World Premiere - November 29, 1961 - Kittanning, PA
Beyond Leone spaghetti western series we co-hosted at 92Y Tribeca last month certainly renewed our interest in the cinema of Tony Anthony, even if the paying public shared none of our enthusiasm for the wonders of GET MEAN. The West Virginia-born western star's first film as actor/producer/co-writer, FORCE OF IMPULSE (1961), is available from Something Weird and worth picking up if you have any interest in regional filmmaking in general (it was shot independently in Florida) or the careers of Anthony and director Saul Swimmer in particular. Other cast members of note include Robert Alda, J. Carroll Naish, Jody McCrea, and jazz drummer Lionel Hampston, plus an "introducing" credit for young female lead Teri Hope, Playboy's Miss September 1958. The IMDb credits Ms. Hope's birth name as Natalie Hope Ronson, while Wikipedia has it as Natalie Hope Heisburg, but the articles below -- from the world premiere showing in her hometown of Kittanning, Pennsylvania -- all refer to her as Natalie Reisberg. Not surprisingly, the 'local girl makes good' press coverage acknowledges the new stage name and shaves two years off her age while avoiding all mention of her Playboy appearances.