DAD TRIBUTE PT. 3: 'JENNIE LOGAN'
Above is a rather perfunctory trailer for an MOW my father adapted and directed in 1979 called "The Two Worlds Of Jennie Logan" (the whole movie is posted below). It starred Lindsey Wagner as a woman who goes back in time and...well, watch the goddam trailer and you'll figure it out. I remember being on the set a few times and meeting the DP whose name was Al Francis. This was significant to me since I was already a movie geek and had learned that when Francis was a young man he'd been a camera assistant on 'Casablanca'.
I've often thought of which movie sets--given the possibility of time travel--would be the ones I'd want to go back and visit. Obviously 'Citizen Kane'. Possibly 'Shane'--specifically for the fight scene, just to see exactly how long George Stevens spent shooting all that stuff (has to have been a week, probably two?). One of the Von Sternberg/Dietrichs would make an interesting visit and who could resist a visit to a Laurel and Hardy set? (Stan was quite the man in charge of those shorts so it would be interesting to see the contrast of the on-camera comic artist with the behind the scenes ass-kicker that he apparently was). The 'Casablanca' set ranks way up there as well. The film was famously chaotic in its making, with alternate versions of scenes being filmed due to nobody being sure how the story would end and neither Bogart nor Bergman having any confidence whatsoever in what was going on. Anyway, the fourteen year old Raymond De Felitta went up to the crusty old cameraman who'd actually been there and here was our exchange:
Raymond: Hi Mr. Francis. My father said you worked on 'Casablanca'.
Al Francis: Yep.
Raymond: What was that like?
Al Francis: Wasn't anything special.
Raymond: What was the director Michael Curtiz like?
Al Francis: He was a son of a bitch.
(he walks away).
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Posted by Raymond De Felitta at 7:25 AM