Author: Bob J

Bob J’s – The rise of the American teen-pic

Ever since the movies learned to talk, but particularly during the 1930s Depression era, Hollywood produced any number of films about problem youngsters – classic productions such as Dead End (1937), Angels with Dirty...

R.I.P. Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas (1916–2020)

Bob J. pays tribute to the last of the great male movie stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age, who has passed away today aged 103. A man drops a few coins into the outstretched hand of a Mexican peon and says, “I’m looking for...

Bob J’s – Vertigo (1958)

When Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo was released in May 1958 it was viewed as just a private-eye murder mystery that infuriated most moviegoers and critics at the time by revealing the “surprise” ending about...

Bob J’s – An American in Paris (1951)

In late 1947, MGM songwriter-producer Arthur Freed attended a live concert at the Hollywood Bowl. He sat mesmerised as the orchestra played George Gershwin’s symphonic composition An American in Paris. During the performance...

Bob J’s – The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Following the enormous success of his multi-award-winning film On the Waterfront (1954), independent producer Sam Spiegel searched long and hard for his next production. He eventually chose The Strange One, with a screenplay by...

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