “prostitutes, meth and murder; the ultimate exploitation news story from the jungle of Belize”