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“The Connection” (1961) is the first feature film by Shirley Clarke, based on the play by Jack Gelber.  Milestone Films has re-released “The Connection” in a restored print, and its home DVD will be coming in 2013.

Shirley Clarke’s “The Connection” Trailer

Most of the actors from the original stage production reprised their roles for the film: Warren Finnerty as Leach, Carl Lee as Cowboy, Garry Goodrow as Ernie, Jerome Raphel as Solly, Barbra Winchester as Sister Salvation, and Henry Proach as Harry. All the musicians from the original stage production appeared: Freddie Redd (composer, piano), Jackie McLean (alto sax), Michael Mattos (bass), and Larry Ritchie (drums). Non-original cast members James Anderson and Wlliam Redfield took the roles of Sam and Jim Dunn. The character of Jaybird was cut from the film, that role essentially shifted to an off-screen camera operator, J.J. Burden, voiced by Roscoe Lee Brown.  –wiki

Shirley Clarke
(October 2, 1919 – September 23, 1997)


Shirley Clarke: A Retrospective

WATCH more :: Shirely Clarke Shorts (1953-1982) on ubu com.

The Cool World (1964)
Music by Mal Waldron (composer) The Dizzy Gillespie quintet

Clip from short appearance of Moondog (Louis Thomas Hardin) on “The Moving Finger,” a rare 1963 film from the tail end of the Beat Generation, directed by Larry Moyer, starring Lionel Stander, Art Smith….

Suzuki Beane – 1962 Television Pilot – Edited
Desilu Studios adapted the popular children’s book – a satire of Kay Thompson‘s “Eloise” series – into a TV pilot, which ultimately did not find a sponsor. This shortened version eventually aired with another recycled pilot and some new material with Lucille Ball and Gale Gordon as part of the “Victor Borge Comedy Theater.”

Suzuki Beane is a humor book written in 1961 by Sandra Scoppettone and illustrated by Louise Fitzhugh. The novel is a downtown satire on Kay Thompson’s Eloise series (1956-59).  (Thanks, Duplex Planet)

package design by Archer Prewitt

Presspop (Japan) has been working on the incredible Allen Ginsberg vinyl figurine with Ginsberg’s CD “Live at the Knitting Factory 1995,” The set will be available in this summer.
VISIT >> Presspop

Kerouac, Ginsberg & friends in New York (
Silent footage of Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, and others in New York, Summer 1959. The location is in and around the Harmony Bar & Restaurant at E 9th St. and 3rd Ave. Others seen are Mary Frank (wife of film-maker Robert Frank) and children Pablo and Andrea, as well as Lucien’s wife Francesca Carr and their three sons, Simon, Caleb and Ethan….

Also … “Raymond Scott 100th Anniversary doll + CD set” (officially approved by the Raymond Scott Archives) has been available on Presspop.

Beatnik (Nicki – Jack Lemmon, plays bongos), Greenwich Village, Flatiron Building (James Stewart embraced Kim Novak on the top of the Flatiron) film “Bell, Book & Candle” (1958).  Directed by Richard Quine, starring James Stewart, Kim Novak, Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs!