The good people at Turner Classic Movies - specifically, its programmers - must really admire Hal Ashby's exquisite first feature, "The Landord."The 1970, R-rated film has been screened several times by Turner in prime time - @ 8 and 10 p.m. - while other films from the same era (Paul Mazursky's "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," Francis Ford Coppola's "The Rain People" and Ashby's "The Last Detail," among them) are usually consigned to the shadowy hour of either 2 or 3 a.m.
Turner airs "The Landlord" again tonight @ 10 p.m. Whether you're familiar with the film or not, this time, pay attention to the first few seconds of the film. It's a quick shot of Ashby's real-life wedding to actress Joan Marshall who, under the name of Jean Arless, played Emily/Warren in William Castles' seminal 1961 cult film, "Homicidal."
The "love-in"-style wedding (Ashby was an old hippie) was attended by the film's producer, Norman Jewison, and its cast. That's title star Beau Bridges in the yellow tee on the extreme left. Glimpsed directly behind the bearded Ashby is Diana Sands and behind her is the film's ingenue, Marki Bey. And that's Jewison getting kissed by Marshall during the ceremony.
Ashby died in 1988 and, in 1989, Joan married business executive Mel Bartfield. It was her personal experiences that she related to Robert Towne that became the basis of perhaps Ashby's biggest commercial hit, "Shampoo" (1975).