Buddies Lounge Cinema #1
Besides listening to the Buddies Lounge this weekend, what about catching a cool Mid-Century double feature on Blu-ray? Great idea…..and here is our DOUBLE FEATURE suggestion for you:
If you looking for a good old fashion musical, dripping with Mid-Century wonderment, check out the film version of the sadly underrated How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying from 1967. The last great musical of the 1960’s stars Robert Morse (recreating his Broadway role of J. Pierrepont Finch), as he lampoons his way from the mailroom to the top of World Wide Wicket Company by playing it “The Company Way” , discovering "A Secretary is Not a Toy", and learning about the “Brotherhood of Man”. Bringing this whimsical Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical adaption to the big Cinemascope screen is writer/director David Swift, a master craftsmen who is best known today for helming Walt Disney’s only sex comedy The Parent Trap (1961) and the touching drama Pollyanna to the screen. The film features songs by Frank Loesser, arrangements by Nelson Riddle, eye popping color design by Mary Blair, choreography based on Bob Fosse stage original, featuring Rudy Vallee, Michele Lee and Maureen Arthur, plus some amazing mid-century period sets! How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying simply succeeds with toe-tapping entertainment on the highest order!
Mixing together a spy thriller with a prison escape story inside the backdrop of World War II you have one of James Garner's best films of his career: 36 Hours. Released by MGM in 1964, the film is pretty much all but forgotten today but tells the story of a Major Pike (Garner) who is one of the handful of senior Allies officers knowing the exact location of the D-Day invasion in 1944 when he is drugged and kidnapped by the Nazi in Lisbon, who are eager to learn the invasion plans. When Pike awakes its 1950, his hair is gray, skin has aged, needs glasses, staying in an American medical hospital in Germany and is told he’s been suffering from amnesia caused by the abduction Lisbon…..or is he? Just a crackerjack film which co-stars Rod Taylor and Eva Marie Saint, that simply keeps you on the edge of your seat. Directed by George Seaton, shot by cinematographer Philip C. Lathrop in Black and White Cinemeascope, and scored by four-time Oscar-winning composer Dmitri Tiomkin, 36 Hours is ready to be rediscovered. Forget the TNT TV-movie remake from the 1990’s, the original 1964 film is highly recommended!!!!
Pass the Popcorn! - W