Models in Rows

Jan Watson MURDERERS' ROW ORIGINAL US LOBBY CARD DEAN MARTIN CAMILLA SPARV BEVERLY ADAMS

Murderer’s Row (1966), including Mary Hughes, Jan Watson and Beverly Adams. “The Matt Helm series is a bewildering quartet of films for the time in which they were made: with the British invasion already having transformed the music industry virtually overnight, and the country rocked by social upheaval as American youth rebelled against the social order, Martin and his Rat Pack cronies were becoming increasingly anachronistic. … the Matt Helm films try to meld the Rat Pack’s cool, gin-soaked personae with the youth-oriented “mod” world. The result is something like putting Olivia Newton John and Gene Kelly together in Xanadu. The only possible appeal was to the quickly dwindling backyard luau crowd, who had long since worn out their copies of Arthur Lyman’s Taboo…. Martin sleep-walks through the films as if he were laying back on his television couch and crooning a chorus of “Welcome to My World.” And the passage of time has been even less kind to the series: at a distance of forty years what little charm the films had to 60s audiences has long since been forgotten. “TCM.

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