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Ladies in Waiting

Just spotted that DVD Savant has an item about Warner Home Video readying a series of Cult Camp Classics DVD boxes for a June 26th release. All four sets look tantalizingly good, but the one that had me really jazzed was the “Women In Peril” one containing latter-day vehicles for two aging movie queens (Joan Crawford in Trog and Lana Turner in The Big Cube, neither of which I’ve seen) and the excellent Women In Prison flick Caged. The latter is honestly not very campy, but its DVD release of this high-style Warner Brothers melodrama will be a welcome one. Eleanor Parker? Excellent. The lady who plays the quasi-lesbian prison guard? Also excellent (okay, maybe the movie’s got some camp).

Caged

Speaking of Women In Peril movies, I just had the “priviledge” of watching Lauren Bacall’s turn at the genre in her 1981 thriller/camp classic The Fan. For those with short memories, this is the one where she plays a famous stage actress stalked by an obsessed fan (played by Michael Biehn). Overall it’s pretty bad, but in a slick and watchable way that reminded me another trashy film from that same period — the Jodie Foster “teenagers gone wild” opus Foxes. Biehn’s murders raise more questions than answers (like, how could he get away with stabbing a guy in a crowded public pool?), and the whole thing lumbers along predictably. Bacall’s song and dance numbers at the climax are all laughably awful, like some dime store TV telethon thing. Of course, the audience in the movie cheers rapturously every time. Her fictional show deserves a fictional Tony Award for Best Unintentional Comedy.

3 Thoughts on “Ladies in Waiting

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  2. Bryan on March 22, 2007 at 6:34 am said:

    Matt- we are such sick queens at our house that my Brian made mp3’s of the Bacall songs in all their horror-osity. “I wanted hearts, not diamonds- I’ve had too much champagne…” Too funny.

  3. Yeah Bryan, I’d say that’s pretty sick!

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