Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fall Clearance

As we toddle along with The Underworld, we're forever collecting pictures and bits of this and that, often with an eye toward future posts. Sometimes the pictures won't fit a regular post or the posts don't materialize and we're left with unsold merchandise, so it becomes necessary to hold a Clearance Sale! One that we held last winter went over quite well, so now we're doing one in the fall! As you can see from this first shot (of a pensive Mr. Tab Hunter), the leaves aren't the only things that have turned yellow in The Underworld!

We briefly toyed with the idea of a John Beck tribute (seen here with Joe Bologna in The Big Bus, 1976), of Flamingo Road, Dallas and several movies including Audrey Rose and The Other Side of Midnight (both 1977), but - even though we like him just fine - couldn't quite muster up the enthusiasm for it. Sorry, John!
So we offer up some favorite shots of him, including this one from the revered Battle of the Network Stars TV specials.
We love the camp scream The Other Side of Midnight and enjoy his unusually short(er) hair in it, too!
I never talk about her on this site, it seems, but my favorite contemporary actress is Julianne Moore. She got that way based upon one single job of hers and though she has rarely, if ever, done another part like it, I still enjoy her in almost anything she does. That job of course, was the supporting role of Marlene Craven (even the name is awesome!) in 1992's The Hand that Rocks the Cradle.

There is not one solitary frame of her performance in that movie that I do not WORSHIP! She made a lifelong fan of me by portraying the most dynamic, brittle, no-nonsense, stylishly-dressed lady I'd come across in a long time. (This was most welcome to me in 1992 as this was the era of washed out, casual looks and "grunge.")

My favorite contemporary actor, in case anybody's wondering or doesn't know from prior posts, has always been George Clooney, but he's in the doghouse right now following those world-famous nuptials! Ha ha!

I had intended at one time to do a post called "Silents, Please!" in which I put forth some of the handsome men of the silent era, but the wheels came off of that one before too long. Here is a photo of Charles Farrell, who was one of young Bette Davis' favorite idols of the silver screen.

One of our absolute favorites of "The Silent Era" (and beyond) is the dreamy George O'Brien, who, in his early days seemed to never bother putting clothing on for publicity portraits!
Here he is in the silent era disaster spectacle Noah's Ark (1928.) The flood effects were so realistic that three extras were drowned and nearly a dozen others were injured during it! Anyway, I'll take Georgie over Russell Crowe any time...
Speaking of Bette, here is a fun color photo of her from All About Eve (1950) a movie that was, of course, done in black & white. This iconic dress was meant to have the sleeves up on her shoulders, but during a fitting, it was too big and slid down, forming a sort of portrait neckline. She decided she preferred it that way and wore it as such in the film!

Many of you are familiar with the Blackglama fur ads that were done in the 1960s and 1970s (featuring an iconic actress or female singer swathed in fur with the tagline, "What becomes a legend most?") I have a book of these photos that I treasure, even though I do not advocate fur as fashion (these were done long before most folks delved into the innate cruelty of the fur industry.) Here is a rare contact sheet of shots for Judy Garland's turn before the camera, revealing a variety of poses she struck that day. (The one circled in red was selected, though several others of them would have been great, too!)

Big-screen Tarzan Lex Barker was one of the very earliest subjects here back in 2009 and his tribute is staggeringly brief compared to ones that came later. So, we often have photos of him to sprinkle here and there including these.
Scram, you tramps!
Imagine being at this circus or parade or whatever it was and finding Tarzan on an elephant with a snow white tan line popping out on each side! I always find it interesting that, back in the day, so much effort was put into covering up the navel, yet is was all right to have half an ass cheek in view! (The greatest example of this occurred when Buster Crabbe played Tarzan in an early serial.)
I can never get enough of Lex's sleek, golden face...
He's one of the 1940s stars whose looks transcend time and come off as almost contemporary. Really only the high-waisted (!) pants give him away.
And of course we're a sucker for pretty, baby blues eyes.
I wanted to do this next post so badly, but it just never happened. It was going to be a hooty one about inappropriate similarities in movie costumes. First up was Mr. Tom Tryon in The Cardinal (1963) and how, when he was done....
...he lent his hat to Miss Helen Hayes for her role in Airport (1970)!
Then there was Richard Burton wearing Indian drag in 1955's The Rains of Ranchipur, who put his turban on ice...
...until 1969 when he portrayed a gay man with an alleged head injury in Staircase!
Ted McGinley's tribute is long since past, but I can't resist sharing these two shots of him of him in lifeguard costume. I have always adored McGinley in virtually everything (though I purposely avoided Married with Children, on which he costarred from 1991-1997!)
I was going to do something with this selection of disaster movie airline pilots, but this, too, was an idea that fizzled. (You think after five years, I'm just running out of steam??  Could be...)
Dean Martin in Airport (1970)
Charlton Heston in Skyjacked (1972)
Efrem Zimbalist Jr in Airport 1975 (1974)
Jack Lemmon in Airport '77 (1977)
George Kennedy in The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)
Alain Delon in The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)
Around here, we're always on the lookout for the ultimate Clint Walker photo and we've yet to find it. But in the meantime, here are some enjoyable shots of him.
To us, the perfect Clint Walker photo is in color, with his face lit up and his blue eyes gleaming, while also capturing an expression and angle that conveys his incredible appeal. This capture below (that I made!) from None But the Brave (1965) is on the right track, but not of high enough quality, nor straight on facially enough, to qualify. Love his little blue cap, though!
This recently discovered portrait probably comes closest of all that I've seen thus far, but the search continues (and, hey... it's not like it's hard work or anything doing all that scavenging!)
Now, I think some of my classic movie fans with LOVE this next pic. I just never had anywhere good to include it. To get the full joy out of it, you'll have to open it in a new tab or window and magnify it to its full size. A WONDROUS collection of beautiful 1950s leading ladies.
On a far lesser scale is this smaller collection of actors and actresses, this time from the 1960s. Is it me or is Gregory Peck just a little out of place in this grouping?!
I love this photo of a young Gary Cooper. (Regular readers know I have a thing about very light eyes and Coop has 'em here!)
I also adore the eyes (and everything else!) of Jon-Erik Hexum, particularly in this photo.
Of course, in his case, it's sometimes hard to find which aspect one wants to focus on the most!
While we're gazing at some handsome men with pretty eyes, take a look at these two snaps of beautiful Robert Conrad during his days on The Wild Wild West (1965-1969.)
My favorite actress from the mid-'60s to the mid-'90s is Miss Faye Dunaway, someone I can never get enough of, so here is more! Love the detailing on this suit and her sleek expression.
These next four are from her debut in The Happening (1967) and I'm not sure if she was ever hotter, though the movie itself is a pretty big mess...
Here we find a languid, late-'60s Miss D. lounging outside on a bench for a magazine spread...
...and still rather tired, she's seen again sprawled on the floor in a sensational lace top.
She seems to have borrowed Karen Black's eyelashes for this one.
This hilarious close-up...well, colorful doesn't begin to describe it!
And in this shot from The Towering Inferno (1974), a movie that changed my life, we get to see her earrings nice and close up. 
What do y'all think of this gloomily gossamer gaggle from Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)??
A lot of my readers like Lyle Waggoner of The Carol Burnett Show (1967-1974) and Wonder Woman (1975-1979) and here he is at home with his family. Anyone want to be next to get (his or) her hair combed?
There are quite a few photos of The Green Hornet (1966-1967) costars and friends Van Williams and Bruce Lee playing on the beach together and so on for publicity purposes, but I also love this shot of them merely hanging out over a cup of craft services coffee. Williams worked hard to gain proper billing, screen time and character development for Lee on the show and Lee was thankful for that.
Here's a portrait of them in character (with the much-beloved by fans Wende Wagner) from the series.
Of course there's NOTHING that compares to Van in his slinky swim ensemble from his prior series Surfside 6 (1960-1962)!! Costarring Troy Donahue, Anthony Eisley and Underworld fave Diane McBain, just look at the oddball dynamic here... and Van's oddballs.
I looovve this photo of Surfside costars Van and Diane McBain.
Some of you long-term readers may recall the saga of The Underworld's favorite movie extra, Leoda Richards, who was a total mystery for the longest time until finally being identified. The woman shows up in seemingly every movie of the 1950s - 1970s, nearly always with primo position in the vicinity of the stars of the film in question. Now that I know her, it's so much fun to be watching a program and see her suddenly pop up! (It was fun before, too, but maddening since I couldn't figure out who she was!) During a recent screening of My Fair Lady (1964), I discovered that in that film, too, she appears prominently in both the dazzling Ascot scene and later at the Embassy Ball, nearly always within earshot of Rex Harrison, Audrey Hepburn and Gladys Cooper! Can you imagine being among the cast of both Lady and The Sound of Music the following year as well as in so many, many other movies?!
One of these days, I still don't know when, we're going to do a looonng overdue tribute to the divine Arlene Francis! I don't know why I never get around to her.
As we've already done a tribute to the marvelous Peyton Place (1957), there's no good place for this entertaining shot of Miss Lana Turner in a pivotal moment of the plot. I love that movie so much and this scene, too!
Poor Donna Reed had the horrible experience of replacing Barbara Bel Geddes on Dallas (1984-1985), something that really never should have happened as she was not the correct type, before being unceremoniously fired. I like Reed a lot and hate the way she was treated, but she was all wrong for this. Still, she remained a very attractive lady for someone who wasn't going to live even one more year as this portrait demonstrates.
Although I enjoy the work of James Dean, I'm not obsessed with him the way many folks are. I do really like this particular photo of him (and lord knows he was photographed plenty in his short life!) It's probably due to the fact that he seems very contemporary in it.
There's never going to be a Dennis Cole tribute here, though every once in a while we find ourselves taken with him. Here's an portrait of him taken in his heyday.
You know, Jaclyn Smith was married to Dennis Cole for a brief time in the late-'70s/early-'80s and they worked together fairly often. Less known, but longer (1968-1975), is her prior marriage to Roger Davis (of Alias Smith & Jones fame), seen here in a strange tense-tranquil pose.
Blonde cutie Doug McClure is another guy who I enjoy, but who is unlikely to get an in-depth tribute all his own. This is part of a magazine interview he did at the height of his popularity along with a cute photo.
When the wonderful columnist Liz Smith was in contact with me over this site, she expressed that it would be great if there were more posts involving Elizabeth Taylor (who despite many great roles also had a bad movie output that ought to have won her more attention here!) I've been negligent to that task, but I do have a selection of very beautiful portraits of La Liz. The last one is my very favorite, even though its black & white format doesn't allow her amazing eyes to come through in their full glory. I think the third one more than makes up for that, though!
I did a piece on Rome Adventure (1962) quite a while back, but only recently came upon this great shot of costar Angie Dickinson sizing herself up in the mirror.
I also like this slinky pose of Miss D.
Ooooh, I think fans of Richard Chamberlain are going to really enjoy this page from a magazine layout on him. 
NotFelixUnger, this one is just for you. I hope you don't already have it! (For the uninitiated, it's Gordon Thomson from Dynasty, 1982-1989.)
Earlier this year, we lost longtime movie and TV star James Garner. This is my favorite photo of him.
Another great star we lost not long ago was the wondrous Eleanor Parker. Here are two beautiful and differing portraits of her during her prime.
We've done a tribute to Brian Kelly before, but not long ago stumbled onto these photos from his movie Around the World Under the Sea (1966) with Lloyd Bridges, David McCallum and Shirley Eaton. Can you imagine being in a teensy underwater vehicle with the hirsute Kelly and Bridges?
Take in the burnished beauty of Ty Hardin during his days as a Warner Brothers contract player.
As we near the end of this clearance sale, I give you a mash-up picture I made for use as a Facebook cover photo for a little while. Just my warped sense of humor at work...
And with that (and Mr. Stuart Whitman from The Decks Ran Red, 1958), we've reached The End!


joel65913 said...

If only all clearance sales were this good!

George O'Brien did seem to have an allergy to clothes in those pre-code days which is most welcome but compared to Charles Farrell in the looks department it's just no contest. Not many then or now are as beautiful as the young Farrell.

That contact sheet of shots of Judy is marvelous. I've never been a fan of the shot they chose for her ad, it didn't seem to convey her personality as so many did. I think the one to the right of the chosen one is much more Judy. I've seen that book of Blackglama ads and it is indeed a fantastic treasure.

As you said that block photo of the various female stars is wondrous. I find the inclusion of Betty Hutton and Ann Sheridan a bit odd. Not because they weren't big stars, they are much more so than a few of the women listed but it seems like a publicity photo listing the upcoming or recent releases of the ladies and those two don't seem to have anything that would qualify listed as they are as Popular Motion Picture Stars.

The pictures of Faye are fantastic except for that one with the lavender background which is borderline disturbing. She did look great in The Happening, a real mongrel of a movie, but to me she's at her most stunning in The Thomas Crown Affair.

Donna Reed did definitely get a bum shake from Dallas. It's funny that she was always considered the girl and then Mom next door but as this casting highlighted she was really the glamorous, down to earth sister of the dowdy girl next door who would be Barbara Bel Geddes. Ironic since Bel Geddes was New York City born and bred and Reed an actual farm girl from Iowa.

That's a very evocative picture of James Dean, I don't get the slavish hero worship either although I think he was a tremendous actor.

All the pics of Liz are lovely but that first one is a stunner.

As always a wonderful collection Poseidon. Thanks!

Dave in Alamitos Beach said...

Wow, whatta sale! Love it all.

I remember Julianne Moore in The Hand That Rocks The Cradle. It was the first time I ever saw her. I knew Rebecca De Mornay would be terrific, but by the end of the movie I was completely in Julianne's camp. I vaguely recall her driving and smoking like a maniac. She reminded me of Bette Davis in that way.

Men with dark hair and light eyes are ne plus ultra of course. Quite rare in real life, but much more common in Hollywood.

PS early Gary Cooper just can't be beat.

NotFelixUnger said...

Ah! Thank you! I've never seen that one before but will print it out the next time I put in an order. I loved that man since he first appeared on "The Littlest Hobo." He is still quite the hunk and a truly kind soul by all appearances and comments.

From the collection my other favorites include Lex Barker. Though not really my "type" I too think he has modern day matinee idol looks. In fact, I can't help but find a fleeting resemblance between him and the modern day brothers Hemsworth. Were he alive today I've no doubt he would easily been cast as "Thor" or maybe even in "Aquaman."

I don't think Clint Walker ever took a bad picture. My favorite is from "Cheyenne" wearing a white cowboy shirt with frilly things. His face in that one is breathtaking.

I've always liked Julianne Moore. I particularly liked her in "Children of Men." Though a big downer as movies go I thought she was superb.

John Beck always made me swoon. Still does.

Thanks again! xxoo

PS I love "Eyes of Laura Mars."

angelman66 said...

Hi Poseidon! What a beautifully dreamy line-up of glamour and pulchritude!

Must be Law of Attraction:
I was just last night obsessively pinning photo after photo of the handsomest Tarzan of all, Lex Barker, onto my Pinterest page...I hope all those horror stories Cheryl Crane told about him in her book aren't true. If they are, the devil is still dreamy to look at...

And it being Halloween Week, TCM ran the old Dark Shadows movies, where I fell in love again with the gorgeous Roger naturally I had to find pics of him with Jaclyn and then segued into the humpy Dennis Cole. Miss Smith has great taste in men, even if she doesn't hold onto them long...

And WOW Faye Dunaway was a many of those gorgeous photos I have never seen.

You are a master curator of RETRO FABULOUSNESS and visiting your site is always a joy! Happy Halloween...

A said...

Hi Poseiden,

Wonderful post! Although I am disappointed to hear you say there won't be a Dennis Cole tribute. I had a huge crush on him.

Did you ever see Puzzle of a Downfall Child, with Faye Dunaway? One of my favorite movies ever.

Thanks for posting!

NotFelixUnger said...

I too will echo the disappointment in no Dennis Cole tribute.

I remember he would often guest-star on popular TV shows of the 80s. There was one episode of Fantasy Island he did. In it he falls in love with a mermaid. [Yes, this was right after "Splash" when they were all the rage] Anyway, he spent most of the episode shirtless while cavorting with the mermaid. Ooh, I was so envious of that mermaid. If I could I would have grown gills for him!

rico said...

What a mix of marvelous faces, some who I haven't thought of in some time!

Those '70s heart throbs made me think of Dack Rambo, who was often prettier than his female co-stars!

I would love to see you write about Elizabeth Taylor, too! Perhaps on an aspect of her career, as it was very her life! I always thought her latter day films were overlooked and underrated than her earlier, mainstream career. The same could be said of Lady Faye!

Very enjoyable, brings back warm...sometimes hot!...memories,

Narciso Duran said...

The contact sheet of La Garland is interesting because most people I know don't care for the photo ultimately put into print. By the way, I am pretty certain she was the first Blackglama celeb model, inaugurating a very successful campaign format that lasted many years. I'll echo the question mark about the James Dean cult. I never understood it either, however, he does look dreamy in that shot, very kissable. He did have divine lips. Charles Farrell did have a popular career after silents, interestingly, appearing on television during the 1950s as Gale Storm's father on "My Little Margie." Man what a dreamboat he was. The only other silent star I go for in a big way was Antonio Moreno. Oh, and then there's John Beck - the star who made my early puberty so intense.

Poseidon3 said...

Hello, everyone and thanks for your enjoyable remarks and compliments! I'm glad you liked this potpourri of items!

Joel, I think the reason I'm so drawn to George O'Brien is that he seems to burly and stocky in an era when the leading men tended to be very slim and sleek (and slick!) His virility in some movies just pierces through the screen! But, yes, Farrell was so beautiful. And I agree about Faye's lavender head shot. Scary!

Dave, I recall Siskel & Ebert raving about Julianne Moore in THTRTC and I hadn't yet seen the movie. I thought, "Hmmmmm, we'll see...." Well, I saw and I was hooked! She had so many great lines and moments. (I can't lie, though, during a not too long ago viewing with friends, they howled in agony during one scene at how yellow her teeth looked! That's all been solved now. LOL)

NotFelix, we often have the same tastes, so I'm not surprised at all that you admire Lex's looks the way I do. And of course we both idolize Clint (who, as I've said before, is even more dreamy in action and speaking than in still photos, no matter how good they are. He's just so appealing!)

Angelman, thank you so much for your compliment! I don't know if I fully agree, but I do try!! I remain very torn about Lex and those Cheryl Crane stories. I don't want to discount her or deny her if she is being honest and yet he was long, long dead when she told about it and there was no opportunity for him to respond (and, beyond that, it's all very much at odds with the way the rest of his life was played out.) So I adore him, but with reservations. All one has to do is look at Stephen Collins to know that a public image is sometimes (often?) nothing like reality!

A, I did see "Puzzle" many, many, many years ago and want to watch it again as I was far too young to really get into it properly. I know it is Faye's own favorite movie of her own. As for Dennis Cole, perhaps sometime I'll get the urge and profile him more in-depth. In any case, his photos have been sprinkled throughout many posts here over the years!

Rico, the only defense I can give as to why there has been little of La Liz here is that I tend to try (apart from a select number of faves) to focus on lesser known people who I feel never got their proper due. She's one of the most written about and photographed stars ever, so I rarely think I'll have anything to add! It's definitely not a case of dislike or anything. Hopefully, I'll get to one of her movies soon.

Narciso, looking at Wikipedia, there were four 1968 Blackglama subjects and Garland was one of them. Considering that she died in '69, they were just in the nick of time in securing her!! That couldn't have been a very great period for her, having exited "Valley of the Dolls" the prior year amid all sorts of speculation and heartbreak and then her usual roller coaster love life still zooming. Such an odd choice for that ad campaign photo when there were other, better choices available...

Poseidon3 said...

This is how scatterbrained I am (always, ALWAYS, too much going on at once....) I mentioned in the post above how I had considered doing a post called "Silents Please." Ummm... I have already done one back in 2012 called "A Moment of Silents, Please." !!!! I guess I forgot about it along the way, though it has some dazzling photos of several gents from that era. Take a look:

Roy Wood said...

Julianne Moore was "M-A-R-L-E-N-E", I remember watching the Hand that rocks the cradle in a gay bar in New Orleans during the early90s. We LOVED Marlene. All of us were just chattering away about how flawless Marlene was, how she stole that damn movie, and we kept repeating Marlene, Marlene with a very HAD e coast accent. Marlene show us your balls!