F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Last of the Belles (January 7, 1974)

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The Last of the Belles
 

Released on January 7, 1974: An almost biographical story of the great love between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda, the last of the great Southern Belles.

Produced by Robert Berger

Directed by George Schaefer

The Actors: Richard Chamberlain (F. Scott Fitzgerald), Blythe Danner (Zelda Fitzgerald), Susan Sarandon (Allie Calhoun), David Huffman (Andy McKenna), Ernest Thompson (Earl Schoen), Richard Hatch (Bill Knowles), James Naughton (Captain John Haines), Albert Stratton (John Biggs), Alex Sheafe (Philippe), Sasha von Scherler (Jeanette), Thomas A. Stewart (Horace Canby), Norman Barrs (waiter), Earl Sydnor (Oliver), Brooke Adams (Kitty Preston), Cynthia Woll (Mary Bly Harwood), Tom Fitzsimmons (Don Cameron), Kate Wilkinson (first woman), Jane Hoffman (second woman), Dan Browning (speakeasy doorman), J. Don Ferguson (man in speakeasy), Ralph Flanders (taxi driver), Brendon Galloway (Mlle. Janine), Leslie Williams (Scottie), Steve Masterson (young man)

 

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Your Guns are all Crooked

Officially I don't think that I believe in reincarnation . . . but what I cannot prove or disprove I set on the shelf and reserve judgment. If I really believed in reincarnation I would tell you certainly that before I was 'me' I was a man-about-town back in the roaring 1920's. When I started watching this story that takes place in 1919, I felt at home . . . as if I belonged . . . the music, the cars, the people . . . it all felt familiar even though it was decades before 'I' would be born. Maybe that explains in part my great love for older movies over new motion pictures. Even though this story was filmed in the mid 1970's in full glorious color, the setting is 1919 and it all looks so wonderful to this old fart. F. Scott Fitzgerald was a famous author of the period who wrote mostly about his own experiences, and in this case about the courting years of his wife Zelda. Zelda is in a blue funk and Fitzgerald yearns for the days when she was into having fun as much as he was, and still is. He is longingly remembering their first days, and writing about them in his famous short story, The Last of the Belles. He changed the names of the characters, but Ailie Calhoun, the last of the belles, was patterned on his wife Zelda, and Andy McKenna is a young F. Scott Fitzgerald. This Southern girl courted and discarded her beaus as easily as the parakeet uses yesterday's newspaper on the floor of its cage. She is searching for her perfect mate, and of course that is a mythical thing that very few people ever find. But her search goes on, boy by boy, flirtation after flirtation, and her funny little quirk in her search is to adjust the little gun pins on the shoulders of the soldier boys and look deeply into their eyes as she says, 'Your guns are all crooked.' Her most telling line is when, after flirting and courting most every man she meets, she tells the one she knows best that she must marry a man who doesn't know her because she doesn't ever want to be understood, just worshipped. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled all over it and enjoy the show.

Albert Stratton
Albert Stratton
Alex Sheafe and Richard Chamberlain
Alex Sheafe and Richard Chamberlain
Blythe Danner as Zelda Fitzgerald
Blythe Danner as Zelda Fitzgerald
Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner
Brendon Galloway
Brendon Galloway
David Huffman and Richard Hatch
David Huffman and Richard Hatch
David Huffman and Susan Sarandon
David Huffman and Susan Sarandon
David Huffman
David Huffman
Ernest Thompson and Susan Sarandon
Ernest Thompson and Susan Sarandon
Ernest Thompson out of uniform
Ernest Thompson out of uniform
Ernest Thompson
Ernest Thompson
James Naughton
James Naughton
Norman Barrs
Norman Barrs
Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
Richard Chamberlain
Richard Hatch
Richard Hatch
Susan Sarandon and David Huffman
Susan Sarandon and David Huffman
Susan Sarandon and David Huffman
Susan Sarandon and David Huffman
Susan Sarandon and Ernest Thompson
Susan Sarandon and Ernest Thompson
Susan Sarandon and Sasha von Scherler
Susan Sarandon and Sasha von Scherler
Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon and Ernest Thompson
Susan Sarandon and Ernest Thompson
Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon
Thomas A. Stewart and Susan Sarandon
Thomas A. Stewart and Susan Sarandon
Thomas A. Stewart
Thomas A. Stewart
Tom Fitzsimmons
Tom Fitzsimmons