Friday, April 09, 2010
doris & gig & shirley & dean
There are screen teams - and then there are screen teams.
My interest is in those teams who haven't been aknowledged as teams.
Let's take Doris Day, as an example. She is most identified with Rock Hudson, Gordon MacRae, Gene Nelson and James Garner but she actually appeared in more films with ... Gig Young:
-Gordon Douglas's "Young at Heart" (1954)
-George Seaton's "Teacher's Pet" (1958)
-Gene Kelly's "The Tunnel of Love" (1958)
-Delbert Mann's "That Touch of Mink" (1962).
These four titles would make a nice, tidy Saturday-afternoon film festival.
Then there's Shirley MacLaine, most closely linked with Frank Sinatra and Jack Lemmon.
Her most frequent co-star, however, was Dean Martin who shared seven - count 'em - seven films with her:
-Frank Tashlin's "Artists and Models" (1955)
-Vincente Minnelli's "Some Came Running" (1958)
-Joseph Anthony's "Career" (1959)
-Lewis Milestone's "Ocean's Eleven" (1960)
-Joseph Anthony's "All in a Night's Work" (1961)
-J. Lee Thompson's "What a Way to Go!" (1964)
-Hal Needham's "Cannonball Run 2" (1984).
And, oh yes, Shirley and Gig teamed up in Charles Walters' "Ask Any Girl" (1959).
From top to bottom: Doris Day and Clark Gable prop up Gig Young in George Seaton's "Teacher's Pet"; Young and Elisabeth Fraser surprise Day and Richard Widmark in Gene Kelly's "The Tunnel of Love"; Shirley and Dean team in "All in a Night's Work" and "Career," both directed by Joseph Anthony
Posted by joe baltake at 4:09 PM