Presented by / 12/01/2013 / 2 Comments / , , , , , ,

DIANE FRANKLIN IN SUMMER GIRL

year: 1983 cast: Diane Franklin, Barry Bostwick, Kim Darby, Murray Hamilton, David Faustino rating: ***1/2
If the premise of a middle-aged couple hiring a seductive babysitter sounds familiar, it already was for fans of SUMMER GIRL when the popular HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE came out years later. Although both should give THE BABYSITTER starring William Shatner and Patty Duke the real credit. And Stanley Kubrick's LOLITA before that. But wait, she wasn't a babysitter.

Onto matters at hand... Teenage Diane Franklin stars as Cinni, who, during an interview with pregnant mother Kim Darby, looks downright plain and unassuming. That's the first surprise of this TV movie: they could actually make the gorgeous Diane Franklin, who had starred in THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN and would later play the cutie-pie French Exchange student in BETTER OFF DEAD, seem homely. But Kim Darby's Mary Shelburne trusts the ugly ducking... there's nothing to be threatened by... and the quirky babysitter is hired for the job.
Diane Franklin is Cinni in SUMMER GIRL
When Mary and her husband Gavin, played by Barry Bostwick, pick her up – something’s happened. Cinni, dressed-down for summer, is gorgeous with, as described by a several characters including an old neighbor played by Murray Hamilton, “a hot little body.” This provides a dilemma for Mary, who realizes her husband, and even the kids, prefer the babysitter’s presence to her own.

Here's where Diane Franklin begins to really shine as the villainous vixen, manipulating not only Gavin with her sexual prowess but, acting like an assertive older sister, gets the kiddos on her team as well. Thus making Kim Darby, no stranger to pouting/put-upon characters, the victim who can't regain her family life.
Diane Franklin is Cinni in SUMMER GIRL
Although the chemistry heating up between Bostwick and Franklin is essential, the best moments occur tenuously between jealous mother and mischievous babysitter before the inevitable turning point, neither revealing their cards... just... yet. The only downtime occurs when Cinni's visited by her slightly older boyfriend, who is much too clingy. You'll want him outta the picture so the real sparks can fly between the married man whose wife is teetering on her last straw.

Eventually, when Cinni has no other choice but to play her desperate hand, finally going over the edge, the suspense works despite the limitations of a TV movie... As that genre goes, SUMMER GIRL is tops: providing enough edgy soap opera intrigue and repressed sexual energy to keep the viewer interested from start to finish.
Photo Gallery of Diane Franklin in the rare TV movie SUMMER GIRL
Kim Darby in SUMMER GIRL
 Laura Jacoby, Barry Bostwick and David Faustino in SUMMER GIRL
Diane Franklin is Cinni in SUMMER GIRL
Barry Bostwick in SUMMER GIRL
Diane Franklin with Barry Bostwick in SUMMER GIRL
Kim Darby in SUMMER GIRL
Barry Bostwick in SUMMER GIRL
Diane Franklin is Cinni in SUMMER GIRL
Diane Franklin with Barry Bostwick in SUMMER GIRL
Diane Franklin is Cinni in SUMMER GIRL
Diane Franklin is Cinni in SUMMER GIRL
Kim Darby almost snaps in SUMMER GIRL
Diane Franklin is Cinni in SUMMER GIRL
Diane Franklin is Cinni in SUMMER GIRL
Diane Franklin is Cinni in SUMMER GIRL
Diane Franklin is Cinni in SUMMER GIRL
Diane Franklin is Cinni in SUMMER GIRL
Diane Franklin is Cinni in SUMMER GIRL
Diane Franklin is Cinni in SUMMER GIRL
Diane Franklin is Cinni in SUMMER GIRL
Diane Franklin is Cinni in SUMMER GIRL
Diane Franklin is Cinni in SUMMER GIRL
BUY DIANE FRANKLIN'S AWESOME BIOGRAPHY/BOOK AT AMAZON
Share This Post :
Tags : , , , , , ,

2 comments:

  1. As a kid growing up in the 1980's, this movie was my family's all time favorite. We never grew tired of watching it over and over. My grandparents, aunts, cousins and I were known to state those famous lines at random: Mother: "Where are the children?" Cinny: "I killed them..."

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. hey thanks for the message. this is a great TV movie, one of the best.

      Delete

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

STRAW DOGS TO EWOKS

STRAW DOGS TO EWOKS
Cinema from Noir to Exploitation, Classic Gangster to Gothic Horror: Grinding Facts, Theories & Pop Culture into Every Writeup

CURRENT SPOTLIGHTS ON...

CURRENT SPOTLIGHTS ON...
Dana Andrews, Anthony Mann, William Alland, Merry Anders, Liz Taylor, Richard Fleischer, Jacques Tourneaur & Maury Dexter

CLICK FOR WEBSITE INFO

CLICK FOR WEBSITE INFO
Weekly Quote: "You talk different, sure, but you drive just like all the rest." Linda Darnell to Dana Andrews, Fallen Angel

Author James M. Tate

Author James M. Tate
Movies Currently Rewatching: Liz Taylor in Ash Wednesday & The Only Game in Town; The Crowded Sky with Dana Andrews; He Was Her Man with James Cagney

THE DARK FILM FOREVER

THE DARK FILM FOREVER
Film Neo & Neo Noir have become the underline staple of this website, and the many other movies we cover that aren't Noir, from the Western genre to Creature Features, share many of the same qualities: and we'll always tell you how, and why

BEYOND A MILLION VIEWS

BEYOND A MILLION VIEWS
A Constant Remora on the Shark of Cinema

FOLLOW ON FACEBOOK

TOTAL HITS

Popular Trending

Blog Archive

SIDEWALK ENDS HERE

OUR OWN CORNERSTONE

OUR OWN CORNERSTONE
Dana Andrews is the epitome of a cult actor, a star in his day but relatively obscure now, who headlined genres from Film Noir to War to Westerns to Horror to Disaster to Thrillers, and after discovering all the tiers of his work, Cult Film Freak has never been the same...

Popular This Month

THE SHORTLIST

 photo Screen Shot 2016-07-20 at 1.15.27 AM_zps1hlh418t.jpg
FAVORITE MOVIES
1)CANYON PASSAGE
2)LAURA 3)JAWS
4)THE FEARMAKERS
5)THE BEST YEARS
OF OUR LIVES
6)CURSE OF
THE DEMON
7)FALLEN
ANGEL
8)ANATOMY
OF A MURDER
9)THE
FEARMAKERS
10)MAN FROM
LARAMIE

FAV FILM NOIR
1)THE STREET
WITH NO NAME
2)WHERE THE
SIDEWALK ENDS
3)JOURNEY
INTO FEAR
4)ARMORED
CAR ROBBERY
5)THE KILLING
AND FAVORITE
B-WESTERNS
1)ONE-EYED
JACKS
2)THE GOOD
BAD AND UGLY
3)STAGECOACH
4)RIDE IN THE
WHIRLWIND
5)CANYON
RIVER

FAVORITE
HITCHCOCK
1)FRENZY
2)PSYCHO
3)THE BIRDS
4)FOREIGN
CORRESPONDENT
5)STRANGERS ON
A TRAIN
 photo Screen Shot 2016-11-02 at 8.56.31 PM_zpsjgmevf2p.png
FAV ACTORS
1)DANA ANDREWS
2)JAMES CAGNEY
3)MARLON BRANDO
4)JACK NICHOLSON
5)ORSON WELLES
CULT ACTORS
1)CHARLES
BRONSON
2)MALCOLM
MCDOWELL
3)JAN-MICHAEL
VINCENT
4)LAWRENCE
TIERNEY
5)TIMOTHY
CAREY

FAV DIRECTORS
1)STANLEY KUBRICK
2)OTTO PREMINGER
3)ORSON WELLES
4)JACQUES TOURNEUR
5)RICHARD FLEISCHER
6)ALFRED HITCHCOCK
7)MICHAEL WINNER
8)SAM PECKINPAH
9)JOHN LANDIS
10)MAURY DEXTER
 photo Screen Shot 2016-10-23 at 3.23.42 PM_zpsyuy1j9jz.png

ACTRESSES

1)VIRGINIA
MAYO
2)GENE
TIERNEY
3)ELLEN
BURSTYN
4)MERRY
ANDERS
5)SUE LYON

CULT
FLICKS
1)THE
CROWDED SKY
2)CORVETTE
SUMMER
3)ASH
WEDNESDAY
4)BLUE CITY
5)HOT CARS
6)AIR PATROL
7)RAIDERS
FROM
BENEATH
THE SEA
8)ONLY
GAME IN
TOWN
9)GIRL
HUNTERS
10)FROGS
 photo b6a45638-5e52-4f65-83fd-b59c26876d7d_zpswlpcjfw4.png

All Time Popular

CLICK FOR CLASSICS

CLICK FOR CLASSICS
Vintage Movies & Shows to Drink to

REVIEWS FROM 2011-2013

REVIEWS FROM 2011-2013
Motion Pictures that were Recently New

CLICK FOR TV REVIEWS

CLICK FOR TV REVIEWS
Columbo to Cable to Television Movies

Blogs of Interest

RETURN TO THE TOP

JAZZ FOR INSPIRATION

JAZZ FOR INSPIRATION
For James M. Tate, founder of Cult Film Freak, music listened to while writing is no longer of the Straight Rock Nature, and All Vocals are Gone: Artists and their Instruments include: Vibes by Milt Jackson, Mike Mainieri, Red Norvo, Victor Feldman; Drums by Buddy Rich, Charlie Watts; Piano by Duke Ellington, Ramsey Lewis; Guitars by Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian, Jerry Garcia, Mick Taylor, Frank Zappa; Horns by Miles Davis; Winds by Sam Most, Benny Goodman; Sax by John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley... And so many more...