The THR item today indicating that Susan Sarandon may be recreating the role Barbara Stanwyck created on the small screen in a film version of the 1960s television series, “The Big Valley,” was as good an excuse as any to present two scenes showcasing the rather amazing acting talents of these two great women of the screen. First, from Billy Wilder’s classic film version of James Cain’s “Double Indemnity.”

And, though it’s not as easy to find good YouTube clips of the great Ms. Sarandon as you might think, here’s a scene with the almost-as-awesome Catherine Deneuve¬† from 1982’s “The Hunger,” directed by Tony Scott.


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Drum Boogie

Continuing our A Blog Supreme-inspired series of great jazz-on-film moments, here’s a sequence featuring Barbara Stanwyck and legendary jazz/swing drummer Gene Krupa — pretty much the Keith Moon of his day — from one of my personal favorite classic-era comedies, Howard Hawks’ 1941 “Ball of Fire.” You’ll also notice Gary Cooper in there, playing an extremely sheltered professor researching the urban slang of the time.

One hallmark of classic era films is that you can be watching a noir mystery, a western, or a non-musical screwball comedy, and sometimes things will just stop for a song.¬† As you’ll see here, that wasn’t a bad thing if the right talent was available. And, whatever you do, don’t stop watching before seeing what Krup could do with a matchbook cover, starting at about 4:17 or so.

In case anyone’s wondering, no, that’s not Ms. Stanwyck singing. The terrific vocals are by Martha Tilton.

And here’s a bonus — Krupa with the Benny Goodman band in an amazing performance of their signature tune, Louis Prima’s “Sing, Sing, Sing.”


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