Triple Feature

Valley of the Dolls (SOLD OUT)

The Fearless Vampire Killers

The Wrecking Crew

Valley of the Dolls (SOLD OUT)

This show is now SOLD OUT. Unlike other New Beverly events, please note that we are not holding aside tickets to sell at the door for this screening. However, we will have a standby line for any seats that may open up throughout the night.

Dolls, the instant turn-on. For three starry-eyed newcomers to the Broadway scene, love, money, and fame are the greatest highs of all… but none could be prepared for the lows. Barbara Parkins is Anne, the quintessential good girl with all the bad breaks. She took the green pills. Patty Duke is Neely, the bright star desperate not to burn out. She took the red pills. Sharon Tate, in a heartbreaking performance, is Jennifer, the international sex symbol victimized by all. She took the blue pills. In the Valley of the Dolls, it’s instant love, instant excitement, and ultimate hell.

Director
Mark Robson
Starring
Barbara Parkins, Patty Duke, Paul Burke, Sharon Tate, Tony Scotti, Lee Grant, Susan Hayward
Year
1967
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
123 minutes

The Fearless Vampire Killers

Director Roman Polanski was a big fan of Hammer Films and, reportedly, one of the main reasons he made the dazzlingly macabre comedy The Fearless Vampire Killers was as a tribute to the British gothic horror maestros. It’s also the film where he began dating rising star (and future spouse) Sharon Tate who appears here as the innkeeper’s daughter whose whisked away by Count von Krolock (Ferdy Mane) to his snowbound mountain castle. The eccentric, elderly vampire hunter Professor Abronsius (Jack MacGowran) and awkward assistant Alfred (Polanski, doing double duty) are soon in hot pursuit to rescue the damsel-in-distress. Cinematographer Douglas Slocombe lensed the deep, saturated hues, capturing an ethereal nightmare fairyland. This was Polanski’s first film in color and scope, and the delirious original music was composed by Krzysztof Komeda (who did scores for Polanski’s Cul-de-Sac and Rosemary’s Baby). However, American executive producer Martin Ransohoff and MGM retitled the film for the USA, cut 12 minutes, added an animated prologue and redubbed actor MacGowran’s voice, changes which did not endear the movie to critics. Luckily, the studio finally began circulating prints of Polanski’s original cut in the late 1980s which resulted in a much-deserved reappraisal of the film.

“Funny and scary, this is vintage Polanski. A beautifully-designed, subtly subversive parody of the 1960s Hammer films.” – Kim Newman, Empire Magazine

Hollywood Backstage goes behind the scenes of The Fearless Vampire Killers with candid footage of Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski.

View the full set of US lobby cards for The Fearless Vampire Killers on the New Beverly forum.

Director
Roman Polanski
Starring
Jack MacGowran, Alfie Bass, Jessie Robins, Sharon Tate, Ferdy Mayne, Roman Polanski
Year
1967
Country
USA/UK
Format
35mm
Running Time
108 minutes

The Wrecking Crew

Gorgeous BRAND NEW 35mm print! Dean Martin had already been goofing on the James Bond bandwagon since 1966, with three previous outings as the boozing secret agent ladies man Matt Helm. With The Wrecking Crew, he wisely brings back director Phil Karlson (who did the first in the series, The Silencers) for the final entry. Martin’s Helm character was always surrounded by beautiful women in the roles of heroines and villains. Sharon Tate’s growing confidence in her comedic skills makes her performance as spy ally Freya Carlson a pleasure to watch as she goofily attempts to aid Helm in foiling arch villain Count Contini (Nigel Green), who is trying to wreck the global economy. Contini has his own stable of deadly females (Elke Sommer and Nancy Kwan) to thwart Helm’s efforts. Dino was so impressed with Tate’s presence and comic timing that he wanted to bring her character back for the next Helm picture. Unhappily, the film’s diminished box office returns, and Tate’s untimely tragic death in August, 1969, made this impossible. Although Tate still had one more movie in the can – the Italian comedy, The 13 Chairs – it was posthumously released.

“The Wrecking Crew emerges as a very entertaining, relaxed spy comedy. It features Dean Martin, Elke Sommer, Nancy Kwan and Sharon Tate, the latter in a delightful comedy performance.” – Variety

Sharon Tate discusses the craft of acting in a rare 1966 interview.

View a set of Sharon Tate production stills for The Wrecking Crew on the New Beverly forum.

Director
Phil Karlson
Starring
Dean Martin, Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate, Nancy Kwan, Nigel Green, Tina Louise
Year
1969
Rated
PG
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
104 minutes

Upcoming Showtimes

Sun, October 27
6:30 pm
Valley of the Dolls (SOLD OUT)
9:05 pm
The Fearless Vampire Killers
11:10 pm
The Wrecking Crew