Picture of the Week: Station Six-Sahara

Great Carroll Baker and Ian Bannen film, it’s a shame not more people have seen it! I own the vhs and I’m glad that I do!

Cinema Station

Station Six-Sahara (1962)

Actress Carol Baker had a curious career arc in films. She started out in big budgeted pictures like Giant (1956) directed by George Stevens, then shocked polite society and the middle class in Elia Kazan’s adaptation of Tennessee Williams Baby Doll. In fact that film so upset the Catholic establishment that it was denounced by Cardinal Spellman from the pulpit of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. He called the film “evil in concept” and urged all self respecting Catholics to avoid it completely. Time magazine called it “the dirtiest American movie to be legally exhibited” and The Catholic Legion of Decency boycotted the film everywhere. In other words it was a cause célèbre’. The likes of which we have not seen since unless you count the uproar over the showing of DeepThroat (1972) many years later but that was in a totally different context…

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