"In Harm's Way"

In Harm's Way (1965) is an Otto Preminger film staring John Wayne, with Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Paula Prentiss, Jill Haworth, Dana Andrews, Burgess Meredith, Franchot Tone, Slim Pickins, James Mitchum, George Kennedy, Barbara Bouchet, Larry Hagman, Carroll O'Connor and Henry Fonda. The film opens the evening of Decenmer 6, 1941, at a dance in the officer's club at Pearl harbor. We meet a few of the characters, most notably Barbara Bouchet, whose husband is aboard ship. She is a party girl, dances seductively, then leaves with another officer. The two go to the beach, she skinnydips, cut to them waking up under a blanket on the beach, and all the Zeros in the world descending on them. Wayne is the commander of a battle wagon, and one of the few to get his ship out of the harbor to relative safety, only to be hit by a torpedo.

His arm is broken, but, more importantly, he deviated from standard procedure, and is made to ride a desk. We meet his son whom he has not seen since he was a child and Wayne divorced. The son is now a Jr. officer, but, raised by his wealthy mother, is a snob and a politician, wanting to ride out the war as a journalist, and staff to a congressman turned officer. The son is dating Jill Haworth, a young nurse, but his intentions are anything but honorable. Wayne meets her roommate, Patricia Neal, and they start a romance. For the rest of the film, Wayne struggles to get a shipboard command back, and then win WW II by himself.

The story, based on the novel Harm's Way by James Basset, is far more complicated than that, and completely fills the 2 hour and 45 minute running time. The entire film was shot on location, and battle scenes were filmed aboard Naval vessels. Bouchet shows most of her breasts in the skinneydipping scene, and Jill Haworth has good see-through action just before she is raped. Despite nudity, strong sexuality, war violence and a rape, this was rated PG.

IMDb readers have this at 7.0. It was nominated for an Oscar for Black and White cinematography, and Patricia Neal won a best foreign actress BAFTA. The complex plot was very much in line with other WW II films, and Preminger's trademark epic scope was very much in evidence. While this was a late entry into the WW II war hero genre, it was a good one. For me, the strength of the film was in developing characters and relationships making it much more than an historical reenactment. This is a C+.

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  • Barbara Bouchet (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Jill Haworth (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)


    Mobsters (1991) is a Mafia story chronicling the rise of Luck Luciano and his partners Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel and Frank Costello. Sarting as street toughs in a rough neighborhood run by waring Dons, they fight their way to the top, starting with small time bootlegging. Leads included Christian Slater, Patrick Dempsey, Richard Grieco, Costas Mandylor and Lara Flynn Boyle as Slater's main squeeze. I personally saw nothing to elevate this above standard Mafia film level, other than very nice cinematography.

    The nudity was a huge disappointment. A body double for Lara Flynn Boyle shows a breast, if you single frame through a jumbled sex scene, an unknown and out of focus showgirls shows breasts in the background, and Lynette Waldon shows breasts. Although her head is not in the frame along with her breasts, the shot was a continuous pan down from her face, so they are at least her breasts. IMDb readers have this at 5.2 which is about right. Not especially bad or especially good, in other words, nothing special. C.

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    Best Oscar Winning Nude Performance

    Of the Best Actress Winners who showed nudity in their award winning roles, who gave the best nude performance? I think I've included every actress to show Oscar some skin. If I missed anyone, let me know.

    There are a couple on the list that push the definition of nudity, (Hunt's scenes were see-thru and partial, MacLaine's nudity was very brief, and Christie's was rear only) but it's my poll, so ppphhhtttt :-p

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    Ana Serradilla
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16)

    No nudity from the Mexican actress in these 'caps from "Un Mundo raro" (2001), but she does look pretty darn good in several form fitting outfits. She also shows some cleavage, strips down to her bra and shows us a down-shirt view while she's bent over a desk gettin' some lovin'.

    Sung Hyun-a
    (1, 2)

    I belive the IMDb has her listed as Hyeon-a Seong. Here she is in scenes from the Korean movie "Juhong geulshi" aka "The Scarlet Letter" (2004). We see some far off toplessness as well as partial breast and bum views.

    Here's a fantastic set of collages by Zon featuring the ladies (and nudity) from the excellent, early 90's HBO series "Dream On".

    Check out the 10/08/04 and 10/09/04 updates in the Back Issues for Scoop's comments about the series and even more pics.

    • Laura Albert. Topless in #1. Tied to the bed with whip cream on her breasts in #2. (1, 2)

    • Susan Ashley, stripping off her shirt. Some 30-somethings may remember her as one of the former hostesses of the MTV game show "Remote Control".

    • Carolyn Lowery, very nice topless in scenes from the episode "And Your Little Dog, Too". (1, 2)

    • Cherie Michan shows off her big'uns after losing a hand during a game of strip poker. (1, 2, 3)

    • Paula Trickey topless in bed in scenes from the episode "Futile Attraction". You may remember her as one of the stars of late 90's series "Pacific Blue".

    • Also from the "Futile Attraction" episode, Connie Woods gets topless and fulfills a cheerleader fantasy at the same time.

    Johnny Moronic
    Johnny Moronic takes a look at the 'urban' film, "Trois 3: The Escort" (2004).

    • Maya Tai Dorsey, topless and baring a little bum in a sex scene. (1, 2)

    • Patrice Fisher shows toplessness and thong views while getting up from the massage table. (1, 2)

    Victoria Beckham The former Spice Girl posing nude for charity. The source: a book called "Four Inches". The charity: Elton John AIDS foundation. The nudity: she's fully nude in a side view with strategic placement of arms, shoes and hips so that she doesn't reveal too much.

    Kathleen Kinmont Kitt 'caps of the busty B-babe and former Mrs. Lorenzo Lamas showing off her big'uns in scenes from "Rush Week" (1989).

    Maia Cathrine Stien Karlsen
    (1, 2)

    Marvin 'caps featuring Karlsen baring almost everything while riding a dude in scenes from the Norwegian movie "Mørkets øy" aka "Island of Darkness" (1997).

    Chiara Caselli
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

    Señor Skin 'caps of the Italian actress baring breasts and bum while gettin' it on with Keanu in scenes from the 1991 Gus Van Sant movie "My Own Private Idaho".

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    Not That Desperate - "Desperate Housewives" star Marcia Cross says that ever since a phony rumor she's a lesbian hit the Internet, men have been trying to "convert" her. She told the New York Post that at a recent Hollywood party, a man came up and whispered, "I heard you were gay. Let's get a room and prove that wrong." She replied, "Sorry, I'd much rather be gay than sleep with you just to prove I wasn't."

  • And the guy replied, "Okay, then can I watch?"
  • When she turned him down, he knew she MUST be gay.
  • She should've shown more respect and just said, "No thank you, President Clinton."
  • A few encounters with men like that, and she might decide to just become a lesbian.

    I Saw This On "CSI" - Police in Brunssum, Holland, got calls that a young blonde in high heels and fishnets was struggling with three men who'd handcuffed, gagged and blindfolded her and were stuffing her into a van. 22 cops rushed to the scene, but it was just an elaborate sex game. When they burst into the van, nabbed two half-dressed men, and ungagged the woman, she yelled, "You stupid bastards! I've been trying to set this up for months! And now you've ruined it, just when it was getting interesting!" They advised her to stage her pretend kidnapings in her home.

  • She usually does...Her neighbors don't bother calling the police anymore.
  • Why did she send them away? They were 22 men with handcuffs!
  • Her fantasy was to be kidnaped, and the men's fantasy was to gag her.
  • Next time she's being stuffed into a van, the police will know to ignore her.