Getting new DVD's in has become quite a problem with all the crap going on in this once great country, so I figured I'd spotlight one of my favorite performers.
Over the years there have been a plethora of beautiful actresses that have made me drool from the 40's thru the 90's but one of the ones that REALLY made an impression on me was the gorgeous MAMIE VAN DOREN.
The South Dakota born beauty was first introduced to me in the 1951 film noir classic "His Kind Of Woman" in a small uncredited part, and she really caught my eye. Back when I was a wee little guys cutting my teeth on movies I didn't know who she was, but after the above listed movie I soon found out.
I was a teenager when I saw "High School Confidential" and Mamie knocked my socks off with her portrayal of a lust filled woman with and incredible body and more incredibly tight sweaters!! Watching her tempt Russ Tamblyn all while taking a seductive bite out of an apple sent me over the edge. I was hooked and needed to see more.
With the advent of VHS I was able to see much more of Van Doren's films including "Teacher's Pet", "Girls Town", "The Beat Generation", "Voyage To The Planet Of Prehistoric Women", and many more.
I have never seen a film of hers that I didn't like. I recently acquired the DVD of "Guns, Girls and Gangsters" from Kino and the first time we see Mamie she is singing in a nightclub and is looking hotter than hell!!! Once seen, it's not soon forgotten.
Mamie was perfect for the motion picture business. Her beautiful body, wonderful lips and that platinum blonde hair made for something that always mixed well with the roles she had. To this day when I see one of her movies I still get that feeling I had when I first saw her.
Mamie turned 89 this past February and is the last living "Bombshell" of the golden era of movie making. It's nice that when talking to her she has no regrets to speak of about her career.
Mamie is one of a kind and her legacy still lives on. Not too shabby for a young woman who grew up in a house with no running water or electricity and went on to become one of the most enduring women in movies.
There will never be another like her, and that's a good thing because the world couldn't handle two such gorgeous women. Mamie Van Doren, a talented actress and someone who helped fuel my passionate fire for movies that still burns out of control within me.
In case you're interested there are a lot of her movies available on DVD. All of the ones I mentioned here as well as "Navy Vs. The Night Monsters", "Las Vegas Hillbilly's", and "The Big Operator". I just wish to heck I could get "Star In The Dust" back into my collection.