Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Film: Nutcracker

This film made in 1982 featured Finola Hughes as a Russian ballet dancer who defects and joins a London Ballet company run by Madame Carrere (played by Joan).
The film also featured Carol White, Paul Nicholas and Lesley Ash.

It was in 1997 that Joan worked alongside Finola again when she was cast as Christina Hobson in 7 episodes of Aaron Spelling's then new show Pacific Pallisades, which I will feature in another post.

JConthecover: Oggi (1983)

Today's cover is from the Italian magazine Oggi, dated 1 June 1983, and a cover that Joan has appeared on countless times, many of which I have in my collection. This picture is from the film Nutcracker, which I am also featuring in today's post.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Madame Tussards - London 1985

This press photo shows Joan at London's Madame Tussards Waxworks on 27th July 1985 after unveiling a waxwork of herself. This was the first time the Worldwide famous attraction had featured Joan.

I visited the next day, anxious to see the waxwork which was featured in a display in the Conservatory at the time, alongside Dame Edna Everage, and Dallas star Larry Hagman as JR.
Here are two photographs from my personal collection.

A second waxwork of Joan was commissioned in 1989 and I will feature details of this in a future post.

JConthecover: Unusual ?

Here it is as mentioned yesterday. Unfortunately as I don't speak Japanese I cannot give any write up on this cover, except to say it is probably 1950's. If anyone can shed any light on this, please post a comment.

Monday, 28 June 2010

JConthecover: Beverly Hills [213] (1983)

They say that every collector has a favourite item amongst their collection, and this cover from November 30th 1983 is one of mine from all the magazines I have, with a French/Polish cover to be featured in a future post coming in second.

The cover epitomizes style and sophistication, the gown that Joan is wearing was the one she wore at the Carousel Ball, in Season 4 episode 11, it was then used on the first waxwork of Joan at Madame Tussards in London. A great cover all round, hopefully other fans will agree.

Check tomorrows post for what I think is quite a rarity cover of Joan !!

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Jconthecover: TV World (1965)

Today's magazine goes back 45 years and is a copy of TV World dated February 20 1965.
Featured on the cover are Herbert Lom star of The Human Jungle and Joan who was making her first appearance on British television, playing a girl who tries to kill herself, in the episode "Struggle For A Mind".

In the opening scenes a man finds Joan's character slumped at the bottom of the Underground escalator in a trance. Leaning her against a wall he tries to retrieve her handbag, the handle has got stuck in the moving escalator, when he returns she has gone.
We next see Joan still in a trance walking along removing her clothes. Note: this was a Saturday night programme in 1965 so no nudity was shown, and even when Joan removed her bra it was a cleverly lit silhouette against the underground posters.

The guy catches her trail picking up her discarded clothes and fellow passengers pass her on the stairs shocked that she is naked. Finally at the edge of the platform you see the headlight of the oncoming tube train approaching, and Joan's foot teetering on the edge .... ready to jump into the path of the train.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

TV: Fantasy Island

This rare still shows Joan as Cleopatra when she guest starred in one episode of this series back in 1980.
Regular cast members were Ricardo Montalban (who later appeared in scenes with Joan as a guest in Dynasty as Zach Powers), and Herve Villechaize. The episode was called My Fair Pharoah, and Joan played Lucy Atwell who yearned to enter the "Fantasy" world of the Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra.

JConthecover: Parlee (1986)

This is the January 1986 issue of Parlee, an American Gay and Lesbian Guide for the Long Island, Fire Island, New York City & New Jersey Areas.
Joan features on the cover and inside a 2 page article, "Dynasty And Other Sins.

I do have another copy of this magazine which featured Joan on the cover, issued at the time of Dynasty The Reunion, and will feature this in another post.

Dynasty Adverts

OK, here is day three's advert for Season 5, this one appeared in TV Guides dated 14 November 1984.

Friday, 25 June 2010

JConthecover: National Enquirer (1984)

Joan appeared on the cover of this magazine many times, this one from September 18, 1984 ties in with Season 5 and the adverts from TV Guide we are featuring.
A 1 page article, "Shocking Surprises You'll See on Dynasty This Fall" featured inside.

Dynasty Adverts

Continuing with the US TV Guide adverts for Season 5 this appeared one week later, 31 October 1984.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

JConthecover: The Australian Magazine (1993)

This issue is from July 3, 1993 and features a 4 page article by Germaine Greer, "Do You Think I'm Sixty ?"

Dynasty Adverts

Back in May, I posted one of the adverts for Dynasty from the US TV Guide magazines, and mentioned there would be more of these in future posts.

With Season 5 now available in the UK, over the next few days, I will post those relating to story lines in this Season.

Today's is Episode 4, "The Rescue" and is dated 24 October 1984

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

JConthecover: Bild+Funk

This German magazine ties in with today's post for the UK release of Season 5. Featured on the cover is Joan as Alexis behind bars for the murder of Mark Jennings.
Inside a 2 page article.

DVD: Dynasty Season 5

A first for all UK fans, as this season has NOT YET been released in America.
I was advised by Amazon UK, that my pre-order of 2 May 2010 had been despatched and it arrived today. I'm speechless - the cover artwork is amazing.

At the end of Season 4, Fallon was seen driving off in a torrential thunderstorm minutes before going ahead with her wedding to Jeff Colby, and Alexis was arrested for the murder of Mark Jennings and left in prison amongst prostitutes and other women inmates, wearing a fabulous red off the shoulder evening gown.

This Season picks up where that all left off and contains 29 episodes ending with the Royal Wedding and the famous Moldavian Massacre. Who lives and who dies was left until Season 6.
Look out for guest appearances from Rock Hudson, Ali Macgraw, and Billy Dee Williams in this Season. Total running time is approx 1296 minutes.