Portrait in Black / Madame X (Double Feature)
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San Francisco cargo ship czar, Matthew Cabot (Lloyd Nolan- Peyton Place as Dr Swain) finds himself bedfast and slowly dying as his beautiful and ultra-glamorous wife Sheila (Lana Turner) becomes more and more desperate to rid herself of a husband, due to his illness, can no longer satisfy her needs! Enter suave and sophisticated Dr. David Rivera (Anthony Quinn), who is overseeing Mr. Cabot's care, as well as his wife's desires! "Portrait in Black" is one of those delicious over-the-top glamour-soap-opera's that you just can't help indulging yourself in! Co-starring `60's teen queen, Sandra Dee as Lana and Lloyd's daughter, and handsome John Saxon as Sandra's boyfriend, the cast is pleasant to watch as this romantic drama soon becomes a clever murder mystery! You know from the moment that the movie begins, with it's glossy and glamorous color that it's a Ross Hunter production! Every detail in this film shouts "Ross Hunter glamour!" From Lana's gorgeous Oriental inspired wardrobe to the beautifully decorated homes, it's Mr. Hunter all the way! With classic romantic dramas such as, "Back Street," "Midnight Lace," and this film's double feature "Madame X," to his credit, Ross excelled with this kind of material and made some really entertaining features!
Madame X (1966)
Aristocratic heiress Estelle Anderson (Constance Bennett) is more than a little disappointed with her son, Clayton Anderson's (John Forsythe) choice for a bride in common girl-next-door Holly Parker (Lana Turner, looking no where near common!) so the wheels begin to be placed in motion to get rid of her! Successful rising political star, Clayton Anderson is rising to the top of the politcal arena and the toil of his success is beginning to weigh heavily on his marriage.Read more ›
Portrait in Black is in the same league with all of the same gloss and glamour but doen't have as rich and juciy of a story as Madame X. Now if we can only get Back Street on DVD. My VHS copy is almost worn out.
"PORTRAIT IN BLACK" has everything a good movie from the sixties must have: suspense, glamour, great technicolor picture, simply great!
"MADAME X" is the movie I always thought Lana should win an Oscar nomination for..She's much better than in "PEYTON PLACE", her only nomination.
It's impossible not to be impressed how she changes her looks from the begginning of the picture when she is a newly-wed socialite lovely to look at to the second part when she becomes a drunker, with proper makeup to make her look bad..I mean bad!
The court final scenes makes the stronger, coldest people on earth have tears in their eyes, no doubt about it !
Congratulations Universal for this wonderful gift.. I recommend it highly!!
Jorge Carpes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
There was a time when a STAR on the marquee meant money in the bank for the movie studios. Lana Turner was under contract to M-G-M for nearly twenty years. Her films had been of varying quality. The quality she most often projected was S-E-X.
After leaving the studio, Turner still made big films with important co-stars, but most of her publicity centered on her private life. She got a big break when producer Jerry Wald offered her the starring role in his film version of the hot, hot bestseller of the day "Peyton Place" in 1957. Turner ended up with an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role.
On the night of the ceremony, Lana argued with her then boyfriend, Johnny Stompanato - later that evening, he was stabbed and killed in her home. The publicity was tremendous. In "Peyton Place", Lana's character has a long scene on the witness stand talking about her failure as a mother. At the time the scene was playing to packed houses across the United States, Turner was playing the scene in real life in the inquest on Stompanato's demise. Her daughter Cheryl had been arrested for the crime. Turner's inquest testimony is on film and is always used in television biographies on her life.
Would her career survive? Enter producer Ross Hunter, then allied with Universal-International Studios. He offered Lana the leading role in his remake of "Imitation of Life." He didn't have money for a large salary and offered her fifty percent of the profits. Lana took it. A supporting player in the film has said that everyone on the set was very aware that this film was make or break for Turner. If the audiences rejected her, it would be over.Read more ›
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Unfortunately so far i only got to watch portrait in black and it was a very bad dvd. It kept stopping and I had to keep pressing the fast forward button for it to keep playing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joyce Falzone
lana turner was great ,but not as good as madame x,however both films are worth buying. thank you.Published 1 month ago by mr w thomson
A True Classic. I love watching old films on Rainy weekends. Lana Turner gives stunning performances.Published 3 months ago by Pamela G. Addison
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