jmichael wrote:I'm enjoying this book enormously but I think he's a bit hard on Doris when it comes to "Romance on the High Seas" and "Calamity Jane."
He is correct that Doris was untrained as an actress when she made her first film but I find her performance to be natural and completely captivating. I just don't agree that she overdoes the "hip chick" routine. She seems confident, charming and comfortable in that role.
And he feels her performance in Calamity was bordeline manic. Well Ok she is very athletic and boisterous but hell that's who the character was....she was bombastic and outrageous. Doris is "on fire" in that role and I cannot imagine any of her contemporaries (Judy, Betty Hutton or June Allyson) coming close to what she does in that role. Her Calamity is a classic.
I liked Santopietro's book on the whole , but didn't at all agree with his asessment of Calamity Jane and Pillow Talk. In Calamity Jane Doris gave a bravura performance and both films are are jewls in her acting crown. In Pillow Talk she established a gold standard for romantic comediennes.
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