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Tuesday, March 28, 2006




Reader Request --- June Lang


Occasionally we get requests, usually for more of a star we’ve just highlighted, but correspondent "Chris" e-mailed the other day with an interesting suggestion that sent us digging into the file cabinets --- he’d just seen The Road To Glory, a 1936 Fox war drama directed by Howard Hawks, and was mightily impressed by June Lang, an actress whose sexuality, he said, "dripped off the screen." Since we’d been at least ten years since seeing the movie, it seemed like a good time to take another look. Sure enough, there’s June Lang, and yes, you’ll need a grease pan, or a bucket, or whatever’s handy to mop up all that dripping sexuality. June’s all the more impressive for putting it over in a Code show, and she’s a big reason we’d recommend The Road To Glory (which has turned up from time-to-time on Fox Movie Channel). She was a busy actress in the thirties, and worked with Shirley Temple (Wee Willie Winkie), Laurel and Hardy (Bonnie Scotland), and other big names. Her career got sidetracked by an ill advised marriage to well-known mobster Johnny Roselli. She only died within the past year. Does anyone know if she was ever interviewed? Seems I heard somewhere that she was pretty inaccessible. Chris couldn’t locate much June Lang on a web image search, so he asked us to fill the breech. To quote Art Baker then, You Asked For It.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Chris said...

Thanks, John -- those are great pics, suitable for framing! ;)

I'll be keeping an eye out for her other films.

For my money, Road to Glory is as good an anti-war picture as any ever made. War is absurd as hell. Hawks' film seems to have stuck in Aldrich's and Kubrick's brains, at least.

11:31 PM  
Anonymous "r.j." said...

June Lang was such a dream, wasn't she?

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Under the name June Vlasek she was in the 1932 Fox film CHANDU THE MAGICIAN and holy moley! Her see-through gown she wore when being sold at the slave auction … well I wanted to bid on her.

Spencer Gill (opticalguy1954@yahoo.com)

11:02 AM  

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