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*contains spoilers Was writer Grace Metalious (1924-64 cirrhosis) some sort of genius or was it the screenwriters which helped to make the movies based on her novels Peyton Place (1957) and Return to Peyton Place (1961) such memorable experiences which sit together with some kind of trashy perfection? They are not great movies, but in…

Read more The Genius of Writer Grace Metalious and Return to Peyton Place (1961) Part One

*contains spoilers It seemed to immediately go pear-shaped with his appearance as a bad-tempered lover in the unremarkable The Young Lovers (1964) which was nothing in terms of quality when compared to his earlier role in star-studded The Interns (1962). By this stage, Nick should have perhaps taken the hint and gone back to television…

Read more The Cult of Actor Nick Adams as The Oedipal Rebel (Part Two)

*contains spoilers and strong course language “My show is about racial healing,” says actor Damon Wayons (1960-)  in Spike Lee’s (1957-) movie Bamboozled (2000). This film, which was dismissed back when it was first released, is now regarded as some sort of cult film. It hints at the possibility that you can be white on…

Read more Hallelujah for the Bamboozled Cult of Actor Willie Best (Part One)

*contains spoilers Bipolar and bisexual actor Jack Cassidy (1927-76 burned to death) was the father of pop star David Cassidy (1950-2017 liver failure) and he seemed to be on the verge of something big in terms of his character acting career just before he died in an inferno in his West Hollywood penthouse apartment sparked…

Read more The Cult of Actor Jack Cassidy in The Phantom of Hollywood (1974)

*contains spoilers Different actors were used for Ida’s next film, which she directed and co-wrote, entitled Outrage (1950). This film was only the second movie about rape ever released in modern day Hollywood under the rule of The Production Code after Johnny Belinda (1948), which won actress Jane Wyman (1917-2007 in sleep) an Oscar. The…

Read more The Cult of Director Ida Lupino’s The Filmakers Movies (Part Two)

*contains spoilers Jeff Chandler (1918-61 blood poisoning) was one of the few grey-haired actors to make the Top 20 Box Office stars during the 1950s… He was also reportedly a cross-dresser according to former lover Esther Williams (1921-2013 natural causes) who later said she lied about this fact in her autobiography. Chandler was long dead…

Read more The Cult of Actor Jeff Chandler in The Tattered Dress (1957)