Sunday, December 30, 2012

Movie Ad of the Week: FORCE OF IMPULSE (1961)

World Premiere - November 29, 1961 - Kittanning, PA

The 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.


Anonymous said...

A pleasant surprise! It's an interesting film, and it would be really nice to see more such regional films (beyond just horror) given similar attention. Thanks!

tl said...

I was a high school student in Kittanning,PA, when this film came out and we actually had an assembly featuring Teri/Natalie (and yes, Reisberg was her name; her dad had a popular women's clothing store in Kittanning). In retrospect, it was more impressive that Tony Anthony, of later independent western movie fame also appeared. Whatever the neglect in local newspaper stories as to her centerfold status, her dad wasn't all that embarrassed. He had a clothed Playboy photo displayed in his store as soon as it appeared.

John O'Neill said...

What ever happened to Teri/Natalie? Is she still in Pennsylvania? We work with Playboy and would like to contact her for autograph signings! Yes, decades after the fact there are still a lot of people who would love to have her autograph. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Contact Thank you! John O.