Click here to read a review of the western The Hangman just released on Blu-Ray starring Robert Taylor, Jack Lord, Fess Parker and scene stealer Tina Louise. The reviewer praises Tina’s portrayal and what acting promise she showed. She had already given well-received performances in God’s Little Acre (for which she won a Golden Globe) and The Trip. Tina should have become a top leading lady of the Sixties, but she made the decision to abandon Hollywood to live in Italy for a few years. This hindered her movie career tremendously. She made one prestige movie Garibaldi for esteemed director Roberto Rossellini but it barely was released in the U.S. However, her sword-and-sandal films Siege of Syracuse and Warrior Empress were distributed widely. View the below clip to see some behind-the-scenes footage from Warrior Empress.
When Tina returned to the U.S. she was never able to achieve the silver screen career she deserved. Time on Broadway and being stranded on Gilligan’s Island sidelined it. But Tina was not the only starlet who left Hollywood at an inopportune time. After playing the naive ingenue in Come Fly with Me, For Those Who Think Young and The Pleasure Seekers, among others, Pamela Tiffin was able to finally progress to more mature roles with her turn as the sexy brunette who vexes Paul Newman in Harper. She won raves so what does Pamela e do? She dyes her hair blond and goes off to Italy to escape her marriage where she starred in a number of movies of which only a very few made to the U.S. shores.
In 1965, Carol Lynley did not impress the critics as Jean Harlow in Harlow. However, she followed up with an excellent performance in Otto Preminger’s cult thriller Bunny Lake Is Missing with Laurence Olivier. Variety raved, “Carrying the weight of the movie on her shoulders…Carol Lynley is outstanding.” Redeeming herself, does Carol concentrate on her career? No, she moves to London saying she needs a break since she has been working steadily since age 10. When she returns to Hollywood in 1968 Rowan & Martin and Glen Campbell are in her future as leading men. Thank goodness for the ill-fated SS Poseidon.