Sunday, June 29, 2008

Heller in Pink Tights (1960): A Cukor Detour

To begin, I'd probably file Heller in Pink Tights (1960) under "interesting failure" too, but one worth a look, for its visual slyness as much as its garish beauty and theatrical playfulness. An anomaly for director George Cukor (his only western), it seems a bit harsh to trot this one out in the wee small hours of the morning, as part of the celebration of Sophia Loren as the Star of the Month on TCM tonight, 6/26 at 3:30AM EDT. Maybe this placement on the schedule was inevitable since the TCM programmer must have felt an undeniable urge to feature the less dramatically innovative but visually stunning Boy on a Dolphin (1957) earlier in the evening, especially since that production did provide a wondrous chink in the wall of the production code as the lady emerged from the sea, simply as God made her.

Think of the director George Cukor and verbally deft comedies along the lines of Adam's Rib (1948) or the high romance of Camille (1936) or ensembles like The Women (1939) spring to mind, but a Western??...more on the TCM Movie Morlocks site


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