Clown for a New Day

Clown for a New Day
Dagwood might make it in today's emasculated circus

Saturday, January 09, 2010

The Morning Midway, Tweet! Tweet! Judy, Stop Singing and Get Help! ...

Am reading a great tome, Vincente Minnelli: Hollywood's Dark Dreamer, fresh off the presses by Emanuel Levy. Highly recommended to readers of such stuff. Minnelli directed hands down the top three singing-dancing flicks out of Hollywood: -- Gigi, The Bandwagon, American in Paris.He, a "bisexual" (oh, sure) but really a homosexual, married volatile Judy Garland, then a pill-popping star star star who, once wed to a lovingly dotting Vincente, gradually self-transferred into a psycho wreck, jealous of her husband's rich attention (sexual, she dreaded) to Gene Kelly on the ill-fated bomb, The Pirate, convinced he downplayed her part, when in fact, this great director for a spell, it seems, loving Judy and wanting to be a family man (or was that another script self-directed???) did everything he could for his wife, down whose young throat Metro had stuffed pills to keep her working ...

Tweety bias? Author shades the story in Minnelli's favor as good husband, making Judy look like a big monstrous problem, and when they've about split up and the story is moving on, post Judy, then Levy briefly in passing mentions that "throughout" their marriage made in MGM-land, the husband engaged in "his homosexual liaisons discretely..." Gosh, and now you're just getting around to telling us, Mr. Author? I wonder if poor Judy did not soon feel a tad abandoned? And perhaps just as used as when she'd been medicated morning noon and night by her movie bosses? No wonder she cracked up in Hollywood home bathroom, complete with tepid throat slitting (requiring afterward only a band-aid) when MGM dumped her for standing them up on Annie Get Your Gun. The spectacular split between Minnelli and Garland cries out for a film ... I'm still reading, half way through. Made in Culver City.

Jay Leno should return from whence he came, for at 10 PM, other than his lively opening monologue, what a drag he is on all worn-out cylinders ... Letterman will have competition again, and NBC ("never believe your contract," per Jay) still has to deal with, if not dump stupidly irritating and very unfunny Conan, who never should have been inserted anywhere ...

Will Cole Bros. (John Pugh version) tour? I'm looking for 2010 evidence. See there's another one called Billy Martin's Cole's Circus with stars. My, my, tweet tweet, amazing how he gets away with it...

7 comments:

Terry said...

Thought you might like to know - There is a new, much more credible Minnelli biography due out in March. The advance buzz on it is good. Levy's book is junk.

http://blog.ctnews.com/meyers/2010/01/08/the-boy-who-loved-%e2%80%98on-a-clear-day-you-can-see-forever/

Showbiz David said...

Thanks, Terry. I'm only half way thru Levy's, wondering about his sources. Don't know what to think, but what a job he does analyzing the films, most impressive with that skill of his. Can't wait to see what he says of Bandwagon, my all time favorite movie musical.

Anonymous said...

John Pugh's 2010 tour will feature a Lance Ramos cat act and mixed act. Top drawer!
Jennifer Walker will present mixed act and do aerial!

Showbiz David said...

glad to know he's going out. thanks.

Pat Cashin said...

Billy Martin has taken the Cole All-Star Circus out to play winter school show dates in NY for years. I can't believe you haven't heard of it by now.

"How he gets away with it"????

There is also a Jose Cole Circus that routes through the upper mid-west.

Showbiz David said...

okay, Pat. thanks. i was a little hasty and slack on this item. yeah i've known Martin's name for ages -- just got a little paranoid, wondering if Johnny Pugh let go of his property ... happy laughs over your way.

Alan Cabal said...

The best summer of my life was 1996, running with Billy Martin's Big Top Circus. That man glows, he's a ray of light.