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Before shooting began on Pillow Talk, Doris Day and Marty Melcher, her third husband, launched weekly informal dinner parties for the cast and crew at their house on North Crescent Drive, in the flats of Beverly Hills. In her efforts to make the insecure Rock Hudson feel more at home in a comic role, Day remained on the set when he filmed their split-screen telephone scenes to read him her lines, and during the pre-recording session for the title song, in which Hudson was to join her in the chorus, she spontaneously suggested, “Why don’t you sing a verse?”
He later said he had been expecting someone “as warm as a December night on an ice floe.” But, as Day herself recalled, “the very first day on the set, I discovered we had a performing rapport that was remarkable. We played our scenes together as if we had once lived them.” Their compatibility should have been foreseeable, for they had much in common. Like Day, Hudson was riddled with doubts and insecurities, stemming from a miserable childhood. When he was still Roy Harold Scherer Jr., his father abandoned him, and his mother and stepfather abused him emotionally and physically. At bottom, Hudson was no more the All-American Male than Day was the Girl Next Door. They soon came up with nicknames for each other. He became Ernie; she was either Eunice or Maude. In the course of shooting, Day adopted Hudson’s habit of doing crossword puzzles during downtime on the set. She, in turn, wanted to teach him how to play tennis, but he didn’t take her up on the offer. Hudson later recalled, “They had to add a week on to the shooting schedule because we could not stop laughing I used to think about terrible things, to try not to laugh, but I think that’s the wonderful part about when you see two people on the screen—if you like them, if they like each other, and you sense that they like each other.”
When Pillow Talk opened, in October 1959, the reviewers welcomed it as a new modern comedy and embraced Day and Hudson as a natural team. It was the No. 1 film for a couple of months.
Doris Day & Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk (1959)
My heart belongs to Fulci and Bava.
(repurposed for Bava’s birthday!)
Raymond Chandler (July 23, 1888—March 26, 1959) makes his cameo in Double Indemnity, sitting outside Keyes’s office, reading a pulp novel.
Happy Birthday, Christopher Lee! Today is also Vincent Price’s birthday and yesterday was the birthday of Peter Cushing!
And John Carradine just looks cool in a fez.
Happy Birthday, Michael Caine! (photograph by David Bailey, 1965)
Happy Elvis’ Birthday, Everybody!
Nat Finkelstein photograph of Elvis silkscreen from Andy Warhol’s Factory. More at MoMA.
Celebrate Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia’s birthday with a gallery of movie posters from her films.
(most come from HKMDB.com)
Films represented: The East Is Red; Dragon Inn; Peking Opera Blues; Chungking Express; Bride With White Hair; Swordsman 2; Dream Of The Red Chamber; Zu: Warriors From The Magic Mountain.