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Friday, March 11, 2011

STEVE HAYES: Tired Old Queen at the Movies


Joan Crawford is once again, a gal with a gun, who's up to her neck in trouble in FLAMINGO ROAD (1949). Under the watchful eye of Mildred Pierce director Michael Curtiz, Crawford has a melodramatic field day as a carnival girl from the wrong side of the tracks in search of respectability at any cost. Along for the ride is former co-star and resident sleaze bag, Zachary Scott and new comer David Brian, both vying for her romantic attention and the menacing and magnificent Sydney Greenstreet, sweating, spitting and sinister as the local sheriff who wants her out of town. With veteran character actresses, Gladys George, Gertrude Michael and Iris Adrian rounding out the cast, FLAMINGO ROAD is a Joan Crawford at her Warner Brothers best.


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