Archive for Folies Bergere

The 7 Wonders of the Pre-Code World: 3

Posted in FILM with tags , , on April 16, 2009 by dcairns

Maurice Chevalier’s secretaries.


Does Maurice Chevalier really NEED so many secretaries? Of course he does — he’s Maurice Chevalier! And do their secretarial dresses really need to be backless? Yes, they do. He’s Maurice Chevalier!

From FOLIES BERGERE, a 20th Century Fox musical comedy that makes a pretty good job of impersonating the Busby Berkeley style:



Girls in stockings with umbrellas dancing on lightning bolts. It’s a visual treat and a health and safety nightmare.

Al-Long Again, Naturally

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on December 9, 2008 by dcairns


Gisela Verbisek as Al-Long in BRIDE OF THE GORILLA.

They must have had a roaring time on that set with lines like, “You’re just Al-Long for the ride!” or, “I’ll go Al-Long with you on this one!” How they must have laughed.

Theory: did writer-director (auteur!) Curt Siodmak  have a drinking buddy called Al Long?

Hmm, maybe this guy? A fellow screenwriter. Oddly, I just watched one of his films, FOLIES BERGERE, which was not at all bad. More on it later, maybe.00