I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just fall into a funk and can’t concentrate. It usually happens after I finish a huge amount of work, which I did today. I then try to immediately go onto the next project but my mind says, “Relax” while my Inner Slavedriver says, “Keep working.” And I fall into a restless gloomy mood and get little done.
What finally got me out of this mood was watching a rather gloomy Western from 1959 called Day of the Outlaw, starring Robert Ryan, Burl Ives, and Tina Louise. The script, performances, and story–about an isolated town held hostage by a gang of robbers–were so well-done I forgot my self-criticism for awhile and just enjoyed the skillful direction (by Andre De Toth) and script (by Philip Yordan).
It was great to see Tina Louise in this interesting dramatic role, as a woman caught between Ryan, the man she should have married, and Alan Marshal, the man she did marry.
Before Miss Louise became a successful actress, she was a much-admired pinup and glamour model:
She even did a couple of sword and sandal movies; I think the following photo is from Siege of Syracuse, in which she does a very sexy dance and gets the inventor Archimedes to fall in love with her!
Well, I guess doing a little photo research and editing pix of a beautiful woman like Tina also picked up my spirits a bit! Enjoy the photos, which I found at CelebSet.net, iCelebZ.com, and International Celebrity Feet. I don’t work for any of these sites, I just found them in my cyber travels.
One more thing. Today, as many people have noted, was the day on which Elvis Presley died 35 years ago. But it was also the day in 1956 that the great Bela Lugosi, the ultimate Dracula, passed away. Here’s a link to an interesting article about how Lugosi helped try to save Hungarian Jewish refugees from the Nazis back in the 1940s–a fascinating bit of history written by Rafael Medoff and J. David Spurlock that I read in the current issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland, but which earlier saw print in the Connecticut edition of the Jewish Ledger here.
I got the Lugosi image from a site called Starfetch.