Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Cyd is a party girl .... Sterling is Johnny Guitar

Deliriously camp trailer for a favourite meller, 1958's PARTY GIRL from MGM, with Robert Taylor and Cyd Charisse (who gets to dance too) as the party girl in thrall to hoods led by Lee J. Cobb and John Ireland. What lifts this above the average is that is a Nicholas Ray movie with great imagery - a noir in lurid colour. When I first saw it as a kid that scene where Cobb threatens Cyd with the bottle of acid, which he pours over the christmas decorations and we see them melt was terrific - of course in the shootout the acid goes over his own face .... 
PLUS - the trailer for Ray's 1954 classic JOHNNY GUITAR - with all its highlights here. This, as per other posts was the first film I ever saw aged 8 - I was agog - what an introduction to the vivid world of cinema! 

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