Monthly Archives: July 2012

Lancaster, Curtis and La Lollo fly high in ‘Trapeze’

By Ray Bennett LONDON – One year before Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis made cynical music together in Alexander Mackendrick’s “Sweet Smell of Success”, they spent some time flying through the air for Carol Reed in “Trapeze”. The 1956 circus … Continue reading

Posted in Comment, Film | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Recalling … Jim Morrison and The Doors live in Detroit

This review was written right after the concert that was recorded for “Live In Detroit” on the night of May 8, 1970. By Ray Bennett | The Windsor Star | May 9 1970 DETROIT: The Doors exploded in Cobo Hall … Continue reading

Posted in Memory Lane, Music, Recalling ..., Reviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Video earns 50% of film revenues, says the BVA

By Ray Bennett The British Video Association has produced a report called “Ready To Face The Future” with case studies of titles such as “Paul”, “Senna” and “The Inbetweeners Movie” that show one half of feature film revenue comes from … Continue reading

Posted in Film, News | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Recalling … Jimmy Edwards and Eric Sykes in Detroit

By Ray Bennett British comedian Jimmy Edwards sauntered into the lobby of the Pontchartain Hotel in Detroit an inch or two behind a magnificent white moustache, cane in hand and a Moss. Bros. light brown bowler atop his portly frame. January … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Interviews, Memory Lane, Recalling ..., Theatre | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Why Andy Griffith could never be ‘A Face In The Crowd’

By Ray Bennett Andy Griffith made his big screen debut in Elia Kazan’s 1957 drama “A Face In The Crowd” as a charismatic media sensation named Lonesome Rhodes who exploits his sudden popularity for political gain. In the second excerpt … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Interviews | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Andy Griffith on why ‘No Time for Sergeants’ cheated

By Ray Bennett Andy Griffith didn’t do a great many interviews but I spent most of the afternoon of March 18, 1986 with him, just the two of us in an otherwise empty dining room at what I seem to … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Interviews, Memory Lane, Television | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment