Film Geeks San Diego and San Diego Italian Film Festival – Italian Genre Cinema – Digital Gym – “After the Fox” intro – Victoria Mature

Thank you to Beth Accomando and Miguel Rodriguez for organizing the event and for shooting the video! Special thanks to Miguel Rodriguez for editing this video of my intro presentation:

A ‘Head’y Tweet…HEAD (1968), ‘The Big Vic’, The Monkees, Jack Nicholson, Carole King, Timbuktu (1958), Bernard Herrmann, Wuthering Heights, The Egyptian (1954), Michael Curtiz, and The Egyptian…again!

A ‘HEAD’y tweet…and no, I’m not talking about Miss Hedy Lamarr, or Groucho Marx, or Delilah’s bosom…if that’s all you’re interested in…then read the previous post! 😉

HEAD (1968), ‘The Big Vic’, The Monkees, Jack Nicholson, Carole King, Timbuktu (1958), Bernard Herrmann, Wuthering Heights, The Egyptian (1954), Michael Curtiz, and The Egyptian…again!

While searching Victor Mature on Twitter, I came across this ‘Head’y tweet from Jessica (J.P.) @HollywoodComet regarding…HEAD (1968):

“Victor Mature was my favorite part of HEAD.” – tweeted Jessica      “Victor Mature admitted the script made no sense to him: “All I know is it makes me laugh.” LOL”

Jessica’s tweet inspired some ‘HEAD’y thoughts…;-) Personally, I love the scene where The Monkees are sucked up out of my Dad’s hair like large pieces of dandruff…

HEAD – Quotes from the theatrical trailer:

HEAD –  “What’s it all about? Only Victor Mature’s hairdresser knows for sure…”

HEAD – “The most extraordinary adventure, western, comedy, love story, mystery, drama, musical, documentary, satire ever made!”

(Yes! That is Annette Funicello!)

HEAD – the psychedelic film directed by Bob Rafelson…starring The Monkees, Annette Funicello, Frank Zappa, Teri Garr, Tony Basil, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Bob Rafelson, Sonny Liston..and Victor Mature as “The Big Vic”.

HEAD was one of Jack Nicholson’s earliest attempts at screen writing…

HEAD – the soundtrack included The Porpoise Song – co-written by Carole King

Carole King’s demo version:

Here’s the Monkees’ version from HEAD:

Ten years before HEAD (1968) was released, Victor Mature starred in the film Timbuktu (1958) with Yvonne de Carlo…and George Dolenz…(Micky Dolenz’ [of The Monkees] father)…

Continuing on this HEAD trip…Jessica (J.P.) @HollywoodComet, the author of the afore-quoted tweet, is doing the PR for Lives of Bernard Herrmann: A documentary exploring the life and music of Academy Award winning composer Bernard Herrmann. (@HerrmannMovie) …and, apparently, Alec Baldwin will be lending his talents to the documentary. (IMDB)

As a film composer, Herrmann started his career with Citizen Kane (1941) and exited with Taxi Driver (1976). In between, there were 70+ films: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960), to name a few…and, of course…The Egyptian (1954) starring Jean Simmons, Gene Tierney, Bella Darvi, Michael Wilding, Peter Ustinov, and “The Big Vic.”

Bernard Herrmann also composed a gorgeous, rarely performed opera titled Wuthering Heights (1951)…based on the 1847 novel, by Emily Brontë. Hermann’s first wife, Lucille Fletcher, wrote the libretto…

The Egyptian (1954)

Just so you’re a-HEAD of the game…a new biography of The Egyptian’s illustrious director will be released by The University of Kentucky Press at the end of November 2017…  Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film by Alan K. Rode. …I hear there’s nearly an entire chapter dedicated to the intrigue surrounding the making of The Egyptian…;-)

Before you HEAD for other parts…

P.S. The Michael Curtiz Evening to celebrate the book’s release and subject will be held 12/7/17 in Los Angeles at…The Egyptian Theatre…;-)

P.P.S. HEAD (1968) can be found as part of The Criterion Collection…seriously! 😉


Victoria Mature


“I’m no actor and I’ve got 64 pictures to prove it!”Victor Mature



24 Hours of Victor Mature on Twitter

Samson and Delilah, Groucho Marx and breast size, Hail Caesar!

24 Hours of Victor Mature on Twitter…

An amusing, but inaccurate, post from Ravi Swami @oshunoxtra from London: ” – as Victor Mature once said, he had bigger boobs than the heroine…:)”

…as much as I would like to attribute it to my Dad…I tweeted back that:

Groucho Marx was indeed the author of this fine quote.                          At the 1949 premiere of Samson and Delilah (starring Victor Mature, Hedy Lamarr, and Angela Lansbury), Marx was asked by the film’s director, Cecil B. DeMille, what he thought of the epic picture. Marx stated: “Well, there’s just one problem C.B. No picture can hold my interest where the leading man’s tits are bigger than the leading lady’s!”

Ravi Swami’s response: “… – thank you for the correction of what is an immortal & pithy quote :)…”


Today, someone tweeted that VM starred with Deborah Kerr and Peter Ustinov in Quo Vadis (1951)….but that wasn’t VM…it was Robert Taylor.

A common misconception about VM, is that he starred in just about every sword and sandal movie ever made…:-)

Victor Mature has become synonymous with Biblical/sword and sandal films (so much so that even George Clooney is talking about how he used VM’s perceived film persona as inspiration for his recent role in ‘Hail, Caesar!”) Yet, less than a fifth of VM’s films were in this genre. Over half his films were in the more intimate genres of noir and western which captured VM doing his best and most subtle work.

Why, then, is he considered the king of high sandals and short tunics?

This is my explanation: First, for more than twenty years, starting back in the late 1960’s right on into the 1980’s, before everyone had cable, back when the entire United States watched the same few channels, The Robe (1953) and/or Samson and Delilah (1949) were always showcased around Easter time. People grew up seeing Victor Mature playing Demetrius and Samson…and for many, this was their main (if not only) exposure both to Victor Mature and to the Biblical/sword and sandal genre of the 1950’s… Second, nowadays, most people get their classic film education from TCM who tends to only show films from the MGM catalogue because that is what they own. Thus, many of Victor Mature’s terrific ’40’s and ’50’s films, owned by 20th Century Fox and other studios, don’t get exposed to a large modern audience, and have yet to become part of the modern film vernacular like Samson and Delilah and The Robe once were.

“I’m no actor and I’ve got 64 pictures to prove it!” – Victor Mature