Biblical epics had been huge in the 1950s, topped by the Oscar-winning BEN-HUR at the end of the decade. The 1960s--perhaps due to the failure of the long-in-production CLEOPATRA--was not a decade kind to epics in general. But that didn't stop some big name folks from trying another one with an all-star cast n '66. It was NOT a hit.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Endlessly parodied for years, THE GROUP was from from director Sidney Lumet who would go on to be an A list director throughout the '70s with such fare as NETWORK, THE WIZ, SERPICO and DOG DAY AFTERNOON.
It was the first acting role for young Candice Bergen and established the cool blonde persona that she was never really able to shake until MURPHY BROWN many years later.
The plot followed a number of women from graduation in the early 1930s through the beginning of the War.
A great cast included Joan Hackett, Elizabeth Hartman, Jessica Walter, Larry Hagman, Hal Holbrook and a young and uncredited Peter Boyle.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Here we have someone whose 1966 debut album release was barely noticed. It would, in fact, be another few years before Jim Croce made his mark.