An American Abroad: 4th Installment of Bob Taylor’s Report from Rome

This article is from Screen Guide magazine, 1950.

This latest of Bob Taylor’s reports to Screen Guide readers brings us the exciting news that Metro is now filming some of the most important  scenes of Quo Vadis.  So Bob Taylor armed himself with his trusty Rolleiflex camera to bring to bring you this pictorial report of the sets, scenes and stars he snapped on location.  Instead of a long written report Bob’s done it all with pictures but we’ve included his caption comments, too.

Shooting these pictures was not the  easy task one might imagine, for while Bob was busily snapping away between scenes he was laden down with the weighty Roman armor he wears in the film!  And many times he had to climb up to some precarious perch to attain the desired angle for shooting a picture for our readers.

Still awed by the pomp and ceremony of the Roman era on which the sets are based, Bob couldn’t resist bringing Screen Guide readers photos of the costumes and spectacular sets used in Quo Vadis.  He snapped the circus  of Nero set, too, where Christians of that day were tortured before being put to death.  More than 6,000 Italian extras were employed to appear in this big scene and Bob tells us that the lions, fighting bulls and cheetahs were actually imported from Africa and especially trained for their roles in the Metro picture.

Although production on the film is now a week ahead of schedule and filming is exciting, Bob is anxious to come home.

The photos:

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I became a Robert Taylor fan at the age of 15 when his TV show, "The Detectives" premiered. My mother wanted to watch it because she remembered Mr. Taylor from the thirties. I took one look and that was it. I spent the rest of my high school career watching Robert Taylor movies on late night TV, buying photos of him, making scrapbooks and being a typical teenager. College, marriage and career intervened. I remember being sad when Mr. Taylor died. I mailed two huge scrapbooks to Ursula Thiess. I hope she got them. Time passed, retirement, moving to Florida. Then in 2012 my husband Fred pointed that there were two Robert Taylor movies that evening on Turner Classic Movies--"Ivanhoe" and "Quentin Durward." I watched both and it happened all over again. I started this blog both for fans and for people who didn't know about Robert Taylor. As the blog passes 200,000 views I'm delighted that so many people have come by and hope it will help preserve the legacy of this fine actor and equally good man.
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8 Responses to An American Abroad: 4th Installment of Bob Taylor’s Report from Rome

  1. WOW!!! Love it! the photos #RobertTaylor… thank u Judith…


  2. Christian Colaizzo says:

    Please, could you let me know the number of the magazine you posted the article about QUO VADIS from? Thank you!


  3. giraffe44 says:

    I’m sory, Christian, but I generally don’t know the number or dates of the magazines. When I do have the information, I always include it. Judith


  4. Christian Colaizzo says:

    Hi Judith! May thanks for the answer! But, how do you get the images? And what about the article written by Mann Baer, Budy Baer’s wife, do you know the name of the magazine?
    Best regards!


  5. giraffe44 says:

    I wish I could help you, Christian. I buy these articles on EBay. Often there is no identifying information about the source. If there is, I always include it. The images either come from the magazine or from my files. Judith


  6. Christian Colaizzo says:

    Thank you very much for your answer! The best 2021 for you and yours!


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