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 Posted:   Jun 21, 2010 - 8:26 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Anytime her name came up on a TV guest shot was always good news!

"Route 66"-1960

"Burke's Law"-1963

"The Streets Of San Francisco"-1973

 Posted:   Jun 21, 2010 - 10:25 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Wunnerful Pix, HooRaq, Thankee Veddy Muchee Department:

There was also

And lest we forget her stand-out sultriness


Who SEZ tangible intelligence

ain't incredibly sensual?

 Posted:   Jun 21, 2010 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

As Friar Ford

Wood Sey -


 Posted:   Jun 23, 2010 - 8:35 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Now Here’s His Take on The Twin Cities Department:

Interesting enuff, the four Helm-ers had only two directors, with Henry Levin coming aboard

this second outing (and the follow-up fiasco).

But the series really got a special boost via Lalo Schifrin’s

positively smashing score (one of the best for any spy flick anytime, anywhere, anywhen!)

As to that, this one probably ranks a tad below “The Wrecking Crew” – it’s uneven but
still has plenty of entertaining pizazz

(and Corinne Cole as a Miss January you’d love starting your year off with).

Which brings us to Camilla Sparv.

Were she in a Bond film, she’s be referred to as the obligatory sacrificial lamb –

mind you,she doesn’t have overly much to do other than share genial barbs with baddie Karl Malden.

Ms. Sparv didn’t have what you’d call an especially memorable Hollywood career, tho she didn’t do
too badly - opposite Mr. Flint himself in

So she’s certainly picturesque enough,

tho the role doesn’t require her to be anything other than visual window-dressing.

As such,

one can’t fault her on that score.

And that pretty much brings us

to the main event (as her billing attests) …

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2010 - 7:15 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Hokay, Now We Come

To The Main Event

Department (nah, this tidbit below ain’t from the flick, but it’s purty durn nifty anyway, no?):

The obvious age dis-connection aside,

Ann-Marget’s appearance can’t be faulted on the energy level

as she generates enough physical action all on her own in the sequences spotlighting her gymnastic assets.

Cast as a pivotal plot peg (hay - y’all be nice now, y’hear? wink)

she and Dino have an effortless chemistry

However, it’s not until she struts her stuff in the discotheque sequence that she gives a whole new meaning
to the phrase ‘pulsating’.

However, the show hasta get things back on course so Suzie and Matt eventually join forces against
those dastardly dudes always trying to take over/destroy/blow up/ransom or otherwise wreck the world.

Still, All’s Well That Helm’s Well

and the fade-in

has the obligatory fade-out (and into)

the not-so-private swinging spy’s


Which brings us to our final colorful installment –

The First and

the Best of ‘Em All

smile Seeeeeeeeee? Cyd knows. smile

 Posted:   Jul 6, 2010 - 7:23 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Now We Come to Matt Helm’s Inauguaral Eye-Openin' Opus Department:

Before we generally revisit some of the behind-the-scenes production details,
let’s just jump right in and optimistically oogle

one of the more luscious lookers of the 60s,

Whilst the striking Miss Kovack suffered no lack of fabulous footage

throughout her many visitations of both the large

and small screen,

in our ever-unhumble opinion, she was never better showcased than here

HELM SPOILER ALERT, HELM SPOILER ALERT, Proceed At Your Own Revelatory Risk.

Still, ya gotta admit, she sure got the show on the road in sultry style, didn’t she?

This One’s for You, HooRaq (shhhh - and we won’t tell

big grin

 Posted:   Jul 6, 2010 - 9:30 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Nancy always had the face to die for. smile

Having perfect facial beauty is one thing that enabled her to rank not too far behind Raquel, who also has it. wink

One can only wonder if "Jason And The Argonauts" had been successful and generated a sequel in which Nancy would have had a much bigger part as Medea, that she might have been able to enjoy much greater stardom (at least to the point where she wouldn't have gotten such a thanklessly brief role in the Helm film, and instead been one of the leads!)

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2010 - 8:45 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Wotta Bea-U-ti-ful Background You Have Department:

didn’t have what you’d call

an eye-popping career

(except for the natural adornments

a most benevolent Nature provided her)

she certainly hit the bullseye as Lovey Kravezit, our spy’s always-accomodating secretary.

She had a sweet presence in this one but wasn’t seen to nearly the same advantage in the 2nd and 3rd Helm-ers. Her character (which is purely an invention of the films) had the potential to contribute something charming along the lines of Lois Maxwell’s Miss Moneypenny had the films continued but such simply wasn’t to be.

Still, she achieved a measure of lasting fame that time has nothing to erode (same could be said for her beauty, also, no?)

Which brings us to

O You Cyd Department:

She’d already established herself as a dancer par excellence

in many classic films long before

she bestowed

her ignited

charisma in the opening sequence

She was just getting started, however,

because she then returned in a pivotal sequence to dazzling effect

(to a blistering and glorious Elmer Bernstein musical number, “Santiago” –
sung, ala the title tune, by

It was a wonderful (and unexpected) way to kick off the flick in such a brassy show-biz manner,

but the highly entertaining dividends it delivered due to Mme. Charisse’s sizzling
dancing more than insured the gamble hit the target.

It’s absolutely noooo wonder why she was such an unforgettable part of so many great musicals.

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2010 - 12:27 PM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

Nancy always had the face to die for. smile

Having perfect facial beauty is one thing that enabled her to rank not too far behind Raquel,......

I prefer Nancy over Raquel any day, despite the fact that she is a blond

.... who also has it. wink

"Miss Wells is brought to you by..... Photoshop and Vaselens, the makers of soft focus lenses."

 Posted:   Jul 20, 2010 - 1:57 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

.....One can only wonder if "Jason And The Argonauts" had been successful and generated a sequel in which Nancy would have had a much bigger part as Medea, that she might have been able to enjoy much greater stardom (at least to the point where she wouldn't have gotten such a thanklessly brief role in the Helm film, and instead been one of the leads!.....

In the final analysis, Nancy Kovack's important stardom didn't come from her 20 years of movies or TV, but rather from recognition in Los Angeles and New York society in her position as the 40+ year wife and partner of famed conductor, Zubin Mehta.

The exchange was probably much to her benefit.

 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 9:13 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



2008 or thereabouts.

 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   Disco Stu   (Member)

2008 or thereabouts.

You're an evil man Neo; very very evil. Now I have to live with that image for the rest of my life....

 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 11:05 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Stu-ie, until or unless you've got the 5,000 year-young constitution of an immortal like Methos

- we'd love to see your form after 45+ yeers! smile

 Posted:   Jul 21, 2010 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)

.....You're an evil man Neo; very very evil. Now I have to live with that image for the rest of my life....

They're relaxed and on a beautiful and exotic trip/vacation to Viet Nam, they've been married for 40+ years, and they look happy. That's not a bad image to remember.

 Posted:   Jul 22, 2010 - 2:31 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

This ravishing Israeli dish had one of the most attention-getting screen entrances ever
when she interrupted her former partner’s almost lethal-liaison


Garbed with Mata Hari intensity, Miss Lavi’s dark intensity was perfect for Tina – in fact, she’s the singular
casting exception in the entire series who could’ve perfectly fit the dazzlingly deceptive character author
Donald Hamilton painted her in the novel “Death of a Citizen”.

With her husky voice and playful persona,

she simply oozed the kind of independent assurance

and complex confidence the film needed

for its eventual twists and turns.

[ Actually, aside from Diana Rigg in her Emma Peel-ish prime, Miss Lavi

had precisely the kind of exotic quality that would’ve been ideal had she been cast as Modesty Blaise. ]

As it stood, tho, she more than filled the gorgeous bill here.

Discovered by Kirk Douglas, her Hollywood career included appearing in

opposite Peter O’Toole

and a bevy of other films spotlighting her beauty

including the all-star fiasco that was 1967’s “Casino Royale”


and with Yul Brynner in “Catlow”

among many more statewide and in Europe.

Her career as a singer has continued unabated over the years and has probably widened her worldwide

fan base far beyond any of the films

she made so many years ago.

But, for us, she’ll always remain

the dangerous, delectable and totally dynamite Tina.

 Posted:   Sep 1, 2010 - 11:27 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

A Dazzling Comedic Tour de Force Even Lucille Ball Would’ve Envied Department:

They say dying is easy but comedy is hard, and if there’s one thing more difficult to pull off than a thoroughly
convincing drunk scene, it’s playing a sexy space cadet with more than a few elevators missing upstairs –
and it’s this tricky tightrope Ms. Stevens pulls off here in a performance that’s one of the highlights
(let alone hilarious) treasures of her career.

An acting teacher of ours once gave the example of what constitutes the core of acting by using
Lucille Ball as his focus. After noting how all our know-it-all (know nothing) young mouths were
totally on the floor with unbelief at his incredible assertion, Richard calmly went on to say that what
made her antics on “I Love Lucy” so memorable and side-splitting is the TOTAL COMMITMENT Mme. Ball
brought to any and everything she was called upon to perform – she never stinted, she never backed down,
she never flinched and nothing was ever too outlandish or unbelievable that she didn’t anchor with her
absolute discipline in doing whatever was required – and then some.

That’s precisely the unforgettable accomplishment Ms. Stevens does here; her Gail Hendrix is a normal woman
caught in a situation wayyyyy beyond her reality – but when folks start shooting at her and women begin dying
all around her, she’s forced to tap into resources she never knew she had.

She matches Mr. Martin’s equally flustered agent with a series of reactions that are the
very essence of spontaneity (with a bedrock of truthful conviction – not merely silly slapstick – underneath it all).

Next tyme you watch it, don’t take your eyes off her because she’s a marvel of invention in each
and every scene (at one point, even counting the BULLET HOLES in the wall they’ve just avoided;
these are the kinds of inspired details nooooo director or script-writer would come up with on their own).

Their chemistry was so momentous she appeared


With Dino again a year or so later.

And don’t forget her earlier appearance with


which had later repercussions once she worked with Steubenville’s favorite son.

Mind you, Sharon Tate’s accident-prone associate to Matt in “The Wrecking Crew”
is a direct descendent and impressive outing in its own right - both, ah, Helmed by Phil Karlson -

but you really wanna check out the original in all its delightful distinction.

It’s a terrific testament and tribute

to the titled talent that’s

 Posted:   Sep 1, 2010 - 7:23 PM   
 By:   TheSaint   (Member)

Nice to see that Daliah is still holding up quite well. I hope she does a con in the US one day as it would be great to meet her in person.

 Posted:   Sep 2, 2010 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

It’s Not Quite Up Thar with Columbus’ Catastrophic Compass But Durn Near It Department:

Once ‘pon a tyme, an enterprising producer named Albert R. (Cubby) Broccoli

was teamed with Irving Allen (no relation to the Master of Disaster)

in a production entity based in London named Warwick Films; among the stellar professional peers who cut their early cinematic eye-teeth working with Messrs. Broccoli and Allen were future 007 paragons as director Terence Young, cinematographer Ted Moore and stuntman Bob Simmons. From 1953-1960, many films of different genres were birthed until there came a seminal parting of the ways between the two gents heading it.

See, Mr. Broccoli had the apparently peculiar visionary idea Ian Fleming’s James Bond books would make a splendid mo’om pitcher series. Mr. Allen, to put it mildly, thought his pard was outta his gourd. So they parted company (and dissolved it, also) going their marvelously miffed ways.

Made of sterner, more disciplined stuff, Mr. Broccoli then teamed up with a Canadian showman named Harry Saltzman,

on his wife Dana’s astute recommendation recruited a not-yet Great Scot named Sean Connery,

whereupon they then proceeded to unleash upon a flabbergasted world a trilogy of little art-house vehicles called

plus the blockbuster that blew the flamin' lid off and established the entire history-in-the-making franchise

NOW alluva brilliantly-belated sudden, Mr. Allen

saw the spectacular error of his Herculean hubris, and looked around to see where (if and with whom)
he could board the Bondanza and have a crack at all that Fort Knox golden box-office.

Fortituously, around the mid-sixties was when Donald Hamilton’s Matt Helm series were among
the best-selling paperbacks around

so he quickly snapped up the rights and decided he was gonna take his movie marbles and have a go
at it in his own playground (so there, Cubby - nyah nyah nyah nyah nyahhhhh). razz

The result?

With an ace production design, smart and sassy script from Oscar Saul, crackerjack direction courtesy
of Phil Karlson, a top-array cast balanced by one of Elmer Bee’s most swinging scores

this inaugural offering was a smash hit on all cylinders.

(and being no dummy, Dino made sure he was made a full-fledged financial partner afore beaming aboard.)

Natch, nothing succeeds like success, so this spawned the other three films

that followed almost every

year-and-a-half thereafter.

By the tyme the projected fifth film was starting early pre-production,

Dino announced he’d had enuff and was turning in his Sy Devore turtlenecks and booby-trapped
camera once and for all.

As to that, there were rumors they intended to reteam him with

Sharon Tate (but obviously her perversely premature demise

prevented that nifty notion – so, to paraphrase James Gregory in Murderer’s Row,
Matt Helm’s dead – and he’s gonna stay that way.”

In 1975, Writer Sam Rolfe resurrected him with Tony Franciosa in the title role for a short-lived series
of about a dozen episodes, turning Helm into (wot else?) an El Lay private detective (gee, who’da thot?!? roll eyes )

Many remained appalled Donald Hamilton’s sterling creation was given such a spoofy reincarnation in this quartet
of ‘60s flicks and, depending upon your viewpoint, they either repel you with their good-humored lowest-uncommon
(and supremely sexist) denominator OR you can simply put your critical arsenal aside and just enjoy ‘em for what
they so unpretentiously, unapologetically are: one helluva heavenly grand time.

With the first Always – In All Ways – still the superior BEST.

 Posted:   Jan 19, 2011 - 3:48 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Okay, granted they ain’t up thar with the discovery of


but they’re still kinda fun all on their own (an' we’ve a sneaky suspicion amounting to
an outright certainty Bruce-O is gonna find the later photos feminine visual

Geez, the things we do fer yu, pally! smilewinkbig grin

 Posted:   Jan 19, 2011 - 3:59 PM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

Inga Neilsen, whose presences livens up "The Silencers" also made a memorably silent impact in the film version of "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum."

It's because she said not a word there or in "The Silencers" and because she has but a single line in her "Batman" episode that I was always under the assumption she acutally hailed from Scandinavia.

Wrong! Found this interview of her on YouTube and she is in fact quite all-American from Chicago.

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