Other people’s homes movies, like their holiday snaps, can sometimes be terribly dull. But Roddy McDowall’s silent home movies are different, mainly because they have a cast list to die for - from Simone Signoret to Lauren Bacall, Ben Gazzara to Paul Newman, even Judy Garland and Dominick Dunne. Also, Mr McDowall was a film fan, and there’s a fine sense of his enjoyment and wonder at the Hollywood stars larking about at his Malibu beach home. These are fun artifacts, a last hurrah for a golden age of Hollywood.
The films were uploaded onto You Tube by soapbox, who was personally given the home movies by Roddy McDowall.
Jane Fonda, Tuesday Weld, Anthony Perkins, Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, Natalie Wood, Judy Garland, May 31, 1965.
Roddy McDowall, Hope Lange, Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin, Malibu August 1, 1965.
Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Paul Newman, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Janice Rule, Malibu 1965.
Natalie Wood, Dominick Dunne, Samantha Eggar, Malibu August 8, 1965.
Simone Signoret, Dominic Dunne, James Fox, Samantha Eggar, Malibu August 8, 1965.
Natalie Wood, Paul Newman, Jane Fonda, Samantha Eggar, Malibu August 15, 1965.
Tuesday Weld at Roddy McDowall’s Malibu Beach House, September 12, 1965.
Christopher Plummer, Sal Mineo, Natalie Wood, Juliet Mills, Malibu 1965.
Robert Redford at Westwood Fox, 1965.
Labor Day at Rock Hudson’s house.
With thanks to Mare Meyer!