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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 17:22

Mickey Rooney The Last of the Great Song and Dance Men

Written by Dennis Munday
Mickey Rooney 3

© Words Dennis Munday. Ronchi Dei Legionari, Gorizia, Italy

When the ‘pint’ sized Mickey Rooney died on April 6, 2014, it was truly the end of an era. Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr. on September 23, 1920, the son of vaudeville performers Joe Yule and Nell Carter. He first appeared on stage as part of the family act, at the age of 17 months, playing a mouth organ. They were divorced when Rooney was seven, and when his parents separated in 1924, his mother took
him off to Hollywood.
Saturday, 05 April 2014 11:03

What A Carry On – Sid James Part Two of Two

Written by Laurence Marcus
Sid James 22.

© Words Laurence Marcus


Tony Hancock had been appearing in just such a radio, 'All-Star Bill', when the series producer, Roy Speer was taken ill. His replacement, Dennis Main Wilson, unhappy with the shows content, enlisted the writing talents of two relatively unknown, but talented newcomers, Ray Galton and Alan Simpson. Then in 1953, Galton and Simpson, knowing that the BBC were anxious to give Hancock his own starring vehicle, came up with the concept of a rather pompous character who would hold court in a bed-sit somewhere in London. The show would be centred around the character's hopes and misadventures, and would star other comedians but be devoid of catchphrases, silly voices or musical numbers.
Saturday, 05 April 2014 10:09

Greed is Good: a review of "The Wolf Of Wall Street"

Written by Scott Powhatan Collins
The Wolf of Wall Street 1
© Words - Scott Powhatan Collins
Based upon the memoir by Jordan Belfort. Screenplay Written by Terence Winter Directed by Martin Scorsese**** (four stars)

"...do the Wall Street Shuffle
Let your money hustle
Bet you'd sell your mother
You can buy another..."
-10cc "The Wall Street Shuffle"

Now THAT was a movie....
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 17:24

What A Carry On – Sid James Part One of Two

Written by Laurence Marcus
/Sid James 1.j

© Words Laurence Marcus.
With his battered features, wicked leer and possibly the most recognisable laugh in show business, Sid James appeared to the world as a streetwise Cockney ex-heavyweight boxer, an image that he actively encouraged because he knew that it would endear him to millions of fans worldwide. But Sid was no more an East End boy than he was a fighter. "Nobody could ever think of me as a star, " Sid once said. " All I can do is play myself." But being 'himself' was all he needed, because Sid James was loved by millions worldwide, and when he tragically died on stage at the Sunderland Empire on 26th April 1976, the world lost a unique talent.
Monday, 24 March 2014 21:00

Frankenstein The True Story

Written by Matteo Sedazzari

Michael Sarrazin Frankenstein The True Story.
© Words Matteo Sedazzari

Frankenstein The True Story made in 1973, directed by Jack Smight, a veteran of TV movies and shows (The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Arrest and Trial, The Sound of Miles Davis) and cinema (The Illustrated Man, Kaleidoscope ,The Third Day).   Much of Smight’s work is focused on the psychology of the central actors, and how circumstances affected their actions and decisions. This is certainly the case with Frankenstein The True Story, made for TV, yet with such picturesque settings, dramatic sound track and strong performances, Frankenstein The True Story could easily have been released for the cinema.

Friday, 21 February 2014 16:32

Ferdy Fox’s World of Horror #3 For Madmen Only

Written by Ferdy Fox
Ferdy Fox 1.
Hello Chaps, Ferdy Fox here, connoisseur of the frighteningly fantastic and the morbidly macabre.

I seem to recall promising a New Year’s Honours list where I pay tribute to my top five films of the last five years from the International Horror scene. So here it is - fashionably late.

From the icy fjords of Norway, the dusty back streets of downtown Havana, remote South American forests and a post apocalyptic Germany – I am taking you on a journey of Jules Verne proportions,
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