Friday, June 16, 2017

Booksteve Meets Nicole Clements


After 11 years of looking into the life and death of Christa Helm, today I was able to finally meet her daughter Nicole. Things are happening. Stay tuned for more details.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Christa Warning



There is a new "book" out on Christa Helm, self-published in April via Createspace. It's overpriced at $7.99 for a mere 44 pages but it also STEALS most of its contents from the above online bio of the murdered actress that John O'Dowd and I co-wrote ten years ago. 

I'm not going to name the author but I am warning you now. No matter how interested you are in Christa's case, save your money, don't support thieves, and read almost the exact same thing online here:

Saturday, August 6, 2016

1974 Christa Article


Click on this to read a surprisingly detailed article about Christa from nearly a year before the BROKE premiere. In fact, it sounds like this interview/audience was conducted after the shooting in Haiti but before Ron Walsh was brought in to finish the film in the US.The article not only namechecks Joe Namath (she got that a lot) but also Nicole, Gary and even Lennie. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Broke in '73


Spotted this quintessential LET'S GO FOR BROKE image in THE INDIANAPOLIS STAR in August 0f 1973, a full 17 months before the film premiered in nearby Cincinnati and several months before it was even shot!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lady J Trade Report-1975


From late July of 1975, 7 full months after LET'S GO FOR BROKE premiered in Cincinnati, came this trade mag report regarding the revised LADY J version of the film. The "above" mentioned were the other films in the previously posted Joseph Brenner and associates ad. So at this point, then, Brenner had not only clearly picked up the film for distribution but was apparently planning on it being their major release of the time period. What happened, then, that it remained unreleased and Duncan was still trying to sell it 2 years later after Christa's death? 

Note also the news that she had signed for a sequel. While it seems logical that Duncan would have kept an option on her for sequels if the initial release had gone well, why would she actually sign for a sequel to a movie that had not come out at all?

Always more questions.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Lady J in Variety


Here finally we have a larger version of that ad we ran some time back from VARIETY promoting the  re-edited version of LET'S GO FOR BROKE which was called LADY J. The ad makes it seem as though the film was in release but there remains no actual indication that it ever was shown to the public. The rest of the films here can be accounted for but not Christa's. This was nearly a year beyond the Cincinnati premiere of BROKE so presumably LADY J could also have incorporated the new scenes supposedly shot in Florida (not by director Walsh and without the participation of Chitra). Would have been interesting to see a rating here as Producer Stuart Duncan often said in interviews that BROKE was always intended to be PG and yet one can speculate that the new scenes might have been shot to make it an R for more exploitation release.