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.

Friday, February 12, 2016

The 39th Anniversary


Today is the 39th anniversary of the unsolved murder of Christa Helm. Every year there are numerous reports of cold case crimes being solved so hope springs eternal. 
R.I.P. 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

J. Herbert Kerr, Jr.


Ran across this 1973 article about J. Herbert Kerr, Jr's appearance in BROKE. In 1972, he had a breakout role in the controversial A PLACE CALLED TODAY in which he took the lead--a radical black presidential candidate. IMDB lists only one other film credit beyond Christa's movie and that was in '77. IBDB lists him back onstage in 1978 but then nothing beyond that. Does anyone know whatever became of Herb?  


Friday, October 23, 2015

Frank Raiter in North Carolina


Double click to read this long 1978 piece on LET'S GO FOR BROKE's villain, Frank Raiter. Later a Broadway star, at this time, he had settled in as a local stage favorite in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Newly Discovered Broke Ad


Proving what I've said all along--that LET'S GO FOR BROKE played for a full 2 weeks rather than the 4 days alleged by the TV documentary and picked up by others since--here's a variant ad highlighting the appearances of Raiter (who had headlined at the UC Repertory theater just a couple of years earlier) and Egan (who barely appears). Tickets for the run were $2.50 each, an increase of at least a dollar over standard pries at that time. For reasons I can't figure out, THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER did not review the movie at all in spite of its exclusivity to Cincinnati, nor did they cover the stars' appearance in town at all. The latter may be due to the fact that both Jack Benny and local TV legend Paul Dixon died that same weekend. Or possibly the fact that the CINCINNATI POST had promoted it in advance with a contest...although I don't believe they ended up reviewing it either!