Posted on 8:52am Friday 2nd October 2015
This week I look back at a star who I imagine is forgotten by most readers today but was once a big name in British films. Dennis Price shot to stardom in the 1940s under contract to Gainsborough and Ealing Studios and was at one time earning £25,000 a year when many lived on wages from £2 to £5 a week.
Posted on 8:46am Friday 25th September 2015
Hello everyone and I must start by saying this week's walk back into the past is a bit bleak but I offer no apologies for it. I have recently returned from visiting the German concentration camps in Poland, named Auschwitz and Birkenau, on the 70th anniversary of their liberation. It has always been on my bucket list of things to do and after 14 years without a holiday it may seem an odd choice. However, I am glad I went, even though I am not Jewish, Gypsy, Russian or related to any other group who suffered at those appalling places. It is hard to believe you are visiting a place where up to one and a half million people were murdered by the Germans, a figure greater than the total UK and USA military and civilian losses throughout the Second World War.
Posted on 8:39am Friday 4th September 2015
I find it hard to believe but it is 30 years since Hollywood star Rock Hudson died amid a lot of bad publicity about his death. Rock died of AIDs, which then was considered a new contagious plague. Perhaps he made a mistake of travelling to Paris for some last minute cure hope but he collapsed there and he was forced to reveal his illness. He was beyond treatment and his wish was to die at his home in Los Angeles. He was returned there on a stretcher although some airlines refused to transport him as they feared the illness was contagious by merely a touch.
Posted on 10:29am Friday 28th August 2015
Hello again everyone and I hope you are all well. Once again my sincere thanks to the members of the public who tell me they enjoy my articles. I enjoy sharing your company as we walk down film nostalgia lane.
Posted on 8:30am Friday 21st August 2015
Today I am looking back at one particular Borehamwood-made movie shot in 1963. I am prompted by the fact that two of its stars passed away within a few weeks of each other without much media attention as both were of yesteryear.
Posted on 9:17am Friday 14th August 2015
Hi everyone and this week once again I am saddened by the death of several showbiz stars. Several old Hollywood and British names have passed away in the last few weeks but I will refrain from mentioning most of them to avoid giving the Grim Reaper credit for his recent work.
Posted on 1:14pm Friday 12th June 2015
Very sad to hear that we have lost yet another old star, this time veteran actor Richard Johnson, who enjoyed a long and successful stage career and starred in a number of movies over several decades.
Posted on 1:54pm Friday 5th June 2015
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the 35th anniversary reunion of some of the cast and crew of The Shining, which was made at Elstree Studios and released in 1980.
Posted on 1:34pm Friday 5th June 2015
I must start by saying that I was very sad to read in the press that veteran star Omar Sharif is now suffering from dementia, which looks like it will overtake cancer as the most common and feared disease in the Western world.
Posted on 8:48pm Sunday 8th February 2015
Last Thursday evening I had the great pleasure of sitting on the judging panel of the Barnet Regional Final of the Jack Petchey “Speak Out” Challenge. I found the experience to be mesmerising, inspirational and a timely reminder as to why we should nurture and value our youth as the ambassadors of the ”Better Tomorrow” that we all so frequently advocate and dream about.
Posted on 11:13am Friday 23rd January 2015
I must start by mourning the passing of some well-known film names.
Posted on 9:00am Friday 9th January 2015
Hello again readers, after two weeks away during which I partied with Simon Cowell in Bermuda or spent the time indoors in Borehamwood, I cannot remember which.
Posted on 3:04pm Friday 12th December 2014
I read with interest that veteran actress Joan Collins is likely to be made a Dame in the New Year’s Honours List.
Posted on 12:07pm Friday 7th November 2014
This week, we look back at the career of a stalwart Elstree star who in his latter years I was lucky enough to call a friend.
Posted on 12:05pm Friday 17th October 2014
The other day, a young man called Brandon travelled from Los Angeles to help mount an auction in London of film props and costumes from the 1970s onwards.
Posted on 12:00am Tuesday 14th October 2014
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Posted on 9:57am Friday 1st August 2014
This week we look back at the lives of two of the greatest stars of Tinseltown’s golden era. During their careers they both filmed at the old MGM British Studios in Borehamwood.
Posted on 10:08am Friday 25th July 2014
I must start by saying farewell to Hollywood star James Garner. He is best remembered for the two television series Maverick and The Rockford Files, but he was also a leading man of cinema in the 1950s and 1960s.
Posted on 11:53am Friday 18th July 2014
I love old British films of the 1940s to the 1960s, which are often in black and white, as they allow you to wallow in times gone by.
Posted on 9:55am Friday 11th July 2014
This year we are celebrating 100 years of film production in Borehamwood at several studios past and present.
Posted on 10:28am Friday 20th June 2014
Well, the centenary celebrations of film production in Borehamwood are now beginning to take off.
Posted on 10:50am Friday 9th May 2014
I am going to start today by having a bit of a moan.
Posted on 1:11pm Friday 25th April 2014
I have been enjoying myself filming interviews with people connected with Borehamwood’s fascinating film heritage as part of the Elstree Project.