Thursday, August 9, 2018

By the Gods!

Julie Newmar as a 'dancer-assassin' in SLAVES OF BABYLON (1953)

This movie gets an undeserved rep. Yes, it's sorta uninspired. Yes, it's low budget. Yes, the exteriors look like California! Yes, some of the acting is bland but you know what? I like it. It was directed by William Castle and it's one of several films he made for Columbia Pictures before his foray into the horror genre which made him famous. Of all his PEPLUM films, it's the most solid one. It sorta looks like an episode of STAR TREK (overlit sets, garish colours, etc) but with all its faults, the film actually creates some pathos and it has a couple of stand-out moments, like this dance scene.


John said...

Shes got her own title credit, too, as: "Special Dance by Julie Newmayer".

Scott Ochiltree said...

Julie Newmar was a really outstanding dancer.

She famously danced in gold paint in SERPENT OF THE NILE (1953), a clip that is available on the Internet.