Monthly Archives: November 2011

Film: The terrrible, horrible death of Susan Cabot

Susan Cabot – Nee Harriet Shapiro (July 9, 1927 – December 10, 1986)     Poor, beautiful Susan Cabot. Susan was a stage actress in NY when she was ‘discovered’ and taken to Hollywood to star in a series of B-Westerns. Never attaining A-list status Susans’ best known roll is arguably 1959’s The Wasp Woman – about a ageing cosmetics executive who finds that wasp venom will temporarily make her appear younger – but eventualy turn her into a blood thirsty murdering wasp-creature. Wasp Woman was Susan’s last film. In 1960 she had an affair w/ King Hussien of Jordan but was dumped when he found out she was actually Jewish. In 1968, she married second husband Michael Roman with whom she had one son, Timothy Scott Roman, before divorcing in 1983. Here’s where it gets weird. Susan’s son was born with dwarfism and suffered severe psychological problems. Susan didn’t help much by keeping him vertually housebound. On the night of December 10, 1986, around 10:30 pm, police responded to a call that there was an intruder at the house. When they arrived, Roman told them that “a tall Latino with curly hair, dressed like a Japanese Ninja warrior”, had attacked them both, making off with about $70,000 cash. Roman told the cops that he fought with the intruder, and was knocked out. Susan had been murdered with a barbell. Eventually it became clear that 21 year old Roman was the murderer and received….. wait for it…… a 3 year suspended sentence. Turns out Susan was treating him w/ an untested growth hormone that changed his natural height of 4 ” to 5″4′ – causing some very, very bad side effects.

Susan Cabot Pin-Up

The Wasp Woman Movie Poster – 1959

The Wasp Woman

Bond Drive

Lobby Card

Machine Gun Kelly w/ Charles Bronson

Poster – Without His Gun He Was Naked Yellow

Publicity shot – 1953

Double Bill – The Fly w/ The Wasp Woman

The Art of Packaging: LAFF Records

LAFF Records was a small independant lable based in LA specializing in adult comedy records in the early 70’s. Their galaxie of stars included Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, George Carlin, LaWanda Page, ventriloquist duo Richard & Willie and Skillet & Leroy – to name a few. Looking back now they may seem racist or at the very least badly stereotypical of the times, but LAFF was the place to be for a young comic with blue material, black or white. The biggest sellers though were the black party records with their racy artwork and suggestive taglines – and man, they are dirty and hilarious. Whomever designed these things must have been crazy themselves, wild type, everywhere all placed over some pretty bad photography. A lot of the LAFF stars found fame, especially in the mid 70’s when TV started excepting black characters and black sitcoms. Redd Foxx, Skillet & Leroy and LaWanda Page all went on to star in Sanford & Son. Richard Pryor became one of the biggest comedians and movie stars of the 70’s-80’s. Only a bit of this stuff has made it to CD – the Pryor and Foxx stuff mostly, so the only way you’ll hear it is if you find them in the bins at your local Goodwill. Try though – it’s worth the effort.

“I’ll Put My Mojo Double-Love Pakka-Mame on You!!!”

"Do I Hear an Amen From You M $% F *$ S

The Fabulous Auntie Tina Dixon

Richard Pryor - CRAPS

Skillet & Leroy

Baroness Bobo - There's a Mouse in My Pants

Mantan Moreland - Elsie's Sportin' House

"Grease Your Chimney...The Clown Prince of Comedy is Slidin' In!"

LaWanda Page - Pipe Layin' Dan

Skillet & Leroy & LaWanda - Back Door Daddy

Music: The Sex Pistols American Tour – 1978

Sex Pistols tour of the American South. Seven shows, ten days. Coming at a time when The Pistols could have had huge sold out shows in major cities like New York and LA, manager Malcolm McClaren chose to book them in redneck dive bars throughout the deep South instead. His plan was to cause as much shit as he possibly could in a short amount of time. He achieved that, in spades. Early in the tour, Vicious wandered off looking for drugs. He was found in a hospital, having carved the words “Gimme a fix” in his chest with a razor. During a concert in San Antonio he called the crowd “a bunch of faggots”, before striking an audience member across the head with his bass. Suffering from heroin withdrawal during a show in Dallas he spat blood at a woman who had climbed onstage and punched him in the face. He was admitted to hospital later that night to treat various injuries. Offstage he is said to have kicked a female photographer, attacked a security guard, and eventually challenged one of his own bodyguards to a fight. Johnny suffering from the flu for the better part of the tour hated the whole thing and gave as luckluster a performance as he could manage. He made it to the final show at San Fransisco’s Winterland until he craked on the encore uttering the famous line, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated? Good night”— disolving the band for good.

Tour Schedule:

Jan. 5: Great Southeast Music Hall, Atlanta, Ga.         Jan. 6: Taliesyn Ballroom, Memphis, Tenn.

Jan. 8: Randy’s Rodeo, San Antonio, Texas                  Jan. 9: Kingfish Club, Baton Rouge, La.

Jan. 10: Longhorn Ballroom, Dallas, Texas                  Jan. 12: Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, Okla.

Jan. 14: Winterland, San Francisco, Calif.

The Debut Show - Great Southeast Music Hall, Atlanta, Ga. - Jan. 5, 1978

Randy's Rodeo - Jan. 8, 1978

The Longhorn Ballroom - Dallas TX

At the Longhorn - Jan 10, 1978 - Paul w/ fans - Johnny

Before the Longhorn show

Sid, John & Steve

Sid & John - 'Gimme a Fix' cut into Sid's chest

Sidney and fans

Cains Ballroom - Tulsa, OK - Jan. 12, 1978

Johnny at Cains

Winterland, San Francisco Jan 14, 1978 - The final Sex Pistols show

 

Everyone Loves: Gene Tierney

Gene Eliza Tierney (November 19, 1920 – November 6, 1991)  Voted one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood in the 1940’s, Gene was hot. With that overbite and bright green eyes she made her mark – most notably in the films, Heaven Can Wait – 1943, Laura – 1944 (from which David Lynch based his Twin Peaks series), Leave Her to Heaven – 1945 and The Razors Edge -1946. She would act into the 1970’s but the mid-40’s were her peak years. Sadly, Gene suffered from severe Bipolar disorder and was hospitalized and given shock treatment in the 50’s derailing her carrer for some time. If you’ve never seen a Gene Tierney film, start with Laura – it’s perfect.

Leave Her to Heaven - 1945

Laura - 1944 with Clifton Webb

Early publicity shot

Laura - Dana Andrews and the Famous Painting

Leave Her to Heaven

French Poster for Laura and Paper Dolls

Gene and sister Patricia c. 1940

 

Film: Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! – 1965 directed by Russ Meyer
Here’s the story – Three thrill-seeking big-breasted go-go dancers—Billie, Rosie, and their leader, Varla – encounter a young couple in the desert while racing their sports cars. After killing the boyfriend with her bare hands, Varla drugs, binds, gags and kidnaps his girlfriend. On a desolate highway, the four stop at a gas station, where they see an old man and his muscular, dimwitted son, Vegetable. The gas station attendant tells the women that the old man and his two sons live on a decrepit ranch with a hidden cache of money. The girls try to get their hands on the cash by any means possible. Shot in the Mojave desert in 1964 on a limited budget, Faster Pussycat… is, among other things,  unintentionally hilarious. Tura Satana ( born Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi), the beautiful part American Indian, part Japanese actress shouts all her lines at the top of her voice and screams at everyone. Haji (born Barbarella Catton) wrote most of her own lines, which make little sense and were delivered in an odd Italian-ish accent and Lori Williams, well, she just danced alot and pissed off Turas character. Bits of violence, crazy dialouge but for some reason, no nudity, this is a classic.

Haji as Rosie, Lori Williams as Billie & Tura Satana as Varla

U.S. Film Poster - 1965

Rosie, Billie & Varla - German Lobby Card

Haji

The Girls

German Poster - Die Satanswieber von Tittifield - The Devil Women of Boob Land

Tura Satana Fightin'

Haji (butt), Dennis Busch, Stuart Lancaster, Tura (butt)

The Girls Relaxing - Tura Smiling

The Fabulous Haji - Promo Shot

 

 

The Art of Packaging: Paperbacks and Bad Women

That’s right – All women are bad. They’re sexy and hot, but they’ll wreck your life, take your money and maybe even kill you. So says these particular paperbacks. So be careful when you run across “The Girl Who Killed Things” or “The Girl from Hateville”.

Lady Wrestler - "She Wrestled w/ Sin and Got Pinned"

Bedroom on Wheels - "The Man Called Her Julia, The Woman Called Her Tramp."

Death Deep Down - Topside She was All Honey & Sex & Woman, Underwater She Had the Conscience of a Shark"

Office Tramp - "Her Job Was to Keep the Bosses Happy, & it Wasn't Taking Dictation"

Hells Angels - "Her Life Was a Paridise of Sex and Drugs..."

Shame Star - "As a Lust Model She Bathed in Passion Money!"

Lust Dupe - "Twisted Passion Made Her a ....."