A FACE IN THE CROWD, an early publicity shot, ANATOMY OF A MURDER.
Lee Remick [1935-1991] is of course fondly remembered as one of hollywood's best and most respected actresses who was a star from the word go, in the same bracket as say Natalie Wood or Joanne Woodward. I was too young to see her debut in Kazan's A FACE IN THE CROWD in '57 but was amazed by it when I finally saw it, its one of the most sensational debuts ever - but I liked her in her following films (when I was about 10 or 11) like THESE THOUSAND HILLS [where she is touching as the 'saloon girl' giving her savings to Don Murray so he can buy his land], THE LONG HOT SUMMER and how sensational she was in Otto's ANATOMY OF A MURDER in 1959. She was good playing Southern girls always fretting about the heat or unreliable men - one I missed (and seems unavailable now) is Tony Richardson's SANCTUARY in '61. One of her best performances was opposite Monty Clift for Kazan again in the very respected WILD RIVER in 1960. I have already written about how much I loved her performance in 1962's DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES where, in that stunning year for female performances, she should have won; her alcoholic here stayed long in the memory; I vividly remember sitting in the cinema aged 16 and loving that scene [below] where she and Jack Lemmon talk on the jetty watching the water, somewhere near the start, before they marry and hit the bottle. She was also marvellous that year in another Blake Edwards film, the tense thriller EXPERIMENT IN TERROR, [as per a recent post here]. She had a Doris Day type role in THE WHEELER DEALERS with James Garner in 1963, there was THE RUNNING MAN with Bates and Harvey, and then another terrific one BABY THE RAIN MUST FALL where she was ideal in this Robert Mulligan film with McQueen and Don Murray. (Below: BUS STOP programme - click to enlarge images).
Needless to say its always a pleasure to see Lee in anything; She indeed departed far too young - Jack Lemmon in tribute said she was the best of his co-stars. It was great to see her talking about her career in 1970 when she was very perceptive about stardom. As well as doing BUS STOP she had of course been signed to replace Marilyn Monroe in Fox's SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE back in 1962, which never happened - but she did (touchingly) host a documentary on MM: "Remembering Marilyn" which is a fascinating example of one star commenting on another.
I am taking a vacation now, but when I return more appreciations on: Lilli Palmer, Ingrid Thulin, Alida Valli, Clifton Webb, Jeffrey Hunter, Suzanne Pleshette, Stephen Boyd, Alan Bates, Peter Finch, Laurence Harvey, Charlton Heston, Michael Craig, Fabian, Anita Ekberg, Belinda Lee, Daliah Lavi, Senta Berger, Julie Christie, Sarah Miles, Claire Bloom, Glynis Johns, Flora Robson, Vittorio De Sica, Jacques Demy, Francois Ozon --- and some great nights in the theatre !