Thursday, April 30, 2009

Happy Birthday, Corinne Calvet (1925-2001)




Born in Paris, Corinne Calvet studied criminal law at the Sorbonne before making her debut in French radio, stage plays and cinema in the 1940s. She was brought to Hollywood in the late 1940s by producer Hal Wallis, who cast her in Rope of Sand (1949) opposite Burt Lancaster and Paul Henreid.

In the 1950s, Calvet appeared in a string of films, usually playing French characters, opposite such leading men as Danny Kaye (On the Riviera), Joseph Cotten (Peking Express), James Cagney (What Price Glory), James Stewart (The Far Country), Alan Ladd (Thunder in the East), Tony Curtis (So This Is Paris) and Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (Sailor Beware).



1948 publicity photo


Rope of Sand (1949)


Rope of Sand (1949)


with Claude Rains in Rope of Sand (1949)


Rope of Sand (1949)


Corinne Calvet, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains and
Burt Lancaster in Rope of Sand (1949)


Rope of Sand (1949) with Paul Henreid





Sailor Beware (1952)


Sailor Beware (1952)








What Price Glory (1952)


What Price Glory (1952) with Dan Dailey


What Price Glory (1952)
with Dan Dailey, James Cagney and William Demarest


What Price Glory (1952)
with James Cagney and William Demarest


What Price Glory (1952) with Dan Dailey


with Alan Ladd, Deborah Kerr and Cecil Kellaway in
Thunder in the East (1952)


Powder River (1953)


Powder River (1953) with Rory Calhoun


Powder River (1953) with Rory Calhoun


Powder River (1953) with Cameron Mitchell


with Cameron Mitchell in Powder River (1953)


Powder River (1953)





with James Stewart in The Far Country (1954)


with James Stewart, Walter Brennan and Jay C. Flippen in
The Far Country (1954)



One Step to Eternity (1954)


One Step to Eternity (1954) with Michel Auclair


One Step to Eternity (1954)


One Step to Eternity (1954) with Michel Auclair


One Step to Eternity (1954) with Michel Auclair


Corinne Calvet in the hospital, 03-31-1954

Calvet was discovered unconscious in her home in the early morning hours of March 31, 1954 and was taken to the hospital suffering from an overdose of sleeping pills. She met with members of the press that afternoon and denied that it had been a suicide attempt, describing the event as a "stupid sort of accident." For someone who had been at death's door a few hours earlier, she managed to look pretty good for the interview.


with Rory Calhoun in Apache Uprising (1966)


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bathing Beauties: Agnes Franey & Myrna Loy

Seaside flappers Agnes Franey and Myrna Loy show off the latest 1929 beach fashions.






Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Packing Heat Part 1

Deliciously Deadly


Ashley Judd Eye of the Beholder (1999)


Demi Moore The Juror (1996)


Isabelle Huppert Coup de torchon (1981)


Julia Roberts The Mexican (2001)


Julianne Moore Hannibal (2001)


Kate Nelligan Eye of the Needle (1981)


Kim Basinger The Getaway (1994)


Peta Wilson La Femme Nikita (1997)


Renée Zellweger Nurse Betty (2000)


Theresa Russell Impulse (1990)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Rub-a-dub-dub: Genevieve Page



Genevieve Page in Decline and Fall... of a Birdwatcher (1968)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Modern Femmes Fatale: Part 7

More contemporary killer concubines


Geena Davis


Carre Otis


Rie Rasmussen


Monica Bellucci


Rebecca Romijn-Stamos Femme Fatale (2002)


Sandrine Bonnaire
Confidences trop intimes aka Intimate Strangers (2004)


Nicole Kidman Birthday Girl (2001)


Scarlett Johansson The Black Dahlia (2006)


Sienna Miller Factory Girl (2006)


Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)


Sharon Stone Basic Instinct 2 (2006)


Tracy Middendorf El Cortez (2006)