Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I saw Linda yesterday


Yes, as we reach back to 1963 for that Top 20 hit by Dickey “Patches” Lee, I thought I’d give you a heads-up on the latest on VCI’s “12 Days of Christmas” promotion.  Today and today only, you can capitalize on a Linda Darnell twofer; first, the 1944 Douglas Sirk-directed melodrama Summer Storm which co-stars classic moviedom’s favorite cad, George Sanders, and Edward Everett Horton and future mediocre filmmaker Hugo Haas.  It’s been a good while since I’ve seen Storm—it played on Encore’s Love Stories channel back in the late 90s—but I don’t remember being particularly bowled over by it despite the fact that it’s based on the Anton Chekhov drama Shooting Party.

The second half of the Darnell double feature is 1952’s Island of Desire, a romantic adventure starring the luscious Linda as a Canadian nurse shipwrecked on an uninhabited island with a Marine played by Tab Hunter.  (Don’t think I don’t hear you giggling out there.)  I haven’t seen this one (though the presence of John “Private Fraser” Laurie would make me curious) so I shouldn’t say aye or nay but one IMDb wag describes the flick as “unbelievably bad”—make of it what you will.  Both Storm and Desire are available for the bargain basement price of $11.99 provided you use the coupon code LOVE at checkout.  Hurry—operators are…taking a coffee break!

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1 comment:

Mark said...

Ivan, I love that poster! Linda looks great, and George's head poking in from the side is hilarious.