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Re: The old double take.
Posted by Wisconsin Mark on 8/1/2015, 8:54 am, in reply to "The old double take."
A perpetually underrated actress, a great example of a performer without formal training who nonetheless has always had excellent intuitions. She was a presence from the start of her career, but maybe the first movie in which she really got a chance to show what she could do is The Cincinnati Kid. It takes some sensational acting to upstage a cast of Steve McQueen, Tuesday Weld, Edward G. Robinson, Karl Malden, Rip Torn, Joan Blondell, and Jack Weston!
That, by the way, is a meaty, flavorful, undervalued film. I mean, look at that cast list. And although yes, it is an obvious attempt to replicate Paul Newman's success with The Hustler, using stud poker in late Thirties New Orleans as a replacement for pool, you know what? It really works.
No one talks much about Norman Jewison much as a director, but over a several-week period a couple of years ago I watched or re-watched The Cincinnati Kid, The Thomas Crown Affair, In the Heat of the Night, and Rollerball, and I'm telling you, the guy's got chops.