George Plimpton got a job playing one of the bad guys in the Howard Hawks directed John Wayne Western Rio Lobo in the spring of 1970. In this special we see him talking to Hawks about whether he’ll be killed off or not, to Wayne about how to cultivate a special walk to make oneself a star in movies and to himself as he attempts to rehearse his tiny part and while doing so is caught in the frame of a setup for another scene and chastised by Wayne. Wayne calls Plimpton “Pimpleton” throughout this special.
One in a series of wonderful Walter Mitty type adventures as George Plimpton took us inside the world of movie making.
Rainbow Rider, A really bad song that might have been subtitled Beat Your Head Against The Wall with a really inspired performance from the wonderful Zero Mostel in 1969’s The Great Bank Robbery that also starred Clint Walker, Claude Akins, Mako, Akim Tamiroff and Larry Storch among others. In this scene watch for Kim Novak and Sam Jaffee. This is truly a forerunner of Blazing Saddles, a very loopy movie that was unavailable on video for years. In 2009 it was finally released on DVD. The song goes a little bit out of sync toward the end but it’s not too bad. Enjoy!
Days Of Glory 1944 starred Gregory Peck in his first motion picture opposite Russian Ballet star Tamara Toumanova. It was an odd pro-Soviet propaganda film that RKO buried once the Cold War began a couple of years later.
The only existing film biography of Vera Komissarzhevskaya, the greatest actress of the Russian Silver Age of Theatre. was one of the most celebrated actresses and theatre managers of the end of the Russian Empire. She made her professional debut in 1893, after having acted as an amateur at Constantin Stanislavsky’s Society of Art and Literature. Though she grew to widespread in her own time, she is best known today for originating the role of Nina in the ill-fated premiere of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, at the Alexandrinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg in 1896. Though the production was deemed an utter failure, Komissarzhevskaya’s performance was highly praised.
Later in her career, Komissarzhevskaya is notable for her patronage of the up-and-coming theatre artist, Vsevolod Meyerhold. Following Meyerhold’s unsuccessful attempts to stage symbolist plays at Stanislavsky’s Moscow Art Theatre, Komissarzhevskaya invited him to try his experiments at her new Komissarjevsky Theatre. During their short-lived collaboration, the two managed to develop Meyerhold’s symbolist aesthetic and Komissarzhevskaya herself starred in two of the most critically and commercially successful productions.
Natalia Saiko portrayes Vera in this, the only film copy available which is in Russian without English subtitles.
These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise that never took place. Nice insight into the final episode of Star Trek Enterprise and the fifth season that never was. While not a huge fan of the series, I thought it had finally hit its stride in the fourth season and it should have had a fifth.
This isn’t the first time a former ‘Enterprise’ producer has teased the season that never was. In particular, fourth season showrunner Manny Coto has described planned stories dealing with the construction of the first starbase, a return to the mirror universe, and a “previsit” to the cloud city of Stratos (originally seen in the original series episode ‘The Cloud Minders’). In addition to these episodes, Coto has also said that the writing staff was seriously considering promoting the recurring character Shran (played by Jeffrey Combs) to a series regular. This would have involved him joining the crew in a similar capacity to T’Pol.
So you thought the mashup of Pink Floyd and The Wizard Of Oz was cool? Check this out, the super cool first ever live performance of Dark Side Of The Moon in London on December 17, 1972 put to the classic Max Fleischer animation of Gulliver’s Travels from 1939. Sit back, toke up and enjoy.