|Erotic sparks fly between Kerr and Lancaster.|
|It's not every man who could pull off the look of this hat with just aplomb.|
Kerr (shown behind a porch screen) is startled to see the rain-soaked soldier before her. Knowing better, but unable to help herself, she invites him to come in out of the drenching weather.
|"Avon... Ding-Dong calling...!"|
|Probably my favorite shot of Lancaster. Ever.|
|Now he's in danger of getting her wet...!|
|"Nobody ever kissed me the way you do..."|
|"Nobody?... not even one...? Out of all the men you've been kissed by?"|
|Clift fidgets repeatedly with a pocketknife at waist level while Lancaster looks him up and down. Is beer the only thing on tap?|
Miss Joan Crawford. Crawford was then on a pretty solid career trajectory, having just scored a Best Actress nomination for Sudden Fear (1952), awaiting a movie (Lisbon, 1956), that was interminably delayed with script issues. Cohn hand-picked her for the emotionally wounded, adulterous wife and while she might have been strong (one can picture the hard, sarcastic line delivery followed by tear-filled humiliation), she also would have been incredibly pat and obvious (and at seventeen years older than Kerr, a bit past the right age for the role.) She came in hard, wanting her personal costumer Sheila O'Brien to do all her clothes. (O'Brien, whose every credit, almost, is associated with Crawford, did get an Oscar nom for Sudden Fear, but it went to Helen Rose for The Bad and the Beautiful.) Cohn balked at this and she was out. But the thing is, this is likely more an excuse for the fact that Crawford (to whom billing was of paramount importance up till the end of her career) was reluctant to be billed third behind Lancaster and Clift. She was used to being headlined.
Torch Song (1953) and a series of increasingly unimportant pictures. Furthermore, looking at Eternity, there's scarcely an item on Kerr's body that doesn't look like something Crawford either would have worn or soon did wear in pictures like Torch Song, Female on the Beach (1955) or Autumn Leaves (1956), from the prim collars to the white gloves to the chained belt to the sport shorts and even down to the swimsuit! So if Crawford quit over the costumes, she sure had O'Brien copy them closely for later movies. I am going with billing as the reason.
|For better or worse, Torch Song gave her sole, above-the-title, single-card billing.|
|"How'd ya like some lemonade poured down that pipe...?!"|
|"Hmmm... I wouldn't mind yanking on his ripcord."|
|The more things change...|
|"Wanna play around...?"|
|Just that morning, Kerr, who he'd just met, had served him lemonade on that very couch while her husband was in the chair next to it...!|
|Separate Tables and almost separate movies. In the source play, the same actors play the two couples in back-to-back acts. The film meshed the stories into one, putting Lancaster and Kerr in the same film though not exactly together.|
|Cigs may look smoldering, but they can do a lot of harm to one's respiratory and circulatory systems. In other news, Burt looks a bit like a young Clark Gable here, don't you think?|