And Laura Devon on YOU TUBE ....
RED LINE 7000
Thanks Jimmy for shedding some light on the Portuguese promo of Tatia
and Katie from Brattleboro
And with that thought in mind, here's some more on Laura Devon
If you head on over to YOUTUBE ... you can find the film RED LINE 7000
(1965) posted in 8 parts.
The film is notable for starring a very young James Caan and our own "Tatia," Laura Devon.
I, of course, have a great affection for the lovely Ms. Devon - what a beautiful voice she had ...
is a film about race car drivers and their girlfriends -- and was directed and co-written by Howard Hawkes
. And some others of interest also appear in the film - including George Takei
of Star Trek fame, and also a 2 time I SPY visitor (the secondary Samurai in "Tigers of Heaven" and the butler in "The Barter") ... and Marianna Hill
(Joanne in "Night Train to Madrid").
The talented song-writer was a one-time girlfriend of Bob's. So for all you romantics out there, here are her comments again about our own Kelly Robinson and their relationship ... in an interview with Paul Payton.
CC: "By the way, you do know that I co-wrote probably one of the most important love songs of all times...
PP: "With You I'm Born Again"...
CC: It's one of my favorite songs of all times.
PP: I haven't gone to stuff that was covered on your website, or was out of this particular era.
CC: Just as a little history, I wrote it for my love affair with Robert Culp. I was going with him at the time, and I wanted Robert to feel that way about me - and he did - and I felt that way about him. It was from a film called "Fast Break," the Gabe Kaplan film; it was just a little melody in the film that David Shire wrote."
CC: Yes. Thanks to Howard Hawks, who absolutely fell in love with me when I used to drive in with my Cobra, I wrote two songs for it: 'Wild Cat Jones', for which I wrote music and lyrics, for the lead, a lady named Gail Hire, who was one of Howard Hawks' finds. James Caan was in that, and Skip Ward, and I was in the film with Cissy Wellman - she was [famous Hollywood director] William Wellman's daughter. I ended up in the film because Howard Hawks said to me, 'You're so pretty that I want to put you in the film.' I said, 'I can't act,' and he said, 'Neither can anyone else! You're in the film, or I won't use your songs!' The reason he wanted my music was because I'd just come off [the big hit] 'Hey Little Cobra'. So I'm in the film; there's a scene of me dancing - I play a waitress. Also I wrote 'Waiting For You' - although I don't remember if that's the exact title - with Nelson Riddle. I wrote most of the song, but Nelson took some of the credit because 'he had to' - but that was okay with me. And that's a cult film today, by the way.
In the article, Ms. Connors is quite open about her past loves, mentioning
Elvis as one of her earliest, and her relationship with David Janssen.
Later in the article, she talks about "Red Line 7000" ....
And connecting some of these ends into a full circle, here's Ms. Devon with Ms. Connors' other boyfriend, David Janssen, in The Fugitive
episode "Chinese Sunset." Also starring is Paul Richards "Chanetsov" from I SPY's "The Spy Business" ... ( Have I mentioned that everything
in the world is connected to I SPY??
And Ms. Devon was also an accomplished singer, besides being a talented actress (remember she sang a bit in "Tatia.") And she sings in the film "GUNN" starring Craig Stevens. She was married to the composer Maurice Jarre for many years. Mr. Jarre composed the amazing film scores for "Lawrence of Arabia," "Dr. Zhivago." "The Longest Day, "Gambit," "Ryan's Daughter," and "Shogan" to name just a few.
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