Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Starring "Tom Lee Jones"
What's really interesting about these ads, aside from the great conceptual drawings, is seeing the announcements for the lesser-known films alongside the famous ones. I haven't checked to see if all of these were even made, but if they were, I'd be interested to see if something like A Fan's Notes even makes it into the Warner Archive. Speaking of that film, it's a rare film to star Jerry Orbach, who at this point was almost exclusively a stage actor. Not only that, but it would be 10 years or so before Orbach became a regular fixture in films and when he did it was as a supporting player. I have no idea who Eliza Michaels was / is, but we can see here that she was popular enough at this time to top-line a film called Eliza's Horoscope and be billed over some guy named Tom Lee Jones. I hadn't realized Jones was hanging around Hollywood for that long...for him it would take at least 20 years and a name change to the more mature-sounding Tommy Lee Jones to become a screen star. Bill Gunn's Stop recently played at BAM as part of their Gunn retrospective, but I missed it, unfortunately. It was ultimately never released by Warner Bros. and it appears that film elements are not extant at this time, judging by the fact that BAM presented the film on video.