The outstanding British retro web site www.zani.co.uk has some excellent essays about films of the 1960s. Check out Spencer Hawken's review of the 1962 "kitchen sink" drama The L-Shaped Room starring Leslie Caron as a down-and-out-young woman trying to survive in London amidst a social circle of fellow misfits. The film caused a sensation in its day with its candid views of sexuality. To read click here
In case you've been lying awake sleepless at night pondering whatever happened to the bus Clint Eastwood drove in his 1977 film The Gauntlet, you can now put your mind to rest. The bus has had a history that is far more interesting than the movie it appeared in (arguably the worst of Eastwood's career, though The Rookie might also be worthy of the dubious honor). In the film's most absurd sequence, Eastwood, playing a renegade cop, drives the bus through a gauntlet of heavily armed police offers who pour thousands of rounds of ammo into it. Eastwood and Sandra Locke emerge unscathed due to a Rube Goldberg-like home made armour protection system he has installed. The film never explains why intelligent police officers would shoot through the bus with every epectation that rounds would kill their fellow officers on the other side. Nevertheless, we digress. The bus had been purchased by a couple who spent over $60,000 repairing it and taking out the bullet holes so they could use it as a recreational vehicle. They have now doated it to the Salvation Army, which in turn auctioned it to another man for $10,000. He intends to use it as an RV and also as a guest home named Gauntlet's Ghost. (We don't envy the tenants who have to rely on one of those dreadful bus toilets in which to relieve themselves!)
Hunky Robert Wagner in the 1960 film All the Fine Young Cannibals (hey, remember that short-lived rock band from the 1980s that took their name from this title?). Lovely Susan Kohner tries to keep her mind on business.