CYD CHARISSE–PARTY GIRL!

The above dance number from ‘Party Girl’ (1958, directed by Nicholas Ray) may be the most stunning display of the inimitable Cyd’s virtuosic grace mixed with astonishing athleticism–a combo that I don’t think I’ve ever seen surpassed–captured on film. As you can see from this weeks obsessive postings I’ve been a serious Cyd admirer (which means I speak ‘Cyd-Ish’) for years and have only ever been nagged by one grating question about her: how the hell did she wind up stuck with Tony Martin and why did she stay? The mediocre, philandering, draft-evading meatball romantic lead of the Marx Brothers worst movie was clearly the luckiest chump in Hollywood and for some reason I have a feeling he looked upon her the way Robert Taylor looks at Cyd when they cut to him at the nightclub table scowling. Whatever. I need to let that go. As long as Cyd was happy, I’m happy…maybe…

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