VALLEY OF THE DOLLS
1967, 20th Century Fox, 123 min, USA, Dir: Mark Robson

“You know it's bad to take liquor with those pills,” warns small-town girl turned supermodel Anne (Barbara Parkins) to Broadway diva/train wreck Neely (Patty Duke). Neely's answer: “They work faster.” Based on Jacqueline Susann's runaway best-seller - which practically created a cottage industry in glossy, sex-drenched soap operas on page and screen - director Mark Robson’s bitchy, booze-angst-sex-drugs-fueled cult classic cautions against the perils of show business. The tragically beautiful Sharon Tate was nominated for a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer in her role as B-movie queen Jennifer.


THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN
1964, Warner Bros., 128 min, USA, Dir: Charles Walters

This big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical earned Debbie Reynolds many critical accolades, including an Oscar nomination. When the charming, hard-working hillbilly Brown finds herself vaulted to high society after her husband (Harve Presnell, in his movie debut) strikes it rich, gaining the respect of her new peers proves to be a grand struggle. In the title role, Reynolds plays the legendary woman who, after rising from rags to riches, went on to famously survive the sinking of the Titanic. Includes the songs "I Ain’t Down Yet," "Belly Up to the Bar, Boys" and "He’s My Friend."


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