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The Adventures of Robin Hood – Richard Greene

 RICHARD GREENE – (August 25, 1918 – June 1, 1985)

Born Richard Marius Joseph Greene – English film and television actor.

A matinée idol who appeared in more than 40 films, he was perhaps best known for the lead role in the long-running British TV series The Adventures of Robin Hood, which ran for 143 episodes from 1955 to 1959.

Early life –
Richard Greene of Irish and Scottish ancestry, and was born in Plymouth. He was raised Roman Catholic, attending Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School (Kensington, London), which he left at 18.

His aunt was actress Evie Greene.

His father, Richard Abraham Greene and his mother, Kathleen Gerrard, were both actors with the Plymouth Repertory Theatre. He was the grandson of Richard Bentley Greene and a descendant of four generations of actors.

It has been stated elsewhere that he was the grandson of the inventor William Friese-Greene, (credited by some as the inventor of cinematography) but this was found to be wrong.

He had been married to Patricia Medina and a few years before this, they had both travelled to Hollywood to appear in films – actually she fared better than he did

Richard Greene and his Wife Patricia Medina 1949

The Above is an earlier Picture from February 1949 – Richard Greene and his wife Patricia Medina pack before flying to the USA.

In Hollywood she appeared with Alan Ladd in ‘Botany Bay’ another one of my favourites and I am pretty sure she shared star billing in this.

She travelled backwards and forwards between Hollywood and England and in fact she appeared in this one also with Alan Ladd – ‘The Black Knight’ made at Pinewood Studios

Richard Greene and Patricia Medina were divorced in 1951 – much later in 1959 he married his second wife Beatrice Summers and they had a daughter

He retained an interest in horse racing all his life, and was also a keen and accomplished golfer. He had, in his Hollywood days, been a good friend of David Niven and Errol Flynn

He died at his home in Norfolk in 1985, according to his daughter Patricia. She said he had never fully recovered after being injured in a fall in 1982.

“He still had quite a fan club and was receiving letters requesting signed pictures,”

He had been a big star in Hollywood before the War appearing in more than 40 films, including “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” “Forever Amber” and “My Lucky Star” but like so many careers at that time, it was damaged by those years away – he came back and made quite a few films but they were never that successful until be hit the jackpot as Robin Hood – a part he seemed born to play – he fitted the role so well.

That went ‘big’ in England and America and was the first Television series made in England to take the USA by storm which it un-doubtedly did..

Richard Greene was born in Plymouth, the son of an actor and actress. He joined a repertory company in his teens and at 20 was discovered by producers at 20th Century Fox studios, who described his looks as combining the features of Tyrone Power and Robert Taylor.

Richard Greene in great form as Robin Hood

Richard Greene in great form as Robin Hood tis time with his trusty bow and arrow

ABOVE and BELOW : The famous quarter staff fight with Little John – Not that well done here really I thought but looks better in colour

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More Double Bill Film Posters

As anyone reading the articles I post on this site will know, I am a real fan of this type of Poster. These Double Bills were often when a re-run of the films came round – I suppose we were getting a real bonus – I always thought that was true !

These are good examples BELOW – but cheating a little, as they are not all from the Fifties as everyone will know

I watched quite a lot of ‘She’ a few weeks ago and liked it

Double Bill

ABOVE – ‘Scars of Dracula’ was one of the later ones from Hammer and I do know ‘The Horror of Frankenstein’ was from 1970 and had the very last film appearance of Joan Rice who played the part of the wife of Dennis Price. Both of these actors had seen better days career-wise. Dennis Price had been a very big star of the late forties and early fifties and was a very fine actor. His key role in ‘Kind Hearts and Coronets’ was nothing shore of brilliant. He had the misfortune to pick – or was given – some pretty poor films after that.

ABOVE – Both films from 1957 = both American films and released together in the USA on this Double Bill. Beverley Garland was in ‘Not of this Earth’ – I remember her for one of the Bomba films. Coincidentally on this programme in ‘Attack of the Crab Monsters’ the leading man was Richard Garland.

Reading more about him he and Beverley were married in 1951 but divorced in 1953 but they both continued their acting careers and were in films paired together here

ABOVE – Not really a Double Bill but I really like ‘The Maze’ apparently filmed originally in 3D

ABOVE – Oliver Reed in an early film

and BELOW :A Very good Double Bill here. These two films were very well made and anyone seeing them on the same bill would get plenty for their money

Double Bill

ABOVE – ‘The Evil of Frankenstein’ with an unusual and very interesting film ‘Nightmare’ – a good storyline :-


When was an eleven year-old child, Janet witnessed her insane mother stabbing her father to death on their bed. Six years later, Janet (Jennie Linden) is a wealthy teenager outcast in a boarding school afflicted by dreadful nightmares and fearing to have inherited her mother´s insanity.

After a series of nightmares, her teacher Mary Lewis (Brenda Bruce) brings Janet home and she is welcomed by the family chauffeur John (George A. Cooper), by his wife and housekeeper Mrs. Gibbs (Irene Richmond) and by the beautiful nurse Grace Maddox (Moira Redmond), who was hired as a companion by her guardian Henry Baxter (David Knight).

However Janet continues to have nightmares with a woman (Clytie Jessop) with a scar on her face and wearing a white shroud wandering in the house and stabbed on her parents´ bed. After trying to commit suicide, two doctors and Henry summon Janet to the living room to decide whether she should go to an asylum.

When Henry brings his wife to the room, Janet sees the woman with scar and stabs her to death. She is sent to an institution and soon a diabolical plot is disclosed.

“Nightmare” is an underrated and unknown thriller by Hammer, with a great story of greed and insanity.

Jennie Linden was a late replacement for Julie Christie who had a better film offer.

ABOVE – Not so much a ‘Double Bill’ but What a Line-up

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James Stewart with his Horse

Actor JAMES STEWART explains his love of the Horse his co-star he rode for 22 years in a number of Westerns.

“The horse [Pie] was amazing. I rode him for 22 years. I never was able to buy him because he was owned by a little girl by the name of Stevie Myers, who is the daughter of an old wrangler who used to wrangle horses for Tom Mix and W.S. Hart. He retired and he gave this horse to her. He [Pie, the horse] was a sort of a maverick. He hurt a couple of people. I saw [Pie] when I started making Westerns.

Audie Murphy rode him a couple of times. He nearly killed Glenn Ford, ran right into a tree But I liked this darned little horse. He was a little bit small. I got to know him like a friend. I actually believed that he understood about making pictures. I ran at a full gallop, straight towards the camera, pulled him up and then did a lot of dialogue and he stood absolutely still. He never moved. He knew when the camera would start rolling and I always knew that because his ears would come up.

Robert Mitchum’s daughter, a horse enthusiast and the author of “Hollywood Hoofbeats” told this story:-

“James Stewart rode Pie in 17 westerns. They became so attuned to each other that in one film, “The Far Country,” Stewart had developed such a rapport with him that he was able to get the horse to do something even when the trainer was not around.

They were on this location. The trainer wasn’t on the set and the horse needed to walk from one end of a street to another with no ropes on him or anything. James Stewart just went up to him, whispered in his ear and told him what he needed him to do – and the horse did it.

Everyone on the set was absolutely amazed, and James Stewart just said, that was Pie. That’s what he did.

He had an incredible bond with the horse.

“Beyond the work Pie did with James Stewart, on film he was also ridden by Kirk Douglas, Audie Murphy, Glenn Ford and more than likely, a number of other actors.

There is no exact count of the number of films in which this little quarter horse appeared.

James Stewart refers above to the horse having nearly killed Glenn Ford when they ran into a tree. I am pretty sure that would be when, in ‘The Man from the Alamo’, Glenn suffered three broken ribs and production was held up for three weeks until he recovered

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Saboteur 1942 – Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock’s film Saboteur is one of my favourites – certainly of all the films he directed I think that I enjoy this one the most of all.

It had a wonderful climax at the top of the Statue of Liberty which was brilliantly done and on first seeing the film, I could barely dare to look at the screen

It’s a Hitchcock film I like as it takes us on a roller coaster ride across the USA and back to New York Harbour – as this final scene sequence shows when the hero Robert Cummings and villain Fry played by Norman Lloyd climb out onto the torch of the Statue of Liberty. In this sequence  how varied the shots are. We don’t just get a shot of the statue followed by close-ups of the action, we get this complex series of Matte shots – see below

Maybe this is why I find myself drawn to the sequence – in that it is so unusual and original with shots cut in from every angle.




I had not realised how the Statue of Liberty had been made or even the date but this gives us something of an insight – it was coming across these pictures that made me immediately think of ‘Saboteur’

A rare look at the statue as it was being built before getting carefully shipped and pieced together on it’s pedestal. Picture it is stated is from in 1884

This photo was taken in 1885 – very rare photograph

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Smell O Vision

Possibly the most bizarre film gimmick involved film screenings enhanced with specific smells. “AromaRama” made its big-screen debut in 1959 with Carlo Lizzani’s “Behind the Great Wall,” using the cinema’s air conditioning system to disperse scents through the auditorium.

ABOVE: producer Mike Todd, Jr. and inventor Hans Lube display the “Smell-O-Vision” “Scent of Mystery” perfume apparatus

Only a few weeks later, producer Mike Todd, Jr.’s “Smell-O-Vision” premiered with the film “Scent of Mystery.” Todd’s system relied on a network of pipes connected to vents beneath the seats that would release perfumes at specific points during a screening. Both gimmicks were spectacular critical and popular flops, as audiences found they merely distracted from the viewing experience.

One contributor on a Film Site commented :

I was at the premiere in Hollywood (1960) –

Didn’t know what to expect .. but the pipe tobacco and peach smells (among SEVERAL more) were astounding! Each time you smelled the perfume… you KNEW something bad was going to happen! ..

I don’t know how they did it, maybe a hose or fan mounted on the seat in front of you, but when the scene changed, the smell did too !!

If I remember correctly, the program LISTED all the smells you would encounter during the film

ABOVE: A poster for “Scent of Mystery ”

One interesting comment from someone around at the time :-

“I’ve never even heard of anyone trying to re-create this. The problem is, how do you get the smells out once they’re in the cinema.

Many years later in 1981 John Waters did revive the scented film with “Polyester,” this time with “Odorama” whihc was supposed to have improved the original idea by giving audience members scratch-and-sniff cards numbered by scene. That seems even more bizarre to me


Smell-O-Vision was a way to add smell to television — so said the BBC in a 1965 April Fool’s Day report. The broadcaster pranked television audiences in England by claiming that they’d perfected Smell-O-Vision — and as ridiculous as this sounds it had been done a few years before

Like Percepto! before it, Smell-O-Vision was a short lived concept that never took off and it remains one of the strangest cinematic gimmicks that’s ever been dreamed up.

“Percepto!”. A $1,000 life insurance policy against “Death by Fright” for Macabre (1958) and sent a skeleton out  above the audiences’ heads in the Cinema  in House on Haunted Hill (1959).


“Percepto!” was a gimmick where William Castle attached electrical “buzzers” to the underside of some seats in cinemas where The Tingler was screened.

The Tingler in Perecpto

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Glenn Ford – The Man from the Alamo 1953

Glenn Ford (1 May 1916 – 30 August 2006)

Glenn Ford made his film debut in the 1939 drama Heaven With a Barbed Wire Fence. It is a wonder that, after this, Glenn continued with his career. The film’s director, Ricardo Cortez, bullied Ford the whole time. The harassment culminated in a mortifying incident where Cortez dressed Ford down in front of the whole crew, telling him that he was a bad actor and that he wished he’d never hired him.

Glenn Ford neither forgave nor forgot the incident.

Glenn Ford later met actress Eleanor Powell when he went on a cross-country 12-city tour to sell war bonds for Army and Navy Relief as the United States entered World War II. He soon proposed to her and they married in 1943. Their son named Peter Ford (later become singer and actor) was born on February 5, 1945. The couple appeared together in the 1950s film Have Faith in Our Children and eventually divorced in 1959.

According to Ford’s son, he had a decades long love affair with his famous co-star Rita Hayworth, that began during the filming of Gilda in 1945.

He has appeared in five films with Rita Hayworth: Affair in Trinidad (1952), The Lady in Question (1940), The Loves of Carmen (1948), The Money Trap (1965) and Gilda (1946).

He had intended to portray Hondo Lane in Hondo (1953), but backed out when John Farrow was chosen to direct. Ford and Farrow did not get on – while making Plunder of the Sun (1953), causing Ford to lose interest in the role. The role was subsequently portrayed by John Wayne.

One bit of useless information – He is credited with being the fastest “gun” in Hollywood westerns, able to draw and fire in 0.4 seconds, he was faster than James Arness (Matt Dillon of “Gunsmoke” (1955)) and John Wayne. Well he did star in the excellent ‘The Fastest Gun Aiive’

Despite his illustrious career in films that spanned more than 50 years, he was never nominated for an Oscar.

Glenn Ford – The Man from the Alamo

Directed by Budd Boetticher

Cast: Glenn Ford (John Stroud), Julie Adams (Beth Anders), Chill Wills (John Gage), Hugh O’Brian (Lt. Lamar), Victor Jory (Jess Wade), Neville Brand (Dawes), John Day (Cavish), Myra Marsh (Ma Anders), Jeanne Cooper (Kate Lamar), Mark Cavell (Carlos), Edward Norris (Mapes), Guy Williams (Sergeant)


Budd Boetticher made some terrific pictures and  The Man From The Alamo (1953) is one of the best. It’s a film filled with action — from the attack on the Alamo to a number of fist fights to the climactic wagon train scenes. It’s all handled perfectly.

The actual filming seemed to be plagued by injuries, it’s easy to see why. I think I have read that Glenn Ford broke three ribs and the filming was halted for three weeks or so

John Stroud (Glenn Ford) is the one man who left the Alamo after Travis wrongly labelled him as a coward.

Stroud sees the chance to help other families make their way to safety as a way to clear his name — and get his revenge on Wade (Victor Jory), the leader of a band of mercenaries

Glenn Ford does a good job here as a man who’s lost everything, even his good name.

Victor Jory is Wade, the soldier responsible for the death of Ford’s family. Jory proves to be a great baddie – he’s at his absolute best in this film

Julie Adams is so beautiful in Russell Metty’s Technicolor — she was perfect for Universal International’s bright, colourful Westerns of the 50s.

The Technicolor here is incredible.

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Home at Seven – 1952

Ralph Richardson stars and also directs this intriguing drama abot a Bank employee who goes missing for 24 hours and finds himself in deep trouble for the theft of money from a social club and maybe even murder. In this film, and in his next one he would be joined by Margaret Leighton playing his wife whereas in the very next film ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ she plays his daughter

They very often appeared together on stage – where in fact, they were both at their best.

Another slice of news if true, is that Alexander Korda directed the film then handed over the credit to Ralph Richardson giving him his only directorial job in films.

Must have been the American Release title ABOVR

Jack Hawkins plays a Doctor who is a good friend of the couple BELOW

This is really a simple story that depicts a short period in the life of a middle-class couple in post-war England whose routine is suddenly disrupted by the memory lapse of the husband.

The story is brought to life by the acting of the three main actors – Richarson and Margaret Leighton as the couple and the doctor, Jack Hawkins.

Ralph Richardson plays the dutiful husband who is stricken with an anxiety attack that causes him to relive his days in conflict to such an extent that when this mental episode is over, he cannot remember what happened for a full 24-hour period.

Husband and wife are at a loss to know what to do and and so they turn to their friend and family doctor played by Jack Hawkins. He is sympathetic and not too worried but eager to find out the source of the problem.

To complicate things a theft and murder has occurred and it seems to implicate the husband – so the couple fear. Everything seems to point to him being involved – it all seems to fit

These are two decent people who are frightened as to what might happen to them – they fear the worse and to us watching the film, it all looks ominous

Ralph Richardson walks past this scene – seeing the police drag the river for a body – and he thinks it could be the body of a man that he may have murdered while enduring a 24 hour loss of memory

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Colonel March – with Josephine Douglas

Just over a week ago on Talking Pictures Television, we had another episode of ‘Colonel March’ with Boris Karloff. I have to say that we have watched all the episodes to date. After a pretty poor start these stories got progressively worse but the last two or three have been pretty good.

“The Stolen Crime” begins with Peter Ridgway (Glyn Houston) asking Inspector Ames (Ewan Roberts) to arrest him for plotting the perfect murder of his wealthy wife.

At that point in the story, she is not actually dead, and when she does die within a few days, her death is put down to natural causes.

It doesn’t take long for Colonel March and Ames to travel to the house and get to the bottom of things but things are never quite what they seem to be

Josephine Douglas at that time a young actress, was in this one. Later we would see her presenting ‘Six Five Special’ along with Peter Murray. She was also a presenter, producer and director in Television. This episode was her last acting role – she obviously had a talent in many other areas of entertainment and pursued those

All the pictures below are of Josephine Douglas taken from the film

ABOVE – Josephine Douglas who according to various web sites was born Josephine Reckitt in Dewsbury West Yorkshire in 1926 – same year as The Queen.

However, without being totally sure, I think that her surname could have been Rickett or Ricketts. Quite a number of years ago when I had just started work, there was a person among the many employees called Ricketts and I do remember him and his wife attending the wedding of his cousin who would be Josephine and a picture appeared in the local newspaper at the time.

However that gives me another reason to query the Online Records because this would have been 1960 or 1961 maybe and yet her marriages are shown as before this.

Is there anyone out there that could shed some light on this please

I am sure that many would remember Josephine Douglas presenting ‘Six Five Special’

I have come across this BELOW which confirms that her real name was ‘Rickett’ as I thought :-

Josephine Douglas was born on October 6, 1926 in Earlsheaton, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England as Josephine Rickett. She was a producer and director, known for The Arthur Askey Show (1961), Love Story (1963) and Virgin of the Secret Service (1968). She was married to Christopher Doll and Pouton, Douglas.

She died on July 12, 1988 in Slinfold, Sussex, England. She was only 62.

I am pleased to have seen her starring alongside Boris Karloff in the last of her acting roles and also noting that her very first film part was in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Stage Fright’ in 1950,

I hope this article on Josephine Douglas helps brings her back in the memory of many people who remember her – as I do

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