The Fat Spy

1963 saw the release of AIP’s first Frankie and Annette beach party film, simply called Beach Party. All together, the studio released eleven more films that were either sequels or spinoffs of the popular series. Of course, other studios tried to copy the success and today we reach the bottom of the barrel when it... Continue Reading →

Single Room Furnished

On June 29, 1967 actress Jayne Mansfield died in a tragic car accident at the age of 34. She was one of the most iconic of the 50’s blonde bombshells. Though there’s no denying her on-screen appeal, I’ve never considered Mansfield to be as strong an actress as some of the other blonde bombshells. Her... Continue Reading →

Dog Eat Dog

When we talked about the Mamie Van Doren film Vice Raid a few posts ago, we discussed the three M’s of blonde bombshells...Mamie Van Doren, Marilyn Monroe, and Jayne Mansfield.  I don’t think anyone could claim any of them to be among the greatest actresses of all time, but Van Doren and Monroe had solid... Continue Reading →

Vice Raid

When it comes to blonde bombshells, many people think of “The Three M’s.”  At the top of the list, of course, is Marilyn Monroe who tragically died in 1962.  Then there’s Jayne Mansfield, who also died at a young age in 1967.  But the third “M” is still with us, Mamie Van Doren.  Not only... Continue Reading →

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