In her late career circus movie “Berserk,” an aging Joan Crawford in skimpy attire loses the center ring spotlight to Golda Casimir who plays a singing, dancing bearded lady. More than a five o’clock shadow, Ms. Casimir sports whiskers that jut out at a 90 degree angle. Daniel Day Lewis should have been so lucky in Abe Lincoln. This hilarious bit has to be seen to be believed.
Also unbelievable is the screen affair involving Ms. Crawford and Ty Hardin, a 20 something square jawed hunk who appears shirtless. Needless to say with the voluptuous Diana Dors involved, both ladies compete for Mr. Hardin’s attention. Ms. Dors is at her best and treats us to a knock down cat fight with other ladies in the circus troupe. This inept mess involves murders and a crazed daughter of Crawford played by Judy Geeson.
Crawford recycles her tough broad role bit she is known for in “Johnny Guitar” and “Rain.” This movie has something for everyone: Crawford for fans of golden age movies, Hardin for the ladies, Dors for dad and Casimir for fans of the weird.
OLD FUNNY GIRL NOT ALL THAT FUNNY
For her cinematic revival, Barbra Streisand should have picked a circus venue rather than a road trip with Seth Rogen in “Guilt Trip.” Fortunately for us and Chevrolet the movie didn’t involve much slapstick with the Chevy Aveo in which they were entombed throughout. But what was disturbing was the stereotypical Jewish mom role that Streisand recycles here.
Much of the movie is quite boring. One wonders if Striesand had teamed up with hubby James Brolin for a remake of “Amityville Horror” would it have been more enjoyable?