Wednesday, June 28, 2017
First made as a silent with Gloria Swanson, the stage play "Miss Sadie Thompson" had been a controversial Broadway hit, and young Joan Crawford fought hard to get the coveted role of Sadie. She shed her drawing room manners and designer gowns, researching the part by visiting the red-light district of San Diego to see what the street-walkers of the day looked and sounded like. "Rain" will not be to everyone's liking, but it is a thought-provoking story that should be of interest to anyone who enjoys psychological drama.★★★
Director:Lewis Milestone (uncredited)
Writers:John Colton (play), Clemence Randolph (play) (as C. Randolph)
Stars:Joan Crawford, Walter Huston, Fred Howard
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Yvette Vickers had appeared in Sunset Boulevard (1950) and Attack of the 50 Foot Woman before making a splash as the centerfold in a 1959 issue of Playboy. Hugh Heffner has stated that he was genuinely concerned a major lawsuit would result from Yvette’s bare behind, but nothing materialized. In the years that followed, Yvette bounced from B-movie to B-movie, making appearances on the convention circuit before fading into obscurity.
Those that knew her in her later years say she was paranoid and delusional, ultimately becoming a total recluse. Then, in 2011, a disturbing discovery: Yvette’s mummified remains were found in her apartment – she had been dead for over a year! Yvette lived a full life, but her later years were lonely and sad.
A nervous ad executive (Tommy Smothers) creates havoc on his daughter's wedding day and becomes obsessed with a dream girl (Twiggy) he sees but no one else can.
This is not a great film, but it does have some funny moments. Tom Smothers plays a father who goes off the deep-end. It reminded me of Jimmy Stewart's film Harvey, who was friends with an invisible rabbit. This is one of those movies you can find in the $1.00 ben. The film did not get good reviews but for me it was fun. ★★1/2
Writers:John T. Chapman (play) (as John Chapman), Ray Cooney(play)
Stars:Tom Smothers, Graham Stark, Phil Silvers, Arthur Ballard, Jim Backus, Twiggy