A Splurch in the Kisser: The Movies of Blake Edwards by Sam Wasson

By Sam Wasson

With one of many longest and such a lot arguable careers in Hollywood historical past, Blake Edwards is a phoenix of motion picture administrators, packed with hubris, ambition, and raving comedian chutzpah. His rambunctious filmography continues to be a creative strength on par with Hollywood's maximum comedian administrators: Lubitsch, Sturges, Wilder. Like Wilder, Edwards's propensity for hilarity is double-helixed with discomfort, and in movies like Breakfast at Tiffany's, Days of Wine and Roses, or even The red Panther, we will pay attention him off-screen, guffawing at the hours of darkness. And but, regardless of these huge, immense successes, he was once at one time thought of a Hollywood villain. After his marriage to Julie Andrews, Edwards's Darling Lili approximately sunk the either one of them and taken Paramount Studios to its knees. nearly in a single day, Blake grew to become an pariah, which paradoxically fortified his feel of satire, as he concurrently fought the Hollywood tide and rode it. using willing visible research, meticulous study, and troves of interviews and construction records, Sam Wasson offers the 1st whole account of 1 of the maddest figures Hollywood has ever recognized.

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The achievement of Mister Cory is primarily that of Blake Edwards, its writer-di rector, who steers an improbable raft ofstory situations past the shoals of disbeliefand disaster. Despite having what the censors would describe as low moral content, the movie depicts high life in a manner constantly intriguing to those who are not quite able to afford it. " Blake was on his way. Up next was This Happy Feeling, a gawky, mirthless movie brought down by Curt Jurgens, a man who did for comedy what Joseph Goebbels did for watercolors.

He Laughted lAst, Blake's second Frankie Laine vehicle, is a Runyonesque tale about a mob boss and the empire he bequeaths to his gun moll, Rosemary (Lucy Marlow). She's really big-hearted underneath it all and isn't cut o ut for the back-alley lifestyle like Max Lassiter (Jesse White), the former second· in·command, who plans to marry the girl and regain con· trol of the organization. Rosemary likes a cop, though, who's concerned about her family ties and getting her out safely, which puts the dame in a tough spot, especially with respect to the ermine and pearls.

The gag takes a hefty step up in 1958 with the service comedy The Perfect Furlough. In it, Tony Curtis reteams with Edwards to play Paul Hodges, a BlAKE BEG I NS, 1955-1959 37 5· This Happy fttling (1958) Preston Mitchell (Curtjurgens), the first of Edwards' midd le-aged rakes, suffers the painful consequences of running alongside trains canying attractive younger women. ). Because the whole world is watching, the Pentagon sends along Lieu ten· ant Vicki Loren (Janet Leigh} to keep Hodges and Roca o ut of bed.

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