The Collins Sisters

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Over at The Notebook, the latest edition of The Forgotten examines a late work by a great filmmaker, and finds it not-so-great but still, ou know, of interest.

Multiple images of Joan Collins are ALWAYS of interest.

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8 Responses to “The Collins Sisters”

  1. I saw Rally when it came out. Quite enjoyable and a big hit as I recall.

  2. I remember the trailer, Bob Hope comes out of the Paramount screening room and addresses the camera, “Say, folks, I just saw the funniest picture I’ve seen in years” or words to that effect. it struck me then as a really hard selling job. I was too young to go see it and had to wait a couple of years for it to turn up on NBC’s Saturday Night At The Movies. And as I sat through it, I still thought it was trying too hard.
    Now a days they just show all the funniest scene in the trailer, and the audiences still laughs at them.
    But, I’ve always wondered why they were trying so hard to sell this picture. Bob Hope plugging a comedy that he wasn’t in? But now you’ve cleared that up. Bob was helping out an old friend. Wasn’t this around the same time that Hitchcock had to also make a movie with a miscast Paul Newman?
    As I was reading this I was thinking of a movie idea. along the lines of the recent “Hail Caesar” , but they are making this movie. The two lead actors are married to each other , and are serious actors who have been obligated to making this comedy. And in spite of all that is going wrong around them, their become closer.

  3. Somewhere I have the novel this was based on. Broad comedy, but the sort where the hero DOES have an affair with the sexy neighbor, and the satiric complications don’t include Breen Office retribution.

    There’s another movie, “A New Kind of Love”, that teams Newman and Woodward again. Almost a Dean Martin vehicle, but fancying itself smarter than that. The main plot, I recall, is good girl Joanne playing a Parisian bad girl to snag naughty American reporter Paul. She feeds him a fictional life story of sex, sex, sex, which he thinks will make his fortune in book form.

    Joanne begins as a dress manufacturer’s right-hand girl and surrogate son, looking like a tough beatnik, but under all the worldliness and savvy she’s a Normal American Girl, clumsy around men and … Inexperienced. When she does herelf up as the bad girl, the effect isn’t so much sexy as drag. Either Woodward tried to parody sexiness or the makeup / costume crew stubbornly tried to work against her intelligent face — it’s the exact inverse of a blank-faced starlet in a lab coat.

    The ending involves soundstage symbolism, which must be seen to be fully appreciated.

  4. That sounds… interesting. But seeing Newman and Woodward miscast in this somehow doesn’t inspire me to see more of the same. All the way through I was trying to imagine who would be better, and the actors of the era didn’t fit it because it wasn’t really a premise or an approach of the era, except in sitcoms. Desi and Lucy would have been fine, I guess.

  5. The novel was written by Max Schulman, creator of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, which was the first significant showcase for (wait for it) Tuesday Weld AND Shirley MacLaine’s kid brother.

  6. Wow! He’s pretty effective in sitcom mode. Maybe he should have kept it up, just think where he might be today!

  7. Tuesday is very insistent that Warren NEVER got to first base with her. I suspect this was the real reason she turned down Bonnie and Clyde. As for Warren the trailer for his latest suggests that Tuesday may still be in his thoughts.

  8. Fiona is aghast: “The man was severely mentally ill, you can’t make a romcom about him!”

    Also: a horrible racist and war profiteer. I would imagine if Hail, Caesar! is a flop, which it is, this HAS to be a flop too.

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