|Double the Deano. Makes for interesting bookends.|
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Friday, October 16, 2020
|There's a careworn desk clerk checking people in by the hour rather than the night.|
|In the lobby are a couple of men of ill repute.|
|Finally, Stapleton and O'Connor are greeted by the tenant and soon try to find a place to sit and hash out the details of this sudden attempt at Stephanie's custody after having been in their care.|
|The House of Frankenstein (1945)|
|Blondie for Victory (1942)|
|I Escaped the Gestapo (1943)|
|Canyon Crossroads (1955)|
|Perhaps his most notable role of all, as the assassin in the famous umbrella sequence of Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent (1940.)|
|With Patricia Hitchcock in Broadway's Solitaire.|
|Kilian got a late-career boost as the father of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, a Norman Lear sitcom with a cult following. |
|As a lascivious old coot (and "The Fernwood Flasher!"), he made quite an impression on viewers.|
This is indeed a more gruesome post than we might typically put up, but it is mere weeks from Halloween, after all, so the time is sort of right in a way. What are the chances of these still-active, octogenarian actors meeting their fates in these awful ways after enjoying such long careers on screen? It just isn't fair. My mind was blown when I found out about this, though, and wanted to share.
Friday, October 9, 2020
|When the A-side, a cover of Mac Davis' "I Believe in Music" didn't knock 'em dead, the single was released featuring the more popular B-side.|
There was "I Am Woman" in 1971, which caught on with the feminist movement and earned her a Grammy as Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Reddy notoriously thanked God "because She makes everything possible" in her acceptance speech. Reddy had co-written the song when she couldn't locate one that matched the message she was trying to impart.
The next #1 in 1972 was "Delta Dawn," which had been a Top 10 country hit for Tanya Tucker the year before.
In 1974, she scored another #1 with "Angie Baby." These songs are only a few of the numbers that Reddy had success with in the 1970s.
|The sight of singing nun Reddy, on the heels of Julie Andrews' Fraulein Maria and Debbie Reynolds' Sister Ann, became a ripe prospect for parody as you will see in a moment... |
The brief sequence in which Reddy entertains the beatific Blair contains a few things to watch out for. Firstly, the female extra in the chair behind them... She has her own mini-melodrama going on throughout the film but takes a breather here to listen. Also, there is the unintentionally hilarious moment when the other passengers - and chief stewardess Karen Black - crane their necks to see what the hell is going on.
There's another sort of interesting career path-crossing with Maureen McGovern in that "Candle on the Water" was written by the same team who did "The Morning After" and "We May Never Love Like This Again," both of which won Best Original Song Oscars and both of which were made famous by McGovern. (And all three end with repeating phrases.) "Candle on the Water" was nominated, but lost to another sort of illumination -- "You Light Up My Life" from the film of the same name. Below we see Maureen (with her original nose) in the year between TPA and TTI..
I had gone many, many years without seeing Pete's Dragon. I was one of the kids who saw it on the big screen when I was 10 (and probably didn't care one whip-stitch about Reddy's missing love.) When I saw it again for the first time a few years ago, the song stood out very distinctly for me and I appreciated it a lot. Obsessive person that I am, I began watching countless versions of it and this one, from a high school choir, is my favorite. It takes a while to really build, but by the end is really pretty nice. (Jump to 1:50 - I tried to embed it that way but it wouldn't work...!)
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
|You can thank me later for refusing to bring to you any photographic evidence from when he rolls over to reveal the torn and heavily-stained rear of these undies...|
We're fully used to seeing Fairchild slathered to the hilt, with elaborately coiffed hair, dripping with jewelry and with an almost sedimentary rock level of makeup. This was one of the more clean-scrubbed pictures of her from her 1984 hey-day and even in this (which she described as a "non-glamorous" role in TimeBomb), its hard to see through the smoke and mirrors of lighting, makeup and styling.
|Note here, however, how her looks had already been changed since the early days of her TV career. One could almost get away with tagging this shot as early Shelley Long!|
|A couple of years later, fully making her way onto the screen. |
|Could the caterpillar on the left really have emerged as the butterfly on the right? Look at the pose, the head shape and features (along with some weight loss and the bangs to cover up any unsightly lines.) |
link to the movie, which is even better in quality than the one I watched.
|Is that you, Patsy Ann??|
Moving on for just a moment to another costar of the film, I give you the staggering, near-constant presence of the boom mic! It is positively unbelievable how many times you can be looking at the screen and then, right on cue, the boom mic drops into position, most often directly above the performers' heads, dead center! These are but a few examples:
Well, I hope I haven't caused any sort of distress for Miss Morgan Fairchild in digging up this long-lost mess of a movie.