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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Singing at a cigarette-burned piano



A flawless, haunting song. In the 70's I dressed like her bowling boyfriend sans 'stache in my pink cords and white platforms (size 13) and danced at a disco called "The City" here in the city to the Three Degrees. I rocked the boat. Like Tracey, Pet Clark knows where the boys go when they are lonely. The lights are much brighter there (they are? maybe she means strobe lights). You can forget all your troubles...forget all your cares and go...DOWNTOWN. Rip Taylor appeared downstairs at the City. I didn't see his act, but Larry dragged me to meet him. I think Lar' was trying to tell me something. Let the confetti fly! Most of the time instead being my flamboyant self on stage I feed punchcards into a machine. There's gotta be a way out of this place if it's the last thing I ever do. Maybe a get-rich-quick scheme like in the noirs (don't miss "Gun Crazy"). Speaking of bowling, the original Road House is a bizarre movie but entertaining, thrilling and fun. Both men can certainly fill a pair of of bowling slacks, shoes and argyle socks. Ida Lupino's profile reflected in the shimmering boards of her lane is not to be missed. She plays a tough club singer who wows them singing at a cigarette-burned piano. But the real action is between the sultry brunette Cornell Wilde and the blond, Richard Widmark.

7 comments:

Bryce Digdug said...

In addition to "The Trouble with Angels" Ida directed an episode of Honey West

Squirrel said...

i can never see richard widmark's name or pic without thinking of the i love lucy episode where he is forced into contact with her!

Squirrel said...

hey i just looked up r. widmark on wikipedia

sandy koufax was his son in law, and widmark's 2nd wife had been henry fonda's 3rd wife.

Bryce Digdug said...

Squirrel - I remember Sandy Koufax from growing up in L.A. We're having a Film Noir festival in San Francisco starting January 23.

- Bryce

Salty Miss Jill said...

This is one of the best song/videos EVER. That Tracey, she put the HALT! in halter top.

Bryce Digdug said...

Salty - Isn't Tracey a great actress. A great singer too.

Dray said...

"Downtown" was a hit when I was a little gay boy growing up in the suberbs of Detroit and downtown really was the place we went to hang out with all the other underage gays.