Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
When Robert McGinnis set about painting a cover for the 1971 Paperback Library edition of As Old As Cain, the third of M.E. Chaber’s Milo March mysteries, he imagined actor James Coburn and actress-singer Goldie Hawn as his models. The girl was nude in his original painting, but that image was thought to be too racy, so he added a bra and panties; later he restored the art to its original state (below).
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
In “The Flip Side,” the 20th episode of NBC-TV’s The Outsider (originally broadcast on February 26, 1969), Darren McGavin--playing ex-con-turned private eye David Ross--is drugged by actress Carrie Snodgress. As the authorized Darren McGavin Web site explains, “The psychological drama involves Ross with a plain sister [Snodgress] who hires him to find her missing sister, a glamorous model involved in an underworld ring dealing in narcotics, and gets involved in an extortion racket.”
Jigsaw was a 1968 film originally produced for NBC as a movie of the week. “However, due to content NBC refused to run it, so Universal gave it a theatrical release instead,” says this write-up in the Internet Movie Database (IMDb). TV Guide offers the following synopsis of that now-cultish motion picture:
This drug-related mystery has [actor Bradford] Dillman finding himself in someone else’s apartment with a dead woman submerged in the bathtub. Discovering dried blood on his hand, he wonders if he was responsible for her death during an accidental LSD-induced blackout the night before. He hires [Harry] Guardino [playing private detective Arthur Belding] to find out what really happened. Under Guardino’s supervision he takes a dose of the drug, attempting to recall the previous night's events. They discover Dillman’s co-worker [Pat] Hingle had slipped LSD into his coffee as part of an intricate blackmail scheme. In order to get Dillman’s girlfriend and his job in a government think tank, Hingle set him up.As the second clip above shows, at one point a bad buy portrayed by Michael J. Pollard arranges to send Belding on a hallucinogenic trip of his own.
Amid many special camera techniques which try to approximate the drug’s effects, it turns out that Dillman’s superior, [played by Victor] Jory, had been involved with the dead woman. She had been blackmailed as a result, and when she threatened to go to the police, Hingle killed her, and Jory was complicit. In a confrontation with Dillman, Hingle gets his, plummeting to the pavement from a high-up window of their think-tank office building.
Three of the people in the cast are better known for their TV work: Susan Saint James for McMillan & Wife (with Rock Hudson), James Doohan for Star Trek, and Kent McCord for Adam 12.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Here’s an NBC-TV promo for the April 13, 1979, series premiere of The Duke, starring Robert Conrad as a former professional boxer turned Chicago private eye. This Stephen J. Cannell production lasted only two episodes.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
The cover shown above, writes Art Scott, co-author of The Art of Robert E. McGinnis (Titan), is “a perfect example of the oddball use of McGinnis images on foreign editions … My Finnish is a bit rusty, but the copyright page tells us this is Assignment Peking, [the 28th entry] in the Sam Durell series. OK, the Asian girl in traditional garb explains why it was used, but are we really supposed to think that’s mod superspy Sam Durell in the background, dressed just like Lee Van Cleef in For a Few Dollars More? The original was painted for a 1962 Dell western by Hal G. Evarts, The Silver Concubine, set in 1883. Like I said, as long as there was a pretty girl …”