Ernest Borgnine superb in erotically charged epic The Vikings!

08 Jul

Ernest Borgnine died today. The accolades quickly appeared on Twitter. Of his many outstanding roles, one of my favorites amongst his characters (besides 1955’s Marty and Fatso Judson in 1953’s From Here to Eternity) was his portrayal of the Viking patriarch Ragnar in 1958’s The Vikings with Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, and Janet Leigh.

Ragnar is a bold, lusty warrior, and the above portrait–which I found at the site Pure Ciné–captures it all.

Ragnar fights his enemies with the same fervor with which he leers at the prize feminine morsel his son Einar (Kirk Douglas) has captured in the form of the magnificent Princess Morgana (Janet Leigh).

I will refrain from making obvious comments. Let me just say that Janet’s dresses were so tight in this movie that the whole film throbs with a current of horniness mostly thanks to her. (The shot is from IMDb here.)

Tony got to loosen her dress in a pivotal scene; no spoilers from me, though–if you haven’t seen The Vikings, when you do you’ll know what memorable moment I’m talking about. But if Ernie had gotten to do the scene, I’m sure his gusto would have been a villainous moment supreme! (I found the screen shot of Janet just above here.)

This exciting fun adventure is only one of the enduring monuments to entertainment that Ernest Borgnine leaves us! HAIL, RAGNAR! You will be missed. They are raising the goblets in Valhalla tonight!


I found the final group shot above at a cool site called Stars in Our Eyes here, which comes complete with nostalgic musical accompaniment!


Posted by on July 8, 2012 in Erotica


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2 responses to “Ernest Borgnine superb in erotically charged epic The Vikings!

  1. Sardax

    July 14, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I think I might be watching “Psycho” with different eyes next time!

    • irvoneil

      July 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm

      Yes indeed, my dear Sardax, once you see her in those Viking costumes it puts a whole new spin on your perception of Miss Janet Leigh! She also works wonders with a bustier in Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil.

      Interesting factoid I just came across the other day: the actress Martha Hyer, who was so sexy as an uptight virginal college English teacher in Some Came Running, was also up for the Janet Leigh role in Psycho. She might have been excellent in it, too.


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