Showbiz Sam; THE MAN IN THE KNOW

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Showbiz Sam; THE MAN IN THE KNOW


I REMEMBER Michael Caine reminiscing about his career and saying he'd been nominated for an Oscar for Educating Rita but lost out. Who actually got the award that year? Margaret Ogilvie, Glasgow. ff He was pipped for the 1983 trophy by Robert Duvall, who scooped Best Actor for his performance as down-and-out singer Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies.

CAN you name the famous film star who was used by Walt Disney Studios as a model for Tinkerbell? John Bailey,Glasgow.ff The fairy in the 1953 Disney movie Peter Pan wasmodelled on Marilyn Monroe. The animated film cost more than $4 million, largely due to Disney filming a live-action version first so that the artists could get some ideas on which to base their drawings.

I'LL be 21 on November 23. Can you please tell me what was at No.1 on that date in 1982? Barry Connolly, Dundee.

ff It was the middle of a three-week run for Guyanaborn singer and instrumentalist Eddy Grant with I Don't Wanna Dance (Ice ICE 56).

WHEN I was young I used to love going to the pictures to watch Laurel and Hardy films. I'm sure I saw one called Babes In Toyland but I've never seen it on TV. Am I wrong in recalling it? D.Byrne, Glasgow. ff The Hal Roach film was released in black and white on November 30, 1934. In thetownof Toyland, Stannie Dum and Ollie Dee lodged with Mother Peep, about to be evicted by a wicked landlord. The film still airs in the US, especially at Christmas, and was seen in the UK until the mid-80s when some copyright problems arose. A new master copy has provided material for video versions (Wooden Soldiers) and it has been computerenhanced to provide a colour version.

PLEASE tell us the name of a film we enjoyed which costarred Glenda Jackson and Walter Matthau. …

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