Thursday, January 16, 2014
A BRIEF LOOK BACK AT ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY
Elizabeth Montgomery in the movie JOHNNY COOL
When I was young, I loved watching Ms. Montgomery play Samantha Stevens on a tv show called BEWITCHED.
I think she was special, and I was truly mesmerised by her.
When I got older, I noticed some subversive things in BEWITCHED. Samantha was NOT a doting, and submissive housewife - the type of married female that was typically seen in American sitcoms of the fifties and early sixties.
Elizabeth Montgomery ( 1933 – 1995 ), in BEWITCHED... From the first episode ( on left ), and the last episode ( on right )
Elizabeth in JOHNNY COOL
She played a smart and sexy character in the film called JOHNNY COOL.
In my opinion, she looks very beautiful in this movie.
FYI: The movie tie-in version of the JOHNNY COOL paperback book - by John McPartland - has Elizabeth on the cover. I've been hunting for a mint condition copy for years.
Elizabeth Montgomery in the made-for-tv-movie called SECOND SIGHT: A LOVE STORY
SECOND SIGHT: A LOVE STORY is not as bad as it sounds.
Elizabeth plays a blind woman.
During one very intense and realistic scene, an intruder gets more than he bargained for.
I don't think Ms. Montgomery ever got the credit she deserved, in regards to her acting skills.
She appeared in a lot of made-for-tv movies. Such as... LEGEND OF LIZZIE BORDEN, and SINS OF THE MOTHER.
Ms. Montgomery also appeared in many tv shows, such as... ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, RAWHIDE, THE UNTOUCHABLES, and the TWILIGHT ZONE.
She also did work in theatrical flicks, like... HOW TO STUFF A WILD BIKINI and a rare movie called WHO'S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY BED?
Elizabeth Montgomery in HOW TO STUFF A WILD BIKINI
She has a great cameo in HOW TO STUFF A WILD BIKINI. The movie was released on region one DVD by MGM at least three times... As a solo disc, as part of a double feature ( paired with BEACH BLANKET BINGO ), and as part of an eight movie pack called FRANKIE & ANNETTE: THE COLLECTION.
FYI: As I write this, WHO'S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY BED? has NOT had a legit region one DVD release. In fact, I don't think a legit VHS was ever released either ( at least NOT in the United States ). It only seems to be available via bootleg DVD-R, and via online "streaming".
Elizabeth Montgomery in WHO'S BEEN SLEEPING IN MY BED?
FYI: Elizabeth provided the voice for a character in BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES ( barmaid in episode called SHOWDOWN - from season 4 - episode 2 ).
There are at least three or four books about Ms. Montgomery / BEWITCHED. One of them is called THE ESSENTIAL ELIZABETH MONTGOMERY: A GUIDE TO HER MAGICAL PERFORMANCES... I do NOT own this book, so I can't tell you if it's worth owning.
AUTHOR - Herbie J Pilato
PUBLISHER - TAYLOR TRADE PUBLISHING
ISBN ( 978-1589798243 )
FYI: The other books I found, seemed to be out-of-print.
BEWITCHED was released on region one DVD by SONY ( individual seasons and the complete series ).
BEWITCHED will also be released by MILL CREEK ENTERTAINMENT.
JOHNNY COOL was released by MGM ( on MOD DVD ).
SECOND SIGHT: A LOVE STORY can be found in the EXCELLENT EIGHTIES 50 MOVIE PACK by MILL CREEK.