For a nostalgia buff like me lots of pleasure was wrested from watching the title sequence of the film Two Left Feet (1963). A young Michael Crawford visits the West End and ends up queuing to see Pamela Green in Naked as Nature Intended at the Bijou Cinema (looks like a movie set). The film is based on David Stuart Leslie’s novel In my Solitude (1960). The novel is full of observational description of the period. In the film watch out for young Mike Leigh, as a leather-jacketed gang member helping to trash a café. The title song is by Tommy Bruce and the Bruisers. It was release on DVD back in September, 2014, in a brand-new transfer in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Well worth a look. A real pleasure.
A rare George Harrison Marks Christmas card from the early ’60s. On the right Stuart Samuels, Pamela Green, and George Harrison Marks. Don’t know who the others are. Let me know if you do.
A slight aside that I hope will raise a chuckle from my regular readers. An illustration by Willie Rushton (1937-1996), from his book The Filth Amendment, 1981. Beside being a cartoonist Rushton was a comedian, actor and co-founder of the magazine Private Eye.
At the start of her modelling career Pamela Green used to do magazine ads for Lily of France, Cidal Soap and others. Here’s a rare photo that was taken for Camay Soap. This is a very early photo as Pamela still had long dark hair. Would love to see the advert if any one has a scan.
One of George Harrison Marks’s lesser known movie credits is for the German comedy Otto und die Nackte Welle (Otto and the Nude Wave). I’ve not seen the film but from what I gather Otto makes wildlife documentaries. Out filming one day he comes across a Von Noeltinghoff filming some nude girls. In revenge for some slight Noeltinghoff incorporates shots from his film into Otto’s wildlife documentary. It’s all a bit of a farce. From the lobby cards below there seems to be several clips from the Naked World of Harrison Marks (1967) in the German film. If anyone knows more please share.
Here’s a bit of info about the ever-popular Teri Martine. I sure lots of my readers can add to this. I think Pamela Green and Teri Martine only met once. By the time Teri was modelling for George Harrison Marks, Pam had taken a back set in the business.
Teri Martine was born in 1944, in Southend, Essex. In her late teens she answered a modelling ad in the local newspaper The Southend Standard. At the interview in front of the lens she felt awkward, but luckily she was very photogenic and it led to her first booking. It was an amateur camera club at the same studio she was interviewed in. And wouldn’t you know it, one of the photographers happened to be her dad’s best friend Peter Starling. He naturally assured her that he wouldn’t tell.
Teri Martine worked as an amateur model for a year and went under the name of Valerie James. By 1964 she was getting so many bookings as an amateur model that she quit her job as a manageress of a local boutique and went professional. Going professional at the age of 20 she changed her name to Teri Martine. Now, you may have wondered how she arrived at this name, the long and the short of it is she was engaged to two young men. One by the name of Terry and the other was Martin, the latter being her first husband. Teri also modelled under the alias of Julie Nash and Cleo Kane.
She joined the Rosaleigh Ann Model Agency run by a gentleman called Mr. Walker or as the girls called him ‘Granny Walker’. He liked the girls to sit on his lap when he was interviewing them. She worked for him for several months, when June Palmer approached her to join her agency. Working for Granny Walker and June brought in lots of work, which included amateur camera clubs, commercial advertising, magazines, auto shows and promotions. You name it, she did it. She became successful and extremely well known on the modelling circuit. Her first publication was on the front page of the Reveille.
George Harrison Marks met Teri Martine via June Palmer Model Agency in 1966. She did five stills shoots Harrison Marks between March and November. She really enjoyed what she was doing and it showed. George featured her in two of his 8mm films: Favourites of the Pharaohs (1966), which was filmed on the Egyptian set of The Naked World of Harrison Marks (1966), and the rather less ambitious Everything is Lovely in the Garden (1967). George and Teri dated for a while around this time.
One of the more peculiar jobs Teri got was for a photographer that made vinyl and latex garments. This kind of thing was increasingly popular and it wasn’t long before Teri was a regular feature in such magazines as Pussycat, Bizarre and Latex Nurse.
Teri went to the U.S. in 1969 and got married for the second time to a G.I., who she was pen pals with while he was in Vietnam. They wrote to each other for 3 years before she went to the United States. She worked at the Playboy Club for about six months as a ‘Bunny’ then answered an ad in a Chicago newspaper for glamour models. After several months working as a model she was asked how she felt about being tied up and gagged. Assured it was all play-acting and a bit of laugh she agreed to give it a shot. She soon realised it was fine and above board and quickly carved out a name for her self as a bondage model.
Hopefully one of these days I’ll do a proper interview with Teri.
In loving memory of Pamela Green who passed away four years ago. I miss her terribly.
I must apologise to readers of this blog for my poor posting rate of late. Something I hope to rectify in the coming weeks.
The online book of condolences is still up by the way.
Here’s another picture of Pamela Green taken by the female photographer Joan Craven. The mask is by costumier Hugh Skillen. Don’t know much about Hugh Skillen. From what I can gather he worked for the ballet and theatre in London’s West End. One of the plays he worked on was Bell, Book and Candle (1954-55). The film of which was a favourite of Pam’s. I wonder if she saw the play. You can read more about Joan Craven on my earlier post.