Friday, March 6, 2009
I had never really thought of it before, but I think Moon in the Gutter sort of got its start when I was 15 or so when I started obsessively collecting Michelle Pfeiffer clippings for a scrapbook that ended up stretching into an epic several volume set between 1987 and 1994. I had had a sort of scrapbook as a kid but never had I been so diligent or organized about it...it was my own little DIY fanzine as is Moon in the Gutter. Anyway, I also collected video clips of the few interviews she would give but I just recently came across this one, Michelle with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show all the way back in 1980 promoting Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen.
This is a fascinating little clip. Sammy Davis Jr. can be seen (stumbling around a bit at one point) and Shelly Winters is there (as annoying and irritating as usual) as well. Carson is clearly impressed with Pfeiffer, who hasn't quite found her footing yet. Keep mind that this is nearly three years before her break out role in De Palma's Scarface, and a full five years before she really came into her own in John Landis' Into The Night.
Anyway, the clip's incredible and I was rather stunned to find it. Thanks to the gloriously dedicated Pfeiffer the Face for posting it and keeping the dream alive.