Kl Studio Classics
1957 – 1959 / 1.75:1, 1.85:1, / 216 Min. / Street Date – November 20, 2018
Starring Mamie Van Doren, Anne Bancroft, Lee Van Cleef, Lex Barker
Cinematography by Stanley Cortez, William Margulies
Directed by Howard Koch, Edward Cahn
Mamie Van Doren, née Joan Lucille Olander, was born in Rowena, South Dakota in 1931. In 1942 the family relocated to Hollywood where the camera-ready kid blossomed at the speed of light – a Pantages usherette at the age of 13, she racked up a string of attention-grabbing gigs that led to a reign as Miss Eight Ball and the inevitable merger with Tinseltown’s preeminent lounge lizard, Howard Hughes.
That arrangement generated a distinctly higher-profile for the industrious starlet – from an eye-popping Alberto Vargas pinup to swivel-hipped walk-ons in a series of forgettable potboilers and finally a contract at Universal. A cheeky studio exec christened her “Mamie” thereby hijacking the name of President