Q Do you know what was unusual about the cast of the film Days Of Glory? Moira Fleming, Inverness A The 1944 RKO experiment told the tale of Russian peasants fighting invading Nazis. The 19-strong cast were all making their screen debuts. Tamara Toumanova and Alan Reed were two of the stars but only Gregory Peck went on to somewhat better things.
QI loved Hill Street Blues on TV but am I right in thinking that Ed McBain's 87th Precinct stories were on first? Gerald Strachan, Dundee A There were 30, 50-minute episodes of 87th Precinct made in 1961 starring Robert Lansing, Norman Fell and Gregory Walcott. Hill Street Blues, created by Stephen Bochco and Michael Kozoll, ran from 1981-9.
Q What was the movie where Richard Johnson played chess with outsize pieces? Frank Mackay, East Kilbride A It was Deadlier Than The Male (1966).
QI'm a big Eastenders fan and my favourite character is bitchy Janine. Has she always been played by Charlie Brooks? Agnes Forbes, Motherwell A Janine Malloy (nee Butcher, previously Evans) first popped up in 1989. She was played by Rebecca Michael for four years before the role was taken over by Alexia Demetriou from 1993-6. Charlie won the role in 1999 and appeared sporadically before it was made permanent in December 2008.
Q Who was the blonde American big band singer who was popular with the troops during WI. She made a guest appearance in The Glenn Miller Story.
James McCormack, Lumphinnans AI think you mean Frances Langforce (1913-2005). She found fame on radio, mostly alongside Bob Hope and she toured with him entertaining the troops with songs like I'm In The Mood For Love from her 1935 movie Every Night At Eight. …