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"Hillary Brooke's Legs" - Article by Nick Tosches, 1985

Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:15 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:
Mister Moon wrote:As for Abbott and Costello, there's an article about Hillary Brooke written by Nick Tosches, which was published in an old issue of "Kicks" magazine. If you don't have it, and are interested in it, I can post it for you.


Also, I'm an admirer of Nick Tosches, a brilliant and gifted writer. Would you be willing to create a new topic for his piece on Hillary Brooke?


Continued from the topic on James Neibaur's book, and by popular demand...

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As a bonus, this is the front cover for that particular issue.

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Re: "Hillary Brooke's Legs" - Article by Nick Tosches, 1985

Mon Apr 14, 2014 6:53 pm

And a couple of bonus clippings.

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Re: "Hillary Brooke's Legs" - Article by Nick Tosches, 1985

Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:01 pm

Mister Moon wrote:
drjohncarpenter wrote:
Mister Moon wrote:As for Abbott and Costello, there's an article about Hillary Brooke written by Nick Tosches, which was published in an old issue of "Kicks" magazine. If you don't have it, and are interested in it, I can post it for you.


Also, I'm an admirer of Nick Tosches, a brilliant and gifted writer. Would you be willing to create a new topic for his piece on Hillary Brooke?


Continued from the topic on James Neibaur's book, and by popular demand...

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As a bonus, this is the front cover for that particular issue.

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Mister Moon wrote:And a couple of bonus clippings.

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Thank you so much.

Nick Tosches' hilarious tribute to beautiful and talented actress Hillary Brooke seems at first glance as perhaps a bit coarse, but it's all just in good fun.

And for those who wonder about Ms. Brooke's allure, it was noted in the press long before Tosches put pen to typewriter.


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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Thursday, March 9, 1944
Note: article on Brooke's screen test for "Road to Utopia" -- "Sexy Test Goes Down The Drain"!


Here she is in a publicity still from that Hope and Crosby comedy:


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And here are two more photos that seem to underscore what young Nick saw in her appearances on the Abbott and Costello TV program:


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Re: "Hillary Brooke's Legs" - Article by Nick Tosches, 1985

Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:05 pm

Bonus Brooke!


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What a lovely lady she was!

Read more here:
Hillary Brooke - Hollywood Star Walk - Los Angeles Times
http://projects.latimes.com/hollywood/star-walk/hillary-brooke/

Hillary Brooke
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Brooke
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Re: "Hillary Brooke's Legs" - Article by Nick Tosches, 1985

Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:07 am

Tremendous posts! Great photos and information. Thank you very much.

The 1944 article from the "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette" you uploaded was indeed highlighting some of the same qualities Tosches did four decades later.

I was intrigued by the mention of that Luigi Luraschi, and it turns out he wasn't exactly a nice guy :

A studio executive at Paramount between 1933 and 1960, Luigi Luraschi was a key figure in Hollywood's efforts to develop and respond to their international markets. He became Head of Domestic and Foreign Censorship in 1936, and it was from this position that he developed contacts with the CIA in 1953. In a little-known development, the CIA briefly sought to influence the content of American films to promote both anti-Communist and pro-American messages to the rest of the world during the early years of the Cold War. Luraschi was their liaison in Hollywood, and worked to alter such films as "Strategic Air Command" (1955), "Secret Of The Incas" (1954), "Arrowhead" (1953) and "Giant" (1956). He also worked to deny Oscars to "High Noon" (1952) and "The Little World Of Don Camillo (1953). This role was shortlived, as in the era of the blacklist and the Red Scare Hollywood was already largely conforming to the anti-Communist consensus. Luraschi left Hollywood in 1960 to work for producer Dino DeLaurentiis in Italy.


http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0527063/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm

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