From Pretty Poison (1968)
Set your Tivo (or as my cable company calls it DVR) for Friday night, 2:15 AM (actually, Saturday morning), Turner Classic Movies are running Noel Black’s classic Pretty Poison starring Tuesday Weld in one of her best roles, also starring Anthony Perkins as an oddly Anthony Perkins like cretin. If you have never seen it, you will thank me. It’s also a good excuse to run gratuitous photos of Tuesday Weld, one of my all time favorites. I blogged a little bit about her last December (here). Her complete filmography can be found here. She’s in an amazing amount of fine films, some of my favorites are Thief (1981, with James Caan), Once Upon A Time In America (1984), The Cincinnati Kid (1965, with Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson and Ann Margret), Rock, Rock, Rock (1956, with Alan Freed and the Johnny Burnette Trio), and keep an eye out for her on various episodes of the Ozzie and Harriet Show, Naked City, 77 Sunset Strip and of course the Dobie Gillis Show.
Isn’t Tuesday Weld great? From her first flick Rock Rock Rock where she shares screen time with the Johnny Burnette Trio in their only film performance, to the retarded Sex Kittens Go To College where she proves to be much sexier than the va-va voom overstated Mamie Van Doren, to the utterly nutso Pretty Poison (clip seen above), she’s livened up many movies and TV Shows (The Loves of Doby Gillis, 77 Sunset Strip, Naked City, et al). I’m convinced the only reason people bought that Mathew Sweet record Girlfriend was the cover shot (above). She was born Susan Weld in New York City in 1943, and whatever she’s doing today I hope she’s having a great time.
Among her better film appearances are Play It As It Lays (with Anthony Perkins, who also co-stars in Pretty Poison), Thief (with James Caan), Who’ll Stop The Rain, Looking For Mr. Goodbar, and Wild In The Country (with Elvis what’s his face). Her entire filmography can be found here.