What a movie! The sexual undertones in that thing are crazy (what's the movie about - penetration!) and Lee Merriwether is en fuego. I wish she had done more sexually charged roles in her career because she had a kind of starchy, patrician kind of sex appeal that just takes me down at the knees.
I love it. I watched it again recently and even the infamously intrusive jazz score is great. I mean, yes, it works against the mood for most of the film but the score itself, I just love it.
Wasn't Robert Lansing something? I got to see him do a play in the mid-80s and that was a treat. I have a friend who, towards the end of Lansing's life, was assigned to him as a sort of minder to keep him from drinking. I guess this was during his time as "Control" on The Equalizer, but he was also doing theatre, which is how my friend got dragged into the act. I wonder if I would have liked that job or not.
The first time I saw it I really was incredibly surprised to see such a good central performance in a low-budget sci-fi of the fifties. And that's not a knock against sci-fi, just that even in the good ones, like Forbidden Planet, the performances are pretty standard issue. But Lansing, damn he was actually good. I didn't know about the alcoholism, that's sad to hear. Sometimes though the demons can't be suppressed any other way.
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