Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Fun Finds: 1958 TV Radio Mirror Magazine

Hello, my loves. Sunday, August 24th marked the fifth birthday of Poseidon's Underworld and I had hoped to mark the occasion with a special post, but unfortunately life got in the way. Instead I give you a lesser offering, another one of my infamous “Fun Finds,” this time a 1958 issue of TV-Radio Mirror magazine. Retrieved from oblivion at an antique mall in Dayton, Ohio, this periodical is notable in that the cover (practically exclusively) features the face of legendary game show host Bill Cullen. Popular as he was, he doesn't seem like your standard cover boy material to me, though it's interesting to see him in color during a time when he existed in black & white on the television airwaves. (These remaining pages may need to be viewed in a new tab or window for maximum clarity.)

This page may be amusing to some of you for the menstrual cramp product Midol, which seems to be able to not only cure the pain, but bring one's sexual orientation into question? (Just kidding... I know that's not what “gay” meant back then.)
Here we learn the scoop on some recently released 1958 movies, Me and the Colonel with Danny Kaye (which would later inspire a short-lived Broadway musical called The Grand Tour with Joel Grey and with music by Jerry Herman), Wind Across the Everglades (the cinematic debut of Christopher Plummer) and The Badlanders (with Ernest Borgnine, during which he, still married, met Katy Jurado and began a relationship that would lead to marriage the following year.)
“East Coast News” serves up photos of Jackie Gleason and Julie Harris (who was partaking in the TV project Johnny Belinda.) Johnny Belinda (1948), for which Jane Wyman won an Oscar, was redone for television twice in 1955 (with Betta St. John and Katharine Bard), then this time, then again in 1967 with Mia Farrow and again in 1982 with Rosanna Arquette, along with a few foreign versions. My apologies for the annoying level of pixilation in some of these scans...
This page shows us The Brady Bunch's Florence Henderson as Meg in a TV rendition of another oft-filmed property Little Women (with Jeannie Carson, Zina Bethune and Margaret O'Brien as the other sisters. O'Brien was still playing Beth, having already done so nine years prior in the June Allyson feature film!)
For “What's New on the West Coast,” we see a picture of Maurice Chevalier and one of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, co-founders of Desilu Studios, and who would unfortunately be divorced within two years.
Then we see Erin O'Brien-Moore (who I thought was Dana Wynter!) and Keith Larsen, who was then costarring on Northwest Passage, a French & Indian War-set drama that only lasted for one season. The article refers to Larsen and his costar Don Burnett as bachelors, though Burnett would soon marry the troubled Gia Scala while Larsen wed Vera Miles in 1960. Burnett later wed Ironside's Barbara Anderson in 1971 and they are still together today while Larsen's third marriage in 1983 lasted until his death in 2006. Finally, there's a shot of young Charles Bronson from his 1958-1960 series Man with a Camera.
The words “rip-roaring” and “Lawrence Welk” were seldom used together, but here we see them as he and his band throw a large picnic shindig.
As clean and wholesome as these photos are, we all know that every single person in attendance got drunk and then fled into the woods to get naked. Ha!
Now we get to see the mother-daughter relationship between Ann Sothern and Tisha Sterling as it progressed though the years. I love the way Ann looks in the lower left-hand photo.
Tisha looks so pretty in the shot below. She undertook a sporadic acting career on TV and in movies (such as Coogan's Bluff, 1968, and Norwood,1971), later playing a younger version of her mother's character in The Whales of August (1987), which was Sothern's only Oscar nomination (Olympia Dukakis took home the award for Moonstruck.)
I'm including quite a bit of the Bill Cullen feature because I know some of my loyal readers are fans of classic game shows and Cullen is a fixture of the TV game show.
Cullen often mentioned his wife Ann while hosting shows such as Blockbusters or Child's Play, though she was actually his third wife! He'd been wed once briefly in his hometown of Pittsburgh, then to a singer named Carol Ames, and finally dancer-model Ann Macomber.
Look how pretty Betsy Palmer is in the group shot from Cullen's hit show I've Got a Secret.
Everything indicates that Bill's wife was “Ann” and yet she's referred to as “Anne” throughout the article!
I can remember watching I Dream of Jeannie in reruns as a child and being surprised to learn later that the imposing Blue Djinn of one episode (played by Michael Ansara) was Barbara Eden's real-life husband. He guest-starred on the show three times in all, though as a different character on each occasion. Here we get a glimpse of their domestic life while she was starring on the TV version of How to Marry a Millionaire. Her character on the show was a sort of hybrid of the ones portrayed by Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 film.
The Ansaras seemed as if they were going to last as a couple, but they divorced in 1974. Eden had undergone a harrowing pregnancy in which she knew ahead of time that it would be a stillbirth. She is currently wed to a third husband and has been so since 1991. Fans of hers are sure to enjoy this color portrait of the actress still in her early years of TV stardom!
I don't know where I've been, but I had never heard of Jack Linkletter before this next article. I had to look him up! Obviously, I am familiar with Art Linkletter, who hosted many programs during TV's early days and beyond, but I wasn't familiar with his son (profiled here along with his young wife.)
Toothy and with an elongated face not unlike the Van Dyke boys, Jerry and Dick, he was nonetheless a handsome fellow.
The article continues to dwell on the new marriage and the career of Jack (as well that that of his famous father, shown interviewing a Miss America, Marilyn Van Derbur, who is the one right before Miss Mary Ann Mobley.) It's unclear just when, but this marriage ended after three children. He rewed in 1993 to a woman who was with him until his death in 2007.
Jack provides some welcome beefcake (almost Richard Chamberlain-like) in the accompanying photo spread.
After looking him up, I just had to share some of these other portraits of him not found in the magazine. He's rather dreamy, don't you think?!
Furbies will undoubtedly love his arms in this final shot:
Classic daytime drama fans might enjoy this profile of Ann Flood, a Broadway musical performer-turned TV actress. At this time, she was newly engaged to a network executive and was just beginning a star turn on the soap opera From These Roots (1958-1961.) Later, she would enjoy a long run on Edge of Night (1961-1983.)
It may interest you to know that Ann Flood is still married today to the same man, as she closes in on eighty years of age. She's seen below in a portrait that shows off her trademark mane of red hair.
Now we come to the delicious young costar of Lawman (the title role played by tall and lean John Russell), Peter Brown. Brown has his own Underworld profile here.
In the article, he discusses how he landed his Lawman (1958-1962) role and we meet his fiancee, actress Diane Jurgens.
This marriage between the youngsters (he was twenty-one and she was twenty-two) ran into trouble within months and they soon separated. Various attempts at reconciliation continued until finally they split for good in 1960. He married four more times, the last one in 2008 still going.
This color portrait of young Brown was a real treat to find inside the magazine!
I can't say I know much about television (and sometimes movie) hairstylist Ernest Adler, but I figured that fans of 1950s performers might enjoy seeing him do them up. Adler was also a prolific Broadway hair designer, fulfilling that task on many high-profile shows from the early-'50s through the early-'70s.
He shares his views on hairstyling (with advice for Mamie Eisenhower and Anna Magnani) as we see him getting to work on Gisele MacKenzie, Faye Emerson and Patti Page.
Do you know Hoby Gilman?
You probably will when I explain that Hoby Gilman was the name of a character played by Robert Culp (later to find fame on I Spy and in many movies) on Trackdown (1957-1999.) At the time of this profile, he was married to Nancy Asch, whose matrimony to him led her to be known as Nancy Culp (not to be confused with The Beverly Hillbillies' Nancy Kulp!)
Culp went on to father four children with this, his second, wife, but like Peter Brown he was wed five times in all and it was the fifth one that stuck.
We also get a tad more beefcake as Culp poses in some trim trunks. By the way, Nancy never was able to get much of a foothold as an actress. She did one of Culp's Trackdown episodes and just a little bit beyond that. Perhaps being a perennially-pregnant mother of four didn't help that cause!
Finally, we come to Darren McGavin, who was at this time playing Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer in an early TV incarnation (an '80s rendition starred Stacy Keach.) The well-regarded, but violent and ahead of its time, series had 78 episodes and was syndicated.
Like so many marriages in Tinseltown, the happy one depicted here began to fall apart around 1966 after more than two decades and four children. McGavin finally divorced Melanie in 1969 and soon married actress Kathie Browne, who he worked with in several TV projects and would again as the years went on. They remained wed until her death in 2003 while McGavin passed away in 2006.

The back-inside cover of this magazine features a striking color photo as part of an ad for Modess, a feminine hygiene product, though only those already familiar with it would know since this picture and the two words below it complete the entire advertisement! I figured some of my pals who appreciate old-style glitz would enjoy this glamorous portrait (though I wonder about the streaks of red around a white rectangle in the background for a sanitary napkin promotion! Ha!) Till next time!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Focusing on Material Things

Nearly five years ago (yes, Poseidon's Underworld's fifth birthday is just around the corner on August 24th!) one of my very first posts concerned the gossamer dress that Faye Dunaway wore in The Towering Inferno (1974.) For, literally, forty years, I have been obsessed with her in that dress! I just never got over my love for the layers of chiffon blowing and billowing in the windy conditions of the top of The Glass Tower. Today, I'm going to toss out a few more pictures of her in the gown along with some other gowns and negligees that have caught my eye in the meantime.
The cast of Inferno was stellar and sprawling (though in retrospect, the presence of O.J. Simpson in a key supporting role grates a bit.) Some of the cast had to practically fight for attention against the fiery pyrotechnics (costar Paul Newman announced that the star of the picture was "that damn fire") and a few (like Robert Vaughn in an almost blink-and-you'll-miss-it role) lost out. Dunaway at least, despite some severe editing and few lines to deliver, still made an impression with her dramatic looks.

At times she seemed to be floating around rather than merely walking.
Just take a look at her incredible chin line in this photo with Newman.
By the time they start knocking windows out and taking ladies up to the rooftop, the dress is getting quite a workout.
Later, a bedraggled Dunaway shared a memorable clinch with her man before entering the uncertainty of a disabled glass elevator.
Her skull-like visage on the way down seems to foreshadow that it may not be an exactly uneventful ride...
Several years prior to Inferno, Dunaway had enjoyed a successful role in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) opposite Inferno's other male lead Steve McQueen and in a dress of vaguely similar material and color (if not length.)
Things came full circle in a way when, in 1998, Dunaway arrived at the 70th annual Oscar ceremony wearing a beautiful taupe chiffon concoction that seemed as if it was tailor-made to make my night! We don't want to discuss the sounds I made when she appeared on the red carpet...
On the arm of her handsome son, Liam, she was there as part of the first "Oscar's Family Album," in which a passel of stars were collected and arranged on stage for a commemoration. That night, her hair and clothing all just "worked," something that hasn't always been the case in years since.
If my love of chiffon was born in a movie theater in 1974, it was solidified a couple of years later when The Poseidon Adventure (1972) was shown on TV for the first time and I saw more of it, this time underwater (and trust me, in Shelley Winters' case there was plenty!!  LOL)
When I was a tyke, over-the-top chiffon dresses like this one enveloping Dolores Del Rio were eye-boggling objects of fascination and fantasy.
Later, I found that I appreciated simpler, sleeker styles (such as the one Suzy Parker is modeling here) as much or more as the cotton candy confections.
Here, we glimpse Marilyn Maxwell gauzing it up.
Merle Oberon offers us some sheer brilliance.
Maureen O'Sullivan provides waves of wonder.
Bette Davis takes a break from the heavier, darker gowns that she typically favored in order to show off this lighter creation.
This is an uncharacteristically slinky portrait of Greer Garson, who more often leaned towards covered-up ensembles with little skin showing.
Kathryn Grayson unveils a bedazzled number in this scene from The Desert Song (1953.)
This shot wouldn't have been out of place in my tribute to headpieces a couple of years back!
Miss Marilyn Monroe allows her legs to play peek-a-boo.
Inger Stevens poses with a billowing scarf in front of a fan.
I dearly love (for reasons which ought to be obvious!) this shot of Miss Lana Turner from The Rains of Ranchipur (1955.)
Chiffon in motion is provided by Kim Novak (with costar Jeff Chandler) in 1957's Jeanne Eagels.
How could I not love Marlene Dietrich practically catering to my fantasies in wafting chiffon?
Even better in black and wind-blown!
Bewitched's Elizabeth Montgomery is irresistible in this satin, chiffon and feathered lingerie ensemble.
Carroll Baker slinked around in a succession of movies from The Carpetbaggers (1964) to Sylvia (1965, seen here) to Harlow (also 1965.)
Yugoslavian actress Sylva Koscina twists and twirls a sheer negligee.
Sophia Loren almost distracts us from the fact that her sleeves are chiffon in this photo from Arabesque (1966.)
Sharon Tate models a dress for Valley of the Dolls (1967) that didn't wind up making it into the finished picture.
I don't believe this one made the grade either, but it's been a while since I've headed to the Valley.
Another life-changing moment came in The Ambushers (1967) when I was confronted with the triple-whammy of Senta Berger in patterned chiffon, oversized earrings (possibly the understatement of the century!) and an up 'do. Do yourself a favor and check her out in this if you ever get the chance!
A rapturously beautiful Stella Stevens radiates in a Moss Mabry gown from 1968's How to Save a Marraige and Ruin Your Life.
1977's Fun with Dick and Jane featured Jane Fonda in a deliberately overdone chiffon creation.
Years earlier, Miss Jane had posed under a bolt of chiffon with little or nothing else!
In 1978, Fonda costarred in California Suite, but this time it was Maggie Smith who was swathed in layers of floating chiffon.
Playing an actress fretfully facing down a night at the Oscars (and a husband, Michael Caine, with an eye for the boys), Smith herself needn't have worried. She won an Oscar herself for playing an Oscar candidate!
We now segue into The Diahann Carroll Wing for a quartet of pictures featuring her in various flowing gowns. First, she works this white number against an industrial setting.
Next we see her draping one of her dresses for a publicity shot.
She's gone all tropical for this hooty portrait.
Finally, in front of something that could only have occurred in the '70s, she belts out a number while decked out in layers of chiffon.
From there we enter The Joan Crawford Wing. Joan shows off a sizable train of bejeweled chiffon in this shot.
In this one, she lets her figure take center stage underneath the glitz.
A few years later, she is still utilizing the softly draping fabric to enhance a publicity portrait.
1949's Flamingo Road has her working as a cooch dancer in a carnival (and demonstrating the leg line that would become legendarily amusing in Torch Song a couple of years later in 1953.)
She was still working the chiffon in the late-1950s such as when she picked up this bolt of it and began to pose for some photos during an interview/shoot.
Then there is a nemesis of Joan's, Loretta Young, who dearly loved to gussy up in all sorts of frills, folds, ruffles and drapes, with chiffon part of the picture in several cases.
I'm not exactly a huge fan of Young's though I could never truly dislike anyone who had so much fun whirling in to host her popular television series The Loretta Young Show (1953-1961) decked out in one gown after another (many designed by Jean Louis, who she married in later life!)
I find that I especially like her in her middle-to-later years when an elegant serenity seemed to land over each photograph.
One can almost see her taking on the Jennifer Jones part in Inferno, had Jones opted not to take the role. Young hadn't made a film in twenty years by that time, though, and had exited the small screen a decade before as well, making a surprise return in the mid-to-late-'80s with two TV movies.
Probably my second favorite dress in this category after Faye's is the blue chiffon one that Grace Kelly wears in To Catch a Thief (1955.) Designed by Edith Head, the color perfectly compliments Kelly's coloring and gives her a regal air even before she became a princess in real life.
Just as lovely is the while sleeveless one she wears in the same movie, which is pitched to showcase the amazing jewelry around her neck, yet still has a wonderfully flowing bottom.
Also, I can't forget Capucine in Walk on the Wild Side (1960), whose goddess-y look seems to have inspired Towering Inferno designer Paul Zastupnevich when it came to Faye Dunaway.
Capucine's dress was by Pierre Balmain and she had modeled for him previously such as in this vintage shot with fabric flowing.
We don't see that much chiffon these days outside of bridesmaids' dresses. Sadly, most weddings don't have an accompanying wind machine to really play up the look properly...
Sometimes in a celebrity fashion show we'll get a welcome shot of some chiffon such as this occasion when our girl Joan Collins made her presence known on the runway.
(Of course Joan is sort of recalling Audrey Hepburn's triumphal gestures from 1957's Funny Face, but if you're gonna steal, steal from the best, right?!)
All any starlet has to do to get on my good side is show up at an awards ceremony with tall hair and a flowy gown! I still recall this glimpse of Kate Beckinsale years ago at the SAG Awards before I really even knew who she was.
I saved these last two photos for the end because they combine a couple of my favorite things: Ava Gardner and billowing fabric. From publicity for the 1956 film Bhowani Junction, the first one is lovely...
...but the second one is close to a culmination of all things I hold holy in the world! I have no words for how much I adore this shot of Miss Gardner! Thanks for walking down fetish lane with me this time out! Today is my own birthday, so this post is a sort of present to myself. :-) I'll be back soon. For now, I'm off to a convention for work that lasts for a few days.