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In March 1965, Carol Lynley took her new sex kitten persona to new heights when she posed semi-nude in the pages of Playboy in a pictorial by Sam Shaw entitled “Carol Lynley Grows Up.” She shocked the Hollywood establishment with Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons leading the charge against her calling her ‘young and foolish.” Carol’s response, “What’s all the excitement about? It’s only skin.” Prior to Lynley’s disrobing, actresses who posed for Playboy were either unknown starlets (i.e. Joan Staley, Marianna Gaba, Dolores Wells, etc), buxom fifties blondes of the Jayne Mansfield type, or more free-spirited European sexpots (i.e. Elke Sommer, Ursula Andress, etc.). Carol opened the floodgates and was soon followed by Joanna Pettet, Sharon Tate, Barbara McNair, Sherry Jackson, Alexandra Hay, Lana Wood, and others. More in my upcoming BearManor Media book Carol Lynley: Her Film and TV Career in Thrillers, Fantasy and Suspense
One of my favorite Carol Lynley movies (and a staple of ABC’s The 4:30 Movie) was The Pleasure Seekers (1964) a remake of Three Coins in the Fountain. Lynley (a news wire service bureau secretary), Ann-Margret (as a performer) and Pamela Tiffin (a newly arrived tourist) are three lovely gals looking for fun and romance in Spain. Beautifully filmed on location in Madrid and Barcelona, and enhanced with an Oscar-nominated musical score, the film is perfect kitschy 1960s cotton candy entertainment. Also with Tony Franciosa, Brian Keith, Gardner McKay and Gene Tierney. More in my upcoming BearManor Media book Carol Lynley: Her Film & TV Career in Thrillers, Fantasy and Suspense
Shock Treatment (1964) was Carol Lynley’s first theatrical foray into the realm of suspense. She played a manic depressive afraid of a man’s touch who falls for Stuart Whitman an actor paid to feign madness to find where crazy gardner Roddy McDowall hid the loot after he killed his rich employer. Steely Lauren Bacall runs the nuthouse and loves to use shock treatment on the inmates. It was not a hit. Perhaps if Anthony Perkins who campaigned for the lead was cast, it may have done better. This was the first of many times Carol and Roddy would work together. More in my BearManor Media book Carol Lynley: Her Film & TV Career in Thrillers, Fantasy & Suspense
Carol Lynley ended 1963 with a high profile role in Otto Preminger’s Golden Globe winning and Oscar nominated religious epic The Cardinal, which went from the turn of the century to the late thirties and from New England and Georgia to Vienna and Rome. Carol played Mona the youngest sister of priest Tom Tryon whose strict Irish Catholic family squashes her engagement to Jewish John Saxon. She runs off to become a tango dancing prostitute, gets knocked up, and her priest brother has to decide to save the baby or the mother. Guess who he chooses? It was the 6th highest grossing film of 1964 and for me a Christmas Eve favorite as channel 5 aired it yearly starting around midnight. More in my upcoming BearManor Media book Carol Lynley: Her Film & TV Career in Thrillers, Fantasy & Suspense
Visit BearManor Media at BearManorMedia.com to purchase many great books on film & TV including my Talking Sixties Drive-In Movies and my upcoming book Carol Lynley: Her Film & TV Career in Thrillers, Fantasy & Suspense. Below are some of my more recent social media posts touting Ms. Lynley:
It was back to the realm of suspense for Carol Lynley in 1962 when she guest starred on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in “Final Vow” playing a novitiate nun masquerading as a single career gal to get close to thief Clu Gulager who stole a valuable artifact that belongs to her convent. She quickly realizes she is in over her head and her life in jeopardy.
Carol Lynley top lined her next 1961 box office hit Return to Peyton Place the sequel to 1957’s smash Peyton Place. Not received as favorably (Judith Crist quipped, “It has enough soap suds to pollute the Mississippi along with the mind”) the movie still made $$$ and was the 15th highest grossing movie of the year. Carol Lynley is Allison MacKenzie, Eleanor Parker is her mother Connie, Tuesday Weld is Selena Cross, Brett Halsey is Ted Carter, and scene-stealer Mary Astor is acid-tongued bigot Roberta Carter.