Friday, August 7, 2009

A Couple of Scream Queens


It's Julie Adams, scream queen of The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Janet Leigh, scream queen from... well, if you don't know you really shouldn't be here, at the November 1951 premiere of Bright Victory in which the talented Adams co-starred. And judging from the look on his face it appears Tony Curtis is achieving victory simply by not collapsing while holding Janet. With Julie is her screenwriting husband Leonard Stern, a man who brought joy to children everywhere and annoyance to parents the world over when he co-invented Mad Libs in 1953. Financially speaking, that was the brightest victory of any of them.

18 comments:

Sebina said...

Boy, what a great fun photo :)

Greg said...

I often want to go back in time to these photos when I see them. I'd love to go to one of those premiere parties back then.

Fox said...

I miss the days when women would just jump into your arms like that.

Also, Mad Libs are pretty cool, but they're no Garbage Pail Kids.

bill r. said...

Janet Leigh looks like she was just a wisp of a girl. What's Stony Curtis's problem?

Greg said...

Fox, I'm on a minor Mad Libs kick right now which has replaced my minor GPK kick. And I carry my wife around the house like that all the time, which is easy since she weighs like 100 pounds tops. If you were on Facebook you could see a picture of her.

Greg said...

Curtis - What a wimp. Maybe Janet just let one go and the look on his face is in reaction to that instead of her weight.

Christopher said...

Well fluff my Gillygans!gimmie Julie Adams any day!..If that ol' Gillman can pick her up..I sure as hell can..and I won't just carry her around like a dummy neither!

Greg said...

Christopher, I'm with you. Janet Leigh was no slouch but Julie Adams is, to these eyes, beautiful.

Peter Nellhaus said...

"I'd love to go to one of those premiere parties back then."

Doorman: I'm sorry, but who are you?

Greg: I'm Greg F. I've been invited to this shindig.

Doorman: I'm sorry sir, but I do not see your name on this guest list.

Greg: There must be some mistake. I am expected.

Doorman: Perhaps you have your invitation with you?

Greg: Damn. I must have left in my other tuxedo.

Doorman: I'm sorry, but I can not admit you.

Greg: Hey wait . . . Leo G. Carroll can vouch for me. Hey Leo, what's up my man?

Leo G. Carroll: I'm sorry but who are you?

Doorman: Sorry kid, nice try.

Greg: Hey look over there! Isn't that Ava Gardner in that slit skirt. Gosh, I don't think she's wearing panties!

Doorman: Where? (Looks away)

Greg sneaks into party.

Alternate ending - Doorman: Forget it kid. It's Barbara Payton and she's showing nothing the rest of the town hasn't already seen, twice.

Greg: {Shuffling away). Well I guess I'll go over to Ed Wood's place. He's always happy to see me.

Greg said...

You definitely want to watch out if it's Barbara Payton and crazy boy's around. Although unlike Franchot, I'd kick his ass.

Rick Olson said...

When you said "scream queens" I thought you meant Curtis and Stern ...

Greg said...

I did, it's just that you're the first person who figured it out.

RC said...

never new that about mid libs --- yes tony curtis looks like he's having some problems.

Christopher said...

maybe Stoney Curtis is reachin' around,tryin' to find something down there?...Yondah lies da castle of my father..

Greg said...

RC, I didn't know about the Mad Libs either until I looked up Leonard Stern. I thought they weren't invented until the seventies.

Greg said...

Stoney was the kind of guy to feel around a girl's bottom. That's how he charmed Janet in the first place.

Big Mac said...

Didn't Barbara Payton suffer enough in her lifetime to not have such smarmy and uncharitable comments made about her now...so many years after her death?

She was somebody's daughter, sister, friend and mother. She was a human being with flaws...just like the rest of us.

Greg said...

My comment "You definitely want to watch out if it's Barbara Payton and crazy boy's around" refers to Tom Neal and says nothing bad about Payton. It was Neal who beat Franchot Tone within an inch of his life and then later shot his third wife to death. He was a violent thug.