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October 2018
This Blog is offering a colorful kaleidoscope of movie magic for cinema aficionados.
Crispy peanuts, thin-skinned baloons and thrilling sensations on celluloid.
See offbeat goodies and magic crumbs ...weekly!
The Reality behind the Fantasy! - The Story behind the Spectacle!
No inflated endlessly long stories, but short and crisp. 
'This is Helmet time!'
Photos beat content!
Welcome to the manege of madness! - Have a pleasant trip!

'Tony Rome' is an exhilarated 'Bogart-style' American Neo Noir private eye film starring Frank Sinatra and directed 
by Gordon Douglas, adapted from Marvin H. Albert's novel 'Miami Mayhem'. 
It also stars Jill St. John, Sue Lyon, Gena Rowlands, Simon Oakland and Richard Conte.
The 'King of Cool', Frank Sinatra, is a real giant in the role as supercooled hard-boiled Miami private investigator
who is living on a boat.
Every movement, every gesture ...pure coolness.
Tony likes gambling, booze and pretty girls.
Between two problems there is always time for a glass of gin!
It's just another day in paradise.
Everything is cool here, even the running gag with the just married 'Malcolm' and his always hungry wife.
A highly entertaining sixties show conducted by Gordon Douglas and his versatile cinematographer Joseph F. Biroc, 
powered by the charisma of Frank Sinatra ...and the enchanting sex appeal of Jill St. John.
Nancy Sinatra, the daughter of Frank, sang the film's eponymous swinging title track. 
Great mood and atmosphere - An excellent overall package!
Available on blu-ray.
Frank Sinatra studying the 'Tony Rome' script.
He is wearing a high quality hairpiece / toupee.
During the day Frank plays 'Tony Rome', an ex-cop turned private eye in Miami Beach.
In the evening he is Frank Sinatra, the famous singer, playing shows in the iconic luxury hotel Fontainebleau.
Filming of 'Tony Rome'.
Isn't that the same Captain's cap Frank was wearing in 'Assault on a Queen'?
Learn more about 'Assault on a Queen' here: Water Tank.
35mm Kodachrome.
The Fontainebleau - Miami Beach. 
The casual Ann Archer (Jill St. John) asks Tony: "Don't you ever sleep in a bed?".
The two play very well together.  Sexy.
During a break in filming the Fontainebleau beach scene.
Jill St. John is really perfect in the role as party slut and girl on the side of Tony.
In the sequel, 'Lady in Cement', made in 1968, again featuring Sinatra as Tony Rome, Tony got a new girl, Raquel Welch. 
Appearing in both films was Richard Conte as Miami police lieutenant Dave Santini.
But Raquel and the whole sequel are miles away from the glorious mood of the first show.
Another 'Tony Rome' location is the construction site of the Sheraton Four Ambassadors Hotel.
The Four Ambassadors was built from 1966 to 1968. 
The complex has four towers with shared lobby.
One tower was used as location - A construction site of the Kosterman company, headed by Rudy Kosterman (Simon Oakland).
I found a nice website which shows you the locations of 'Tony Rome' and other Miami film locations.
You will find it here: On the road with Tony.
Filming at The Four Ambassadors construction site.
Frank (Tony Rome) is waiting for his 'Action' signal. 
Director Gordon Douglas, standing on the far right, watches the scene.
For safety reasons, all must wear helmets, except Frank Sinatra.
Or does he have a steel plate in his hat?
35mm Kodachrome.
Filming at the construction site of one tower of the Four Ambassadors complex.
Frank Sinatra verifies the spot where he will save the life of his client, Rudy Kosterman, who will be attacked 
by a hired gunman in the next scene.
The Set crew has prepared a sandpile with soft beach sand for the jump.
On the far left you can see the 'stand-in' of Frank Sinatra doing the 'jump and run' scenes for Frank.
Does anyone know his name?
Next to Frank stands the director of photography Joseph F. Biroc (striped shirt).
They both discuss the scene with Director Gordon Douglas, not in the picture.
The 60s were the golden years for some striking detective stories. 
Our theater shows a fine selection:
- 'P.J.' (1968) with George Peppard
- 'The Detective' (1968) with Frank Sinatra
- 'Marlowe' (1969) with James Garner
More to come!

'Karaoke - Night' on the Set of 'Circus World'.
Members of the cast and visitors make themselves comfortable in front of two gas stoves to sing a
few songs.
Claudia Cardinale and her younger sister Blanche Cardinale, Rita Hayworth, Wanda Rotha, 
John Smith and Katharyna.
'Circus World' was the last big gamble for Samuel Bronston, the legendary producer of colossal epics, 
with a brilliant and expensive cast headed by John Wayne, Claudia Cardinale and Rita Hayworth.
The Super Technirama 70 pictures of the British cinematographer Jack Hildyard ('55 Days at Peking') look glorious.
The costumes and sets are excellent. Some of the effects are pretty well done.
No expense and effort was spared to convince seat buyers ...but Director Henry Hathaway had a hard time.
Although the special Bronston magic was still there, the flair and grandeur, 
the movie suffers from its weak and pale story.
Nothing really holds the great elements together. 
'Circus World' is available on blu-ray.
Claudia Cardinale and her sister Blanche in the beautiful old town of Toledo (Spain), 
in one of the narrow streets.
Blanche is taking photos from Claudia during the walk through the city.
Besides Toledo, Chinchon was one of the locations for 'Circus World' in Spain.
Of course you want to take a look at this: 'Circus World'.

'The War Wagon' is a very entertaining Burt Kennedy Western with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas.
There is a beautiful harmony in the scenes and a fine tone for humor.
On top of that the villain, played by Bruce Cabot, has a great toy to play with and calls it The War Wagon.
A heavily armored stagecoach armed with a deadly Gatling gun in a top-mounted steerable turret.
This special film Prop was built mostly of lightweight plywood with phony rivets.
With the right painting, the wood panels look like heavy iron plates.
The sound effect crew did their best to perfect the successful illusion with some metallic sounds. 
Frank Pierce (Bruce Cabot) is transporting a big gold shipment with his War Wagon and the boys are going
to take that wagon.
'The War Wagon' Prop was displayed outdoor for many years with other movie props as part of the Universal 
Studio backlot tour (California).
This usually means the quick death for the props.
His last years the War Wagon experienced in the Universal Studios Florida. 
What happened to the fast deteriorating remains of the old prop then?
This Kodachrome slide shows the War Wagon still in his full splendour - Universal Studios, California, 1971.
The sign 'Please keep off' surely helped to keep the Wagon in shape for a while.
Director Burt Kennedy put the War Wagon in scene very well without being over the top.
His Cinematographer William H. Clothier lensed some nice outdoor scenes with the wagon in action.
I love the scenes where the groovy War Wagon hops through a breathtakingly beautiful mexican landscape, 
the Sierra de Organos, Sombrerete.
A popular location for Western movies: Guns for San Sebastian.

Your comments are always welcome!
Trust me, I know what I'm doing. Sometimes.

When the Alien Edgar wants to make off with a stolen Galaxy in a flying saucer the boys shot him from the sky with a
powerful space weapon.
The flying saucer flutters around and crashes through the New York Unisphere.
An excellent live-action and model miniature composite shot.
ILM Garage - How to build a flying saucer!
The ILM modelshop constructed a big fiberglass Saucer in sixth scale, nine feet in diameter.
The guy in a blue work suit is model shop supervisor Steve Gawley.
Behind him you can see some model cars on the shelf. These are for the Midtown Tunnel miniature set.
You have to look at this: Queens Midtown Tunnel.
The crew of chief modelmaker Rodney Morgan built three sixth scale Unisphere replicas for the crash scene.
Unisphere - Flying Saucer rig.
The boys are preparing the saucer crash.
A special hydraulic cable rig and precise practical effects (pyrotechnics) helped to make the scene successful.
The flying saucer crashes trough the Unisphere.
Wow ...excellent black powder/nitrate mini explosions!
What a flash!
The breaking apart 'steel globe' (Unisphere) looks really good. 
Excellent miniature scene!
On Stage at ILM.
Captain Edgar has lost control. Please strap on, the landing in the park will be a bit bumpy.
Chief modelmaker Lorne Peterson and his crew built a miniature Flushing Meadows set with lights, trees and 
small Park benches.
The flying Saucer is now controlled from below via a special rig for the park landing scene and 
is no longer hanging in the (Unisphere) cable rig.
How cool is that! Very well done!
The pyro explosions in combination with the whirled soil are pretty impressive. 
Perfect miniature show. 
All that is missing is a puppet sitting on the park bench and being swallowed by the dust ...
The Men in Black stay cool, even if it very soon gets a bit dustier.
The live-action scene with Jay and Kay was filmed on a Studio stage.
Here you find some photos: Help, my suit gets dirty!
As Edgar emerges from the Flying Saucer Jay and Kay explain to him that he is under arrest now.
Edgar does not think that's funny at all ...and shows us the real Eddie!
A CGI monster.