Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Dr. Ruehl pays tribute to Ann Savage

Sexy film noir femme fatale Ann Savage died in her sleep on Christmas Day at age 87, and as soon as word hit, Tabloid Baby pal, contributor and columnist Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D. was on the line, ready to offer his highest tribute:

"In 1945, she starred in the film noir classic, 'Detour,' as perhaps the sharpest-tongued villainness ever to grace the silver screen, delivering an Oscar-caliber performance. Of course, such a low-budget Edgar Ulmer production would never be considered for such honors, but her tour de force characterization was on a par with that year's winner, Joan Crawford (for the superb work in "Mildred Pierce").

"For the record, co-star Tom Neal also delivered the best characterization of his career."

With the passings of Beverly Garland, Bettie Page and Forrest Ackerman, and the probable demise of his legendary, classic, public access series, it's been a tough month for Dr. Ruehl. He offers the latest appraisal on video, above.

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