Best movie trivia of 1958

The Vikings picture

Trivia: The three Viking ships in the film were designed using blueprints for an actual Viking ship salvaged from the water and restored by a Viking museum in Norway. It turned out that the boats built for the film were too accurate, because the modern actors were taller than their historical counterparts. Every second oar hole had to be plugged so the modern men would have room to row with a full oar stroke. Otherwise, they would hit the backs of the oarsmen seated in front of them when pushing the oar handles forward to start each new stroke.

Add time

South Pacific picture

Trivia: Director Joshua Logan originally wanted Elizabeth Taylor to play Nellie.

Add time

Vertigo picture

Trivia: Alfred Hitchcock appears 11 mins into the film walking past the building James Stewart is about to enter.

Add time

James Warrender
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof picture

Trivia: Brick's (Paul Newman) latent homosexuality seems to be purposely avoided in the movie's screenplay, as opposed to the original Williams play. Probably so as not to offend sensitive 50's audiences. Modern audiences will more than likely pick up the signs and wonder '...is he?'.

Add time

Ice Cold In Alex picture

Trivia: The Ice Cold in Alex refers to an Ice Cold Carlsberg lager when they reach their destination - the final scene, where they get their ice cold lager was later used by Carlsberg in an advertising campaign.

Add time

Jeff Walker
Dracula picture

Trivia: Christopher Lee only has 13 lines of dialogue in the movie.

Add time

Carry on Sergeant picture

Trivia: Martin Wyldeck plays Mr. Sage, the father of Charlie Sage (Bob Monkhouse). In real life, Wyldeck was only fourteen years older than Monkhouse.

Add time

The Old Man and the Sea picture

Trivia: For close-ups of the giant marlin swimming near the skiff, Warner Brothers committed to building a giant, realistic, mechanical marlin with moving fins and tail, which was going to be deployed in actual open-ocean shots. Unfortunately, the first time it was lowered into Gulf Stream waters off the coast of Cuba, the elaborate mechanical marlin immediately sank and was never seen again. Thereafter, they used the much-less-realistic static marlin model that bobbed on the surface like a cork in a sound stage water tank (arguably the weakest scenes in the film).

Add time

The Big Country picture

Trivia: Burl Ives plays Rufus Hannassey, the father of Buck Hannassey (Chuck Connors). In real life, Ives was only 11 years older than Connors.

Add time

Separate Tables picture

Trivia: David Niven won the Best Actor Academy Award for his role of Major Angus Pollock, even though he had only 16 minutes of screen time.

Add time

Trivia: Dave Barry voices Elmer Fudd in this cartoon as Arthur Q. Bryan was ill during production.

Add time

Tot Watchers picture

Trivia: The final Tom and Jerry theatrical cartoon produced or directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera.

Add time

Knighty Knight Bugs picture

Trivia: The only Bugs Bunny cartoon to win an Academy Award.

Add time

Share

Follow

Join the mailing list