Bette Davis being cooler than anyone should ever be allowed to be.
P.S. Please forgive my long absence. I've been working scones at the fair again AND I'm also in training for my new job at the college (I'm a writing tutor.....which I'm sure is most amusing to many of you ;-D).
Cliff Robertson was just an awesome person. I can't think of a single performance I haven't enjoyed. There was just something about that made you wish he was your friend. Maybe it was that sneaky, little smile or that completely inimitable voice?
He was perfect for light, fluffy '60s comedies.... but he was an even better serious actor.
I mean, he was the guy who played the famous Newman and Brando and Lemmon roles -- before they played them.
One of my absolute favorite roles of his, is an episode of The Twilight Zone called "The Dummy." Cliff plays a completely psycho character, and he's BRILLIANT. And cool. And awesome.
But, that's how he always was. And that's why he will be very much missed.
"It's hard to explain what that jug-eared groaner has that made us close friends through seven movies and innumerable radio and television shows. I know that some recent accounts of his family troubles portray Bing in a less-than-favorable light, but as far as I'm concerned, he could do no wrong. He had that warm, relaxed personal style onstage that, for me, carried offstage into the best friendship I ever had. How could I fail to have a warm spot in my heart for a fellow who sold me into slavery to Dorothy Lamour [Road to Morocco]?
"The liner of one of Bing's albums sums it up best: 'The voice of Bing Crosby has been heard by more people than the voice of any other human being who ever lived.'
"I miss that voice.
"We started to insult each other from the moment we met. I called him 'the sports shirt that walks like a man ... the large, economy-size Sinatra ... the only pot that ever got the rainbow.' And he called me 'The man with a nose like a bicycle seat.'
I had only seen a few bits and pieces of Compulsion before, so I was SUPER-excited to see it tonight! (Orson Welles + Bradford Dillman? HECK YEAH.)
It was perfect. Absolutely perfect.
The direction, the writing, the acting -- everything was flawless.
The story itself is really actually quite gruesome, but Bradford Dillman was so awesome I was kinda rooting for him (HORRIBLE CONFESSION OF THE DAY).
And when he was creepily talking to his teddy bear? I thought it was sort of adorable. (Yeah, I'm pretty sure I shouldn't be allowed to write reviews for serious films ever, ever, ever.)
(I mean, SERIOUSLY! How is this not adorable?! ;-D)
I was waiting expectantly for the other reason why I watched this movie, but he didn't decide to show up for over an hour. And then after he appeared, Orson took over the entire movie and delivered long monologues and generally just forgot there were other cast members.
He was awesome.
There are very few actors that can talk for ten minutes without stopping, yet be completely compelling and fascinating. Mr. Welles is one of them. His court scene was perfect. And his final lines to Dean Stockwell -- STUNNING.
This brings me to Dean Stockwell, who also gave a great performance. He got a bit overshadowed by Bradford (which is how his character should be), but he was still good.
And really, this film had NO bad performances. AND IT HAD MARTIN MILNER (I didn't know he was gonna be in it!)
I really have no more words to add to this highly nonsensical semi-review, but everyone should go watch Compulsion. It's basically a class in acting, writing, directing, and how to seem threatening while wearing a bow-tie (you must a have an awesome evil smile).
I was watching this with a friend and casually mentioned that I had once sent Mr. Dillman a fan letter congratulating him on having the greatest evil smile ever.
My friend's response? "OH MY GOSH. YOU'RE ONE OF THOSE CREEPY FANS!"
This awesome YouTube channel uploaded a bunch of Roddy McDowall's home videos yesterday and they're unspeakably genius. Every single cool actor of the '60s hanging out, swimming, eating hot dogs, playing volleyball, building sandcastles. Paul Newman and Lauren Bacall and Ben Gazzara laughing together -- while Natalie Wood lounges nearby. THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE IN THESE VIDEOS. SO MANY PEOPLE. I can't even begin to write them all down.
Here are cool people hanging out together at various parties during the summer of '65:
There are even more AT the YouTube channel, so definitely check them out.
I'm so glad that now I have an exact place and time to direct my time-machine to. GOODBYE ALL! ;-D