Eddie’s Place (1955 TVM)

US / 25 minutes / bw / Four Star Productions, CBS Dir & Pr: Roy Kellino Scr: Willard Wiener, Herbert A. Spiro Story: A.E. Houghton Jr (i.e., Buck Houghton) Cine: George E. Diskant Cast: Ida Lupino, William Talman, Kathryn Card, Louis Jean Heydt, Glen Gordon.

This was episode #24 of the third season of Four Star Playhouse (1952–6); some while ago I wrote about another episode of this TV series, A String of Beads (1954 TVM) dir William Cameron Menzies and starring Angela Lansbury. That episode was an odd one out: the format of the series was that Charles Boyer, David Niven, Ida Lupino and Dick Powell would take turns starring in the playlets that made up the episodes. On March 10 1955 it was Lupino’s turn again.

Ida Lupino as Ellen

Ellen (Lupino), having finished her sentence at a labor camp, The Farm, hitches a ride from Eddie Reeves (Talman). He gives her a job in the diner he owns, Eddie’s Place, whose Continue reading

Star (2001)

vt The Hire: Star
US / 9 minutes / color / Anonymous Content, BMW Films Dir: Guy Ritchie Pr: Aristides McGarry, Robyn Boardman Scr: Guy Ritchie, Joe Sweet Concept: Fallon Cine: Chris Soos Cast: Clive Owen, Michael Beattie, Toru Tanaka Jr., Madonna, DTeflon, Troy Aguayo, Christie McNew, Woon Young Park.

This was #4 in a series of short movies made by Anonymous Content for BMW, designed for internet consumption. All the movies starred Clive Owen as Driver, a man who rented himself and his BMW out to various clients. The movies had distinguished casts and equally distinguished directors:

  • Ambush (2001) dir John Frankenheimer
  • Chosen (2001) dir Ang Lee
  • The Follow (2001) dir Wong Kar-wai
  • Star (2001) dir Guy Ritchie
  • Powder Keg (2001) dir Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • Hostage (2002) dir John Woo
  • Ticker (2002) dir Joe Carnahan
  • Beat the Devil (2002) dir Tony Scott

You can find a short “Making of” movie here and an ancillary piece, “Driving Techniques,” about the stunts, here.

Clive Owen as Driver

A pendant to the series came a decade and a half later with Continue reading