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Having been a fan of this film for quite a time, I was watching clips on YouTube and found something I thought might interest other fans of the film.




I was surprised at how much better the acting seemed in the screen test in comparison to the final film. I also am wondering why the final film version of the tested scene omits much of the dialogue between the characters, when the extended screen test version does such a better job of helping to develop the characters of Jennifer and Tony and their attraction to one another.

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Man I love _Valley of the Dolls_ & the book too!!! Before her death, Susann planned a sequel to _Valley of the Dolls_. In 2001, author Rae Lawrence created _Shadow of the Dolls_, based on notes Susann left for the intended sequel.


I love Jacqueline Susann's _Shadow of the Dolls_ to. I wish Hollywood would make this into a film! It would be interesting!











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*Emmy-nominated 'Naked City' actor Paul Burke dies*


Sept. 13, 2009



PALM SPRINGS, Calif. ? Paul Burke, who was twice nominated for an Emmy for his role as Det. Adam Flint in the gritty crime hit "Naked City," died Sunday. He was 83.


Burke, who had leukemia and non-Hodgkins lymphoma, died with wife Lyn at his side at his home in Palm Springs, family spokeswoman Daniela Ryan said.


Burke was featured in dozens of TV series in his four-decade career, including prominent parts on "12 O'Clock High" and "Dynasty."


In a pair of notable big screen appearances in the late 1960s he played a cop who chased upscale art thief Steve McQueen "The Thomas Crown Affair" and had the leading male role in the tale of young women and Hollywood excess "Valley of the Dolls."


Burke was born in New Orleans in 1926. His father was a boxer, Martin Burke, who had once fought heavyweight champion Gene Tunney.


The family ran a restaurant and nightclub in the city's French Quarter during World War II called Marty Burke's, where Paul Burke spent much of his time before leaving for Southern California to pursue an acting career at 19.


Burke said seeing that seeing the sad characters pass through the club gave him a sense of purpose.


"I stayed up late watching the barflies, the brawlers," he told TV Guide in 1962. "I listened to the stories of wasted lives, I watched the effect of wasted lives. It gave me a strong feeling of urgency about my own life."


He studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, and after a slew of bit guest spots on television shows, he landed his first starring role in 1956 playing veterinarian Dr. Noah McCann in the short-lived series "Noah's Ark."


Four years later he joined "Naked City" in its second season, when it changed from a half-hour to an hour drama. Burke played the brooding detective Flint on the show famous for its dark, quasi-documentary style. It allowed him to practice his craft with future stars like Robert Duvall and Dustin Hoffman, who made guest appearances.


"Acting is more exciting than living ? more electric, more immediate than living," he told TV Guide at the time. "That's because life is full of random elements. In acting, you select, you choose the elements. This selection allows you to get to the essence of the character, the essence of an experience."


Burke would move on to play an Air Force colonel in the adventure show "12 O'Clock High," where he met his actress wife Lyn.


He continued getting steady work into his 60s, including a recurring role in the primetime soap opera "Dynasty" from 1982-1988.


His last part was in the 1990 film "The Fool." He had since retired to Palm Springs.


In addition to his wife, Burke is survived by three children from his first marriage, Paula Burke-Lopez, Paul Brian Burke and Dina Burke-Shawkat.


Funeral plans were pending.






*_Valley of the Dolls_ (1967) - Paul Burke - Lyon Burke*

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I have to wonder if ?Valley of the Dolls? will ever be considered a worthwhile film. Of course, what made the movie so intriguing was the original best selling book it was based on that for the most part was trashed by the mainstream media. It?s only natural to surmise who Jacqueline Susann based the characters of her book on. The only reason why Susann was able to get her book published was due in large part to the various connections she had, both through friends and her (agent) husband. Perhaps the most pathetic situation surrounding the making of the movie was Susann originally casting Judy Garland in the role of ?Helen Lawson.? Susann may have thought that by getting Garland into the movie, she could then give her story a tremendous amount of creditability. Anyone who read the novel knew full well that one of the characters from the book was based on Garland herself! At the time, Garland was simply desperate and needed the money that was being offered. Much to Susann and the production team?s disappointment, Garland was uncooperative during her first few days on the set. After failing to get Garland in line with the shooting schedule, she was replaced by another great star, lovely Susan Hayward. Some fans have felt that Susan sold herself out by agreeing to replace Garland and appeared in what many people felt was nothing more than a pompous piece of trash. The whole Garland incident simply displayed a sort of ?no holds barred? consideration on the part of Susann and the production unit to give the project as much hype as possible. No matter how hard everyone associated to the movie tried, they couldn?t get any positive feedback or acceptance from the various show business circles. Even more chaos overshadowed the movie, when the great Ethel Merman, who was the basis of ?Helen Lawson? threaten to sue. Well, all of this nonsense did nothing but add a bit of the hype Susann wanted, but really didn?t give the movie any chance of ever being taken so seriously. I remember what one critic remarked: ?So they make a piece of trash, from a piece of trash.? It was logical to predict that the movie would go on to become a box-office success, but has since been considered nothing more than a rather destructive look at show business. It isn?t that the movie lied or exaggerated so much about its storyline; it just was all a commercially contrived piece of nonsense that in the end gave no long lasting and important meaning to be taken seriously. Beautiful Sharon Tate was obviously a ?Marilyn Monroe? type and the role of lovely Barbara Parkins was the alter ego of Susann herself! One can only imagine what might have happened on the set of the movie, had Judy Garland appeared opposite Patty Duke, who was clearly mimicking and copying everything possible from Garland?s actual career in the movies! It was from the very beginning easy to guess who the character of "Neely O'Hara," as portrayed by Duke was based on! This was the most controversial and probably most talked about issue surrounding the movie. Some fans now feel that Garland bowing out of the film was due to not being able to deal with the pressure of perhaps realizing the "Neely O'Hara role was her! That same year, actor Paul Burke, who gave what many feel was the only good performance in the movie, scored well in a superior film, ?The Thomas Crown Affair.? At least he had one good movie under his belt he could be proud of and get deserved respect.


In the long run, ?Valley of The Dolls? was a piece of junk novel, turned into an even bigger piece of junk as a movie. Even though the public gave interest in seeing the movie, today the film is nothing more than a symbolic fragmented gesture to the era from which it came. It?s funny that the man chosen to direct the movie, Mark Robson, had ten years earlier directed a movie based on another famous novel, ?Peyton Place.? I would give his first attempt at bringing a famous soap opera novel to the screen high marks, while his second attempt with ?Valley of The Dolls? is a technical failure as a movie that only succeeded at the box-office because it ended up being something of a freak show. This is probably why ?Valley of The Dolls? will have a lot of cult status in the years to come.

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