JAN 20: Cinema Saturday With Special Guest Nancy Alexander!

January 20th marked the third Saturday of the month and that meant time for another Cinema Saturday on Coastal A&E! It was hour long On The Air conversation on Delaware 105.9 FM about all things Silver Screen! PLUS – for the entire hour – I had as my in-studio Special Guest, Nancy Alexander, Director of The Rehoboth Beach Museum! Nancy discussed her life long passion for costuming for stage and screen and how an actor uses costume to construct a character on screen and more!

Also – look for mention of these three items – 1: Your’s truly was able to catch the last showing of Wait For Your Laugh at the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s wonderful Cinema Art Theatre. The fascinating documentary covers the life of Showbiz Legend Rose Marie, who, until her death a few months after the film’s release at the age of 94, had a 90 year career on the stage and screen.

Special Guest Nancy Alexander with Host Michael Sprouse in the Delaware 105.9 FM studios.

An excerpt from the film’s website states : “She’s “left them laughing” and applauding for nine decades, as she traversed through every 20th century entertainment medium that ever was as a singer and brilliant comedienne. With “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” she was part of the cast of one of the most iconic television shows of the 1960s and what’s more, she played a woman TV writer who held her own with the men, thus, planting the seed in the minds of her viewers, that girls could grow up to have interesting and creative jobs too!”

I’m not sure if the film will make its way back to Delmarva any time soon, but I expect to see it as a streamable option soon!

2: Speaking of show biz women who made it to their 90’s – Oscar Winning Actress Dorothy Malone has died at the age of 93, just days shy of her 94th birthday. Best known for her role as Constance Carson on prime-time soap opera Peyton Place, Malone won her Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1956 portraying an alcoholic nymphomaniac who tries to steal a married Rock Hudson from Lauren Bacall in Written on the Wind. 

She was great in that role of course, but one of my favorite roles of Malone’s is from one of my favorite films of all times – The Big Sleep from 1946 starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. It’s a Film Noir classic and it is steeped in innuendo and gumshoe detective glory.

Malone has a brief – but memorable – role as a book store nerd who is intrigued enough by Bogie’s charm on a rainy, Saturday afternoon to close the shop early, take off her glasses, let down her hair and share a “pretty good bottle” of Bogie’s Rye in a paper cup. Subtle. Steamy. Stellar.

3: I was lucky enough to spend Friday evening with friends, pizza and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. I’m a Spaghetti Western freak and this is one of the best. In fact, this ground-breaking,1966 Sergio Leone classic film is now considered to be one of the best Westerns ever made. I’ve seen this film more times than I can remember and I still seem to find something new with each viewing. The production notes from the Wikipedia link above are amazing. The fact that cast and crew weren’t killed during production is amazing. The fact that the cast and crew didn’t kill each other is amazing!

Travis Banton, Dress for Cleopatra directed by Cecil B. DeMille, 1934 (left) Claudette Colbert in costume (right)

Nancy and I have a fun conversation about Eli Wallach’s use of the pink parasol his character Tuco uses to keep the sun off as he tortures/forces Clint Eastwood’s character (Blondie) to walk the desert practically to the point of death. Other famous costuming props and how they can flesh out a character make the conversation as well.  Sometimes these costume props become an integral part of the character to the point of it being etched into the personificaiotn of the character in the public psyche – for example, Indiana Jones’ fedora hat.

Nancy also mentions a number of amazing film costumes that she has seen in person and studied in-depth over the years, including this green silk dress created for Claudette Colbert for the role of Cleopatra from 1934.

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