Monday, May 22, 2017

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Rocky: The doctor's decision is: Lillian Kramer stays on in the marathon! The doctor's assured me Lillian just has a slight sinus headache. 
Gloria: Headache. For all that quack knows she's... she's got a brain tumor. 
Robert: No, I don't think so. Only I'm not exactly sure, but I think it's different with a brain tumor. Different symptoms. 
Gloria: Yeah? How do you know? 
Robert: I saw it in a movie. Anita Louise and Richard Cromwell. That's what she died of. Anita Louise. A brain tumor. But it was different. Everything just suddenly got dim for her one day until finally she couldn't see at all. She couldn't even see Richard Cromwell when she kissed him goodbye. 
Gloria: Yeah? And well then she just died? 
Robert: Kind of. She just drifted off listening to her favorite tune. And then she was dead. 
Gloria: No pain or anything? They probably lied. 

I'm in kind of a terrible mood today so I can't think of anything more appropriate than this miserable movie (nevertheless one of my favorite films of its year) or this miserable conversation therein, to mark the moment with. Luckily it's also the actor Michael Sarrazin's birthday (he was born on this day in 1940; he died in 2011) so I have a bit more reason for sharing this specific miserablism.

Has anyone ever seen the other movie Sarrazin released in 1969, Eye of the Cat? I have not but as I looked up things about him for this post I discovered this love letter to the movie from another blogger who seems to share my interests (aka goofy old horror movies with hot guys in them) and now I must see it immediately.

The movie was written by Joseph Stefano, tho wrote Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, but even with a shower scene I don't think it's quite up to Psycho's standards. It's about a young couple who want to rob an old lady -- played by The Sound of Music's Eleanor Parker, who was only in her 40s when she made this movie, but in Hollywood in the 1960s that meant she could play old ladies -- but she's got a house full of cats and the male robber (played by a generously ogled Sarrazin) is terrified of cats. 

As you can see by that video the movie's not gotten the 4K restoration treatment it so richly deserves; it's never been put out onto DVD or blu-ray; heck I don't even see a VHS tape on Amazon. The whole thing is uploaded, in awful quality, onto Dailymotion though - here's the first part and you can click onto the second half from there. This might cheer up a pretty dour day.


Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear you're in a bad mood today. I hope this puts a smile on your face: You're the best movie/tv/pop culture blogger out there... simply the best!

JA said...

Aww thanks, anon ;)

joel65913 said...

I have seen the wacky Eye of the Cat and it was as dreadfully marvelous as you'd think it would be. Eleanor gives you slumming MOVIE STAR greatness, Gayle Hunnicutt is extremely beautiful and rather ruthless and Sarrazin puts his lean physique on display quite frequently. There is also another rather dishy character who isn't as big a player as those three but provides eye candy when he does show up.

By the way Ken's blog, Dreams are What Le Cinema is For, that you linked to is a great one with amazing critiques of a multitude of films. Including a great one on They Shoot Horses, Don't They? which I agree is both a completely emotionally devastating view and a great film at the same time.

Paul Adams said...

OMG! I saw that movie at the theatre with my big brother when I was like 5. I had such a crush on Michael Sarrazin. Thanks for the flashback! now I'm not going to get anything done for the rest of the day... :)