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It's 1962, all over again....

"The Music Man" (1962)

The Music Man (1962) sees Robert Preston reprise his Broadway role as Professor Howard Hill, film-flam man extrordinaire. Shirley Jones plays Marion the librarian, and Ron Howard (1, 2) plays her little brother. Buddy Hacket plays an old friend of Hill, who lives in River City, and Hermoine Gingold plays the mayor's wife. The school board is played by The Buffalo Bills. Stage director Morton DaCosta was able to give probably the best translation ever from Broadway to film with this wonderful cast. Even DP, Robert Burkes, had some magic up his sleeves, including shooting from the rafters to give a beautiful prospective on the dance number Shapoopee, and something he called iris in/iris out which had the same effect as a follow spot on a dark stage.

The dialogue is intelligent and hilarious:

"How far are you going, friend?"
"Wherever the people are as green as the money, friend."

"I don't believe I caught your name."
"I don't believe I dropped it."

"What do you folks do around here for excitement?"
"Mind our own business."

"Not one poop out of you, Madam."
"I think he means peep."

"He's been the raspberry seed in my wisdom tooth long enough."

Even the lyrics are intelligent:

"We're so by God stubborn we can stand touching noses for a week at a time and never see eye to eye."

"We've gotta figure out a way to keep the young ones moral after school."

"I cheer, I rave, for the virtue I'm too late to save."

"I hope, and I pray, for Hester to win just one more "A.""

"And the songs are memorable as well, including:"

Trouble (.wav file)
76 Trombones
And 'Til there Was You (which the Beatles later recorded).

The DVD is amazing, with a sharp, saturated transfer, and loads of extras. One interesting tidbit from the extras is that Shirley Jones found out she was pregnant 3 months into the 9 month shoot. They hid the fact with girdles and ruffles on the costumes. The Music Man won an Oscar for best adaptation of music from stage to screen, and was nominated for several others. If you are a serious film fan, this DVD is a must own. Note that it is G, and has no nudity, but Shirley fiiiills out her blouse well.

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  • Shirley Jones (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18)

    "Dr. No" (1962)

    Dr. No is the first of the Bond films to be made, and set much of the tone for future efforts. Sean Connery plays Bond much more closely to the Fleming books than in any other of the series. We are introduced to M, Moneypenny and Felix Leighter. Bond has less sense of humor, and is actually much the worse for wear by the end, where he is bloody and has a torn short. Ursula Andress plays his love interest as the first Bond girl, and the one who set the tone for all future Bond girls. The scene where she emerges from the surf is one of the best known in film. We have the beginnings of the trademark Bond titles, and the Bond theme premiers. Other than some nice calypso numbers, the rest of the score is a little heavy-handed. Still and all, Dr. No is one of the better Bond efforts. IMDB readers have it at a respectable 7.5, and the critics give it between 3 and 3 1/2 stars.

    Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the death of a British agent, and the "toppling" of American spacecraft off course. There are no gadgets, limited special effects, one average car chase, and lots of hand to hand action from Connery. Dr. No also became the prototype for future Bond villains. It was a huge financial success, returning nearly $60m worldwide for a .9m budget. The voice of Andress was dubbed, as her accent was too thick (and probably still is today. With the first film being so successful, it is no wonder the Bond series became the longest in film history.

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  • Ursula Andress (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20)
  • Zena Marshall (1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)
    • Both Aussie and OZ wrote to tell me that Janet McTeer has done nude scenes in "Portrait of a Marriage" as well as "Dead Romantic". The scene that we identified from Portrait of a Marriage (not a vidcap, but a scan from Celebrity Sleuth) is actually from Dead Romantic.
    • I few notes on Scoopy Jr's comments about "Joysticks". He just remembered it that way because he didn't have the complete picture. My video game job was just a front. I couldn't tell him at the time, but my real job was working for the CIA, keeping an eye on Joe Don Baker. (They reserve the right to investigate anyone who may be playing a CIA operative in future movies.) So it was really my job to go to Joysticks, and to convince Jr. it was his idea. In addition, it was a cinema classic, not to be missed, since it includes the two best things a movie can have:
    1. nudity
    2. Joe Don Baker.

    • I wrote a few words about "Carried Away", but the film is not available on DVD, and Tomcat did the captures. When it is on DVD, you can bet that Tuna and I will have a bazillion caps from it.

    Amy Irving in "Carried Away" (1, 2)

    Amy Locane in "Carried Away" (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    TomCat and others did some assorted movies to add to the stew.

    Here's Joanna Bogacka in "I Have Killed" (1, 2, 3)

    Joanna Brodzik in "Children and Fish" (I think that's the right translation, but I don't "get it".)

    Various scans of Joanna Brodzik (1, 2, 3)

    Cathy Ringer in "The Education of Ophelia"

    Dalila Di Lazzaro in "Flesh for Frankenstein" (1, 2)

    Sylva Koscina in "Boccaccio"

    Edwina Fenech in "Cativi Pensioniere"

    Graphic Response
  • Mena Suvari, "American Beauty"
  • Thora Birch, "American Beauty"
  • Oz
    Elle Macpherson

    Sophie Dahl

    First, a couple of scans. No nudity from Elle, just some nice lingerie. Secondly, side-on nudity is shown by Sophie Dahl in an ad for Opium perfume.
    Lorraine Bracco
    (1, 2)


    It was rated PG, but the movie "Medicine Man" had some very nice see-through nudity of Lorraine Bracco after she got wet in the Mexican jungle. There was also some topless natives involved in the action.
    Sasha Preston

    Bee Valasquez

    Rachael James
    (1, 2)

    "All the Way" is an enjoyable Australian comedy. The plot is simple. A group of friends need to raise a lot of money very quickly. To do this they decide to make a porno film. Rachael James and Bee Valasquez are the two actresses who auditioned for the leading roles and got the job. There is not as much nudity as you would hope for, mainly topless scenes. Sasha Preston is just a nice bit of eye candy.
    Carol White
    (1, 2)

    Kate Williams

    "Poor Cow":
    Carol White stars in this British movie made in 1967. In the movie she came from a poor background and it's the story of her struggle for a decent existence. Most of the caps show Carol and Kate Williams model for a group of lechers with cameras. Fans of British comedy will recognize Kate from the hit '70s show Love Thy Neighbour.
    Asia Argento

    Laura Johnson

    From "Trauma"...Some topless nudity from Asia Argento - this has appeared before in the Fun House. Not so common is the topless nudity by Laura Johnson. Unfortunately, it was dark and brief.
    Sharon Small
    (1, 2)
    Some topless nudity by Sharon when she takes a bath in Bumping the Odds in 1995.
    Celeb Lover
    Anke Schwiekowski Topless 'caps from and episode of "Aus heiterem Himmel".
    Deborah Falconer Topless exposure in scenes from the German movie "Mr. Bluesman".
    Geraldine O'Rawe In 'caps from "Die Harfenspielerin".
    Jana Hora Topless 'caps from "Himmel und Erde".
    Nina Hoger More topless scenes from German TV...the 'caps from "Enthüllung einer Ehe".
    Susanna Simon From "Mord im Swingerclub". Topless as well as frontal nudity.
    Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
    (1, 2)
    Topless as well as full frontal nudity from "Oublie-moi".
    and ...
    Laetitia Casta
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,
    7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
    A superb collection of come of Laetitia's greatest poses by Blackshine.

    #1 All nude with bum cleavage and nipple just out of site on the cover of Rolling Stone.
    #2 Tribute to 50's pin up babes with a lot of cleavage and a hint of nipple.
    #3 Fun in the sand. mostly clothed, but still a hint of nipple.
    #4 For some reason when I see this one I think "Blue Lagoon"
    #5 Gorgeous B&W with Laetitia topless and dusted with sand.
    #6 Artistic see-thru.
    #7 B&W with great side breast exposure (no nipple) and some bum cleavage.
    #8 A familiar, fully nude B&W.
    #9 A very see-thru top.
    #10 More see-thru action.
    #11 A final see-thru.

    Thandie Newton
    (1, 2, 3, 4)
    Excellent DVD 'caps by Akira from "Mission Impossible 2". No nudity, but still great stuff. Looks like #1 has the most cleavage.
    Amber Newman One of my least favorite of all of the current crop of Skinemax regulars. But as always, great job by Donbun! Vidcaps from "Tender Flesh".
    Natasha Henstridge From the incredibly lame Van-Damme movie "Maximum Risk". One of the many movies in which he plays twins. I guess once he found Rodman, the "Muscles from Brussels" finally had a partner worthy of sharing the top billing on the video box. Scary thought, isn't it. Anyway, This was Natasha's second movie appearance. Naturally, after being nekkid for 95% of her screen time in "Species", this topless scene as expected. Thanks to UC99.
    The Funnies
  • One more version of the Florida Ballot

    Actually, A few folks have sent email asking why we're picking on the democrats. Let me clarify that by saying we are not. Someone else is, and we're just passing along the laughs. Naturally in all fairness, if anyone wants to send us jokes about Republicans, or the Green Party, we'll post those too.

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