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Diamonds To Dust Shines!, 9 September 2014

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With all the negative hype surrounding this independent motion picture (mostly by fans who have learned the joys of Jayne through her daughter Mariska Hargitay)…one would expect a cheap, tawdry exploitive soft core piece of porn. This isn't that. This is a good movie that tells the tale of the 1950s and 1960s blonde bombshell through the eyes of super fan Frank Ferruccio (who wrote and produced the movie). The movie is told from the scene of her death and shows glimpses of Jayne Mansfield's dizzy rise to fame and gaudy fall from grace. It takes a brave person to tell the truth and the true story and it appears to have been done. The movie stars Hailey Heisick as the blonde goddess. Hailey is a virtual revelation as Jayne. What she lacks in facial similarities to Mansfield she more than makes up for with her body and her acting. Bodywise, Hailey is practically a dead ringer for La Mansfield. She also does a splendid job of capturing the voice of Jayne…and something Loni Anderson was not able to do in the 1980 TV movie—she captures the essence. There are moments when Hailey seems to have been possessed by the late Jayne Mansfield…particularly when capturing Jayne's party girl moments. Even when she's 'Bad Jayne' we feel for her…and identify with her. What a gifted actress! Rocco Palmieri shines as, a better looking, Sam Brody. He captures the nasty yet sexy charisma the real Sam Brody possessed and that the real Jayne Mansfield was attracted to. This reviewer can't think of anyone better to portray lover Nelson Sardelli than newcomer Anthony Cancellare. Sexy, charismatic, funny and charming…just like the real Sardelli, Mr. Cancellare lets us know why Mansfield strayed from Mickey Hargitay to the charms of Sardelli. Mr. Ferruccio cast an impressive lookalike as Mickey Hargitay in Ukrainian born actor/model Adrian Gorbaliuk. You can barely tell him apart from the real Hargitay. Mike Funk shines as Matt Cimber. Susan Capicotto, a successful stage actress, rounds out the cast as Mansfield's bff—reporter May Mann. She is a delight. Of course, it's not all glorious in this movie. Miscast as Jayne Mansfield's mother is Patti Ivy. Vera Jeffrey Peers had a certain je ne sais quoi that Patti Ivy does NOT possess. Overweight and looking exhausted with her bleach blonde fried to eternity hair, I never once believed that she was the well to do Vera Jeffrey. All in all I enjoyed the movie. It's good and entertaining with just enough of the camp element to keep us interested. I am proud of Mr. Ferruccio's movie and wish I had been a part of it.

3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Follow The Mansfield, 8 May 2006
10/10

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Jayne stars in this excellent episode of Follow The Sun as Scottie, a beautiful woman who doesn't feel she's very smart and who is uncomfortable in high society. Scottie is the girlfriend of a wealthy boar, portrayed by Brian Keith. Scottie endures lots of verbal abuse from Keith until she meets reporter Barry Coe who introduces her to books and some of his friends. This episode is titled The Dumbest Blonde. It's actually a really sweet and endearing episode. It is pretty much a remake of the Judy Holiday classic Born Yesterday, and Jayne does a much better job than Melanie Griffith in the 1993 remake. Anyone who has ever questioned Jayne's acting ability should take a look at this particular performance and see that Jayne was fully capable of handling a dramatic part...and she does. The emphasis isn't on Jayne's great body or her fabulous chest but more her acting chops. She delivers and gives us a glimpse of what could have been had she been given her own television show.

10 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
It Happens To Be Awesome!, 27 April 2006
10/10

I love this movie! Jayne has a supporting role but gets top billing and is playing against type. Jayne plays a self absorbed stage actress and is a little villainous. I think it was meant to be a vehicle for introducing Trax Colton to the movies and they needed a big star to carry the movie, so they put Jayne in. Jayne looks mesmerizing in this film. I wish Fox would put it on an official DVD, though they do show it on the Fox Movie Channel sometimes. Trax plays a Greek shepherd boy trying to enter the first Olympics. Jayne plays a glamorous stage actress who promises to marry one of the winners of one of the games. Jayne's acting is inspired and even though she has a supporting role, she is the one you will be watching the film for. This movie has a reputation of being one of Jayne's 'loan out' film roles for Fox, but in fact this was a major motion picture big budget movie filmed in 1960 and was made in Cinemascope.

11 out of 13 people found the following review useful:
Soap Hunk and sitcom star plus Princess Leia=fun!, 3 December 2005
10/10

Romancing the Bride stars Laura Prepon of "That '70s Show" as a young woman who chooses a Mexican resort hotel as the place to get married. She wakes up the morning of her wedding day in bed with a stranger and a hangover. He's a Mexican hottie, played by former Days Of Our Lives star Matt Cedeno, who is glad to be hitched to her. She takes off on a wild march to find out how it happened and to undo it before her fiancé, not to mention her controlling mom (played brilliantly by Carrie Fisher), learn about it. It's an amusing little adventure, if not a great movie, and a chick flick that should appeal to the channel's female audience. It isn't trying to change the world or make a point, just an entertaining little made for TV movie. The film does seem uneven at times in the editing but the strong cast makes it work. In addition, Matt and Laura have a lot of chemistry together.

3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Class and Charm miles above the Donald's, 22 November 2005
10/10

Martha Stewart's Apprentice has a charm and a class way beyond the Donald's version IMO. I've been watching The Apprentice since the first season and the show has steadily gone down each season, though this current one has gotten better. I just think Donald Trump's enormous ego is the big star of The Apprentice now and there is WAY too much product placement as well. Martha's product placement is much more subtle and her cast have a demeanor that I personally like more than Trump's cast. I wish it were coming back next season but mediocre ratings came into the scene. I wish more people would have given her version a chance because I think they would have liked it. It's my favorite show. Martha totally rocks and each week instead of the catchphrase "You're fired" she writes the fired contestant a charming letter. There's only one Martha and this was a great show.

12 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
Deserves a DVD release, 30 October 2005
10/10

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This is a suspenseful and actually a pretty popular movie with Dan Duryea, femme fa-tale Martha Vickers, and a young, baby faced little starlet named Jayne Mansfield (a month before her Broadway triumph). Pure 1950s film noir here. The only copies available are poor VHS copies that sell for $25.00 or $30.00 on Ebay. It's ashame because it is a good film with all around impressive performances. Definitely needs an official DVD release. Filmed in 1955 but released in 1957 to cash in on Jayne's fame. Filmed in Philadelphia about 1 hour from where Jayne lived until she was 6, and is buried at, Pen Argyl. The plot line: Petty thief Duryea and his gang of 'thugs' go on a big heist at a local wealthy woman's mansion. In comes little 'sister' to Duryea Jayne, to help size the place up and get a feel for where the jewels are. Chaos ensues and Duryea ends up sending Jayne to Atlantic City (after the heist has been pulled off) only to find out she is having an affair with (MAJOR SPOILER) the policeman investigating the robbery! Good plot line and a great nostalgic look at Baby Jayne before she went Hollywood.

18 out of 25 people found the following review useful:
The Body Beautiful!, 8 September 2005
10/10

Here's another movie that gets a bad rep. What happens is every 10 years or so a film comes along tailor made for women (and gay men) and people (most likely straight men) go berserk. They weren't trying to remake Gone With The Wind but were simply trying to please the audience with the assets and charms of that beautiful 1980s underrated heart-throb Christopher Atkins. Forever regulated to "the blonde haired guy in the Brooke Shields movie"(the Blue Lagoon), this was his chance to shine. And he DOES! But of course, men reviewers and maybe some uptight female ones slammed the movie. It is actually entertaining with a good and subdued performance from Lesley Ann Warren not playing her usual "nervous broad" type role here. There is even a featured role by 1970s and 1980s Dance Fever host Deney Terio. The chemistry between Chris and Lesley is incredible and undeniable. Their sex scene is like a taking a peak in real life....was that a tongue he slipped her? Awesome soundtrack featuring the song Heaven by Bryan Adams and an early version of the hit song Obsession, later to be recorded by Animotion. But the real star is of course Christopher. What he is presumed to have lacked in thespian quality he more than makes up for, not only with his gorgeous looks, but also charisma. He never wanted to be Spencer Tracy...he simply wanted to entertain us...and in A Night In Heaven - he DOES! Viva Atkins!

26 out of 27 people found the following review useful:
Jayne & Joan = FASCINATING!, 3 September 2005
10/10

You would expect a total bitchfest with a movie starring both legendary bombshell Jayne Mansfield and soap opera diva Joan Collins....but what you get is a fascinating film based on the John Steinbeck novel of a bus driver and his passengers and their adventures as they get detoured and sidetracked...both on the bus and in life. Joan Collins is the wife of driver Rick Jason (so gorgeous). It's a small and run down little bus that makes side trips. Joan Collins is the owner of a little restaurant who likes the bottle a bit too much. Unhappy with what has become of her life, she decides to "surprise" husband Jason mid-way through his bus trip. Jayne Mansfield is the shamed burlesque dancer on the way to a heavy paying gig in San Juan and gets caught up in the flirtation by a traveling salesman, played by Dan Dailey. Delores Pritchard gives a great performance as the "fast" daughter traveling with her parents on this trip. Also noteworthy is Betty Lou Keim who plays Norma. A really good ensemble piece that deserves a remastered DVD version.

7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:
Jayne's wild wild world!, 18 August 2005
10/10

What a hoot as we have our beautiful and glamorous Jaynie playing "herself" but as an anthropologist who shows her "professor" footage (some of it actual) of the mating habits of tribes and people all across the world. There are a couple of scenes that are not for the faint of heart as a chicken and a pig are sacrificed in some mating rituals. But of course, we have two dance numbers where the beautiful La Mansfield shakes her groove thing! There is a comic pair in this much like Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin. They don't get on your nerves as much as has been reported and they are actually rather cute. The DVD version of this movie is almost like being in the actual theater. The film gets a 10 for one reason, Jayne Mansfield. We are even given a treat as she does a variation of her famous 1963 'Satire On The Strip'.

8 out of 10 people found the following review useful:
Superb ensemble cast, 16 August 2005
10/10

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I don't understand why 1. this film is not more popular today and 2. it got negative reviews. It is a great ensemble piece with particularly superb performances by Ray Danton as George Raft and Jayne Mansfield as Lisa (a fictionalized character based on Betty Grable). Also noteworthy are Julie London and Barbara Nichols in an amusing musical number. The fact is that Raft sold the rights to his life story because he needed the money, throughout his life he was plagued by financial problems and this film does a good job of explaining why. So naturally Hollywood uses its "poetic license" and adds a bit of its own illusion to his story. The movie has some great dancing in it and every effort was put into the choreography and it pays off. I can only hope a long awaited DVD will be released as I have a third rate VHS copy of this film. Jayne and Ray have a lot of good chemistry together and a nice "featured role" is Frank Gorshin as Raft's sidekick.


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