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Screen Starlet Martha Hyer Dies, Aged 89


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Martha Hyer, one of the last glamour girls of the Golden Age of Hollywood, died on the 31st May at her home in Santa Fe, aged 89. A representative from Rivera Funeral Home confirmed the death to the Santa Fe New Mexican but said there was no funeral service or memorial planned.

Martha HyerMartha Hyer at the Hilton Hotel in 1960 [Photo: Getty images, credit: Hulton Archive]

Born on the 10th August 1924 in Texas, Hyer kickstarted her movie career after attending college with a modest role in 1946's The Locket. She then earned roles in So Big (1953), Sabrina (1954), The Delicate Delinquent (1956) and Houseboat (1958). Famed for her striking beauty, Hyer appeared in dozens of Old Hollywood movies throughout her career and earned an Oscar nomination for playing Frank Sinatra's love interest in 1958's Some Came Running.

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Sabrina Review


Weak
I'm afraid your opinion of Billy Wilder's 1954 romantic comedy classic Sabrina depends on your opinion of Audrey Hepburn. And even if you find her enchanting, a delicate flower, you may have a tough road to hoe.

Hepburn plays the title character, a shy girl who's desperately in love with David Larrabee (William Holden), a rakish Long Island playboy whose too busy chasing skirts and getting married to notice the wispy chauffeur's daughter. Nearly suicidal over David's lack of attention, she reluctantly goes to cooking school in Paris for a couple of years. It's time well spent. She meets a wealthy baron, gets a great new wardrobe, and secures some self-confidence. "I've learned how to live of the world and in the world," she writes her father before leaving Paris.

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Some Came Running Review


Weak
You can dress Frank Sinatra up as a mysterious ex-G.I. with a wad of money and a flair with a pen, but that doesn't mean the movie in question will evolve beyond a cut-rate Peyton Place. Some Came Running starts with promise, as Ol' Blue Eyes drifts into town and dredges up all sort of troubling history with his family, but ends up being a kind of tepid love triange involving Frank, a luscious blonde, and Shirley Maclaine. In the end, some do come running in a memorable yet odd finale, but they just don't get there fast enough to elevate the story into the classic some think it is. Based on a James Jones novel.

The Delicate Delinquent Review


Weak
Jerry Lewis's first sans-Dino flick (Martin didn't want to be seen on screen in a police uniform) isn't anything special, but its goofy premise -- a janitor is mistaken for a hoodlum, and he is "rehabilitated" by an oblivious policeman -- might win him a few converts. The gags aren't terribly good or bad, but a gibberish-filled fight with a Japanese wrestler (not exactly a sumo wrestler, but whatever) is somewhat memorable.
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