My guest, Tom Zimmerman is the author of The Queen of Technicolor: Maria Montez in Hollywood.
Montez was a unique star, imperious, but warm, not known for her acting ability, but skilled in committing completely to a role, whether in a skimpy costume for the six legendary Neverland films she made for Universal, or in a grittier setting, such as for her more noirish European roles.
We talked about the magnetism, determination, and integrity of this remarkable woman.
The Queen of Technicolor: Maria Montez in Hollywood by Tom Zimmerman, is a publication of University Press of Kentucky. There are links to several places where you can purchase the book on their website.
Boss of Bullion City (1940) (Maria’s first role) South of Tahiti (1941) (Maria’s breakout sarong role)
The Universal Studios Neverland Films (not discussed individually):
Arabian Nights (1942)
White Savage (1943)
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1944)
Cobra Woman (1944)
G*psy Wildcat (1944)
Pirates of Monterey (1947)
Wicked City (1949)
Portrait of a Killer (1949)
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