Tuesday, March 27, 2007
The hard to see and...well...very cool 1963 thriller JOHNNY COOL is showing on Turner Classic Movies tonight. This film has long been overdue for a dvd release so I am glad to see it popping up on TCM. This film marked the first time that William Asher and Elizabeth Montgomery collaborated, they would marry the same year and then a year later create BEWITCHED.
JOHNNY COOL features a galaxy of great faces from the sixties; everyone from Henry Silva to Joey Bishop to Mr. Sammy Davis Jr. shows up. The film belongs to Montgomery though and she is incredibly sexy and good in it. Anyone who grew up with her as Samantha on BEWITCHED should check her out in this role, it is a shame she didn't get a chance to make more films and play more parts like this one.
The Billy May jazz soundtrack, which is highly recommended, features an unforgettable title track by Sammy and is among the best scores of the early sixties.
Give it a look.