Drive-in Dream Girls: A Galaxy of B-movie Starlets of the Sixties

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2003 - Performing Arts - 350 pages
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During the 1960s, a bushel of B-movies were produced and aimed at the predominantly teenage drive-in movie audience. At first teens couldn't get enough of the bikini-clad beauties dancing on the beach or being wooed by Elvis Presley, but by 1966 young audiences became more interested in the mini-skirted, go-go boot wearing, independent-minded gals of spy spoofs, hot rod movies and biker flicks.
Profiled herein are fifty sexy, young actresses that teenage girls envied and teenage boys desired including Quinn O'Hara, Melody Patterson, Hilarie Thompson, Donna Loren, Pat Priest, Meredith MacRae, Arlene Martel, Cynthia Pepper, and Beverly Washburn. Some like Sue Ane Langdon, Juliet Prowse, Marlyn Mason, and Carole Wells, appeared in major studio productions while others, such as Regina Carrol, Susan Hart, Angelique Pettyjohn and Suzie Kaye were relegated to drive-in movies only.
Each biography contains a complete filmography. Some also include the actresses' candid comments and anecdotes about their films, the people they worked with, and their feelings about acting. A list of web sites that provide further information is also included.
 

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Wonderful collection of narratives, based on interviews for the most part) with drive-in movie queens, veterans of beach, Elvis, horror, and biker movies. Makes you want to sit down and watch them ... Read full review

Contents

Joan Freeman
246
Susan Hart
252
Anne Helm
258
Mary Hughes
264
Marta Kristen
270
Dodie Marshall
281
Mary Mitchel
289
Web Sites
329
Index
339
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Tom Lisanti is the author of McFarland's Hollywood Surf and Beach Movies (2005), Drive-in Dream Girls: A Galaxy of B-Movie Starlets of the Sixties (2003), Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962?1973 (2002, coauthored with Louis Paul) and Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema: Interviews with 20 Actresses from Biker, Beach, and Elvis Movies (2001). He is a contributing writer for Cinema Retro magazine and lives in New York.

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