Thursday, January 24, 2008

Hollywood agents, Yul, Danny, and The Loved One (1964)

No great pearls of information to impart here, and not much connection between the two images - - just a couple of photos I liked from an old magazine article...

'The Men Who Rule The Stars' told of the power and influence of the top Hollywood talent agents.

The piece ran in the October 24th, 1964 issue of The Saturday Evening Post.

I would have found it hard to imagine a completely casual moment passing between Danny Kaye and Yul Brynner.

Even in this shot, ⬅ with their agent Ted Ashley, it seems like hanging out with those guys might be a little tense.

Probably I'm mistaken...

Below, ⬇ even if it's an unremarkable photo, I was very pleased to see this image of a quiet moment behind the scenes on the set of one of my favorite films, 'The Loved One'.

Agent George Chasin and movie producer Martin Ransohoff look to be sitting around at
Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills as it's somewhere in the process of being dressed for a scene in the film.

If you've never seen it, 'The Loved One' from 1965 was a terribly cynical and dark comedy that followed on the heels of 'Dr. Strangelove' - - Director Tony Richardson attempting to do for the funeral business what Stanley Kubrick had previously done for the Cold War.

Billed as 'The motion picture with something to offend everyone!', screenwriters Terry Southern and Christopher Isherwood adapted and expanded upon Evelyn Waugh's quiet and sly novel, turning it into "an all-out attack on Hollywood, consumerism and the hypocrisies surrounding man's fear of death".

A stellar, high-sixties cast, and achingly beautiful black & white cinematography from Haskell Wexler.

Perhaps it's not for everyone, but I think it still needs to be seen.

Stick the DVD in your queue!


K. R. Seward said...

Thanks for these cool pic postings.

I think you're dead on about Yul and Danny and a "casual moment".

And yes, the film The Loved One totally rocks. Rod Steiger, Robert Morse, Jonathan Winters and Lee freakin' Liberace are just a few of the great players involved.

Also, FWIW, a friend & I once formed The Loved Ones, surely one of many bands to be (er, loosely) named after this movie.

So, many thanks.

The In Crowd said...

K.R. - -

Thanks for sharing. I've been enjoying your various ___-kayness blogs.

So - - which 'Loved Ones' were you in?

Not the bay area-Bart Davenport band I used to play on KALX. was it?

Gavin Elster said...

I grew up in Hollywood.
This film is a nice showcase of los angeles in transition.

Nothing puts fear into me more than the thought of hanging from a swing on a stilt house. I'd rather jump before the earthquake hits and I get flung into the San Fernando Valley.

Larry said...

Love this movie. They ought to show this and 'Lord Love a Duck' in a double feature on the dark heart of mid-60's California.

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