ESQUIRE MAGAZINE COVER: MARCH, 1970

ESQUIRE

ESQUIRE MAGAZINE COVER: MARCH, 1970

When a high-profile magazine, such as Esquire, wants to sell copies of their latest issue back in 1970, they put the biggest star in the world on its cover (Lee Marvin Point Blank, p. 175). It would be natural to assume that would mean this same big star would be profiled within its covers. The magazine, which at the time measured a whopping 10×13, had a caption that would lead the reader to believe it as well. “Evil lurks in California. Lee Marvin is afraid. See page 99,” Okay, turn to page 99 and what’s to be found?  On page 99  you find the beginning o  a multi-layered article on why evil does indeed lurk in California. At that moment in time it meant the Manson family, the murder of Robert F. Kennedy and a slew of other well-known atrocites. Keep in mind, this is the same magazine that thought it would be cute to have a cover photo of Lt. John Calley smiling as he’s shown surrounded by a group of Vietnamese children and villagers.

In any event, Marvin may indeed have been afraid, but you’d never know it from Esquire…or from the cover photo!

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MONTE WALSH OPENING CREDITS

Monte Walsh still

Monte Walsh

Monte Walsh opening credits clip from YouTube.

Monte Walsh remains one of Lee Marvin’s best yet least seen films. I was extremely fortunate to interview co-stars Jack Palance and Mitchell Ryan about the making of the film  and it’s all in the pages of Lee Marvin Point Blank.
The wonderful score by John Barry (Lyrics by Hal David) with the song “The Good Times Are Comin'”sung by the wonderful Cass Elliot (she hated being called ‘Mama Cass’) underscores the elegiac quality of this sadly forgotten western and one of the best films in Lee Marvin’s career that sets the mood of the film from the outset, as it should be. Give a listen…

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