Friday, 16 September 2016

1960, Film: “Plein soleil”

The French-Italian coproduction "Plein soleil" (English: "Purple Noon", Italian: "Delitto in pieno sole") premieres on 10 March 1960 in France. The thriller, based on the 1955 novel "The Talented Mr. Ripley" by Patricia Highsmith, is directed by René Clément. The main cast includes Alain Delon as Tom Ripley, Maurice Ronet as Philippe Greenleaf and Marie Laforêt as Marge Duval. The music is written by Italian composer Nino Rota.

Romy Schneider, Alain Delon's girlfriend at the time, appears briefly in an uncredited role as a friend of Freddie Miles.
Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforêt and Alain Delon
Marie Laforêt
Marie Laforêt and Alain Delon
Tom Ripley (Alain Delon) is sent to Italy by Mr. Greenleaf to fetch his spoiled playboy son, Philippe (Maurice Ronet), and bring him back home to the States to take over his father's business. Philippe intends to do no such thing...
Marie Laforêt and Alain Delon
Maurice Ronet, Billy Kearns and Alain Delon
Main cast
  • Alain Delon as Tom Ripley
  • Maurice Ronet as Philippe Greenleaf
  • Marie Laforêt as Marge Duval
  • Erno Crisa as Riccordi
  • Frank Latimore as O'Brien
  • Billy Kearns as Freddy Miles
  • Ave Ninchi as Mevrouw Gianna
  • Viviane Chantel as The Belgian Lady 

"Plein Soleil", English Trailer

Saturday, 10 September 2016

1977, Music: David Soul with “Dont Give Up On Us”

In 1977 American-British singer David Soul scores with the hit single "Dont Give Up On Us". Soul, famous for his role in the Police television series "Starsky and Hutch", returned with this debut single to his earlier career as a singer. The song was written and produced by Tony Macaulay. The song on the B-side, "Black Bean Soup", was a duet song with his then girlfriend actress Lynne Marta.

"Dont Give Up On Us" reached number one in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK and US. It was the only top 1 hit scored by David Soul. The song was covered by Owen Wilson, Johnny Mathis, The Nolan Sisters and Donny Osmond.
Lynne Marta & David Soul in 1977
David Soul as Kenneth 'Hutch' Hutchinson in "Starsky and Hutch"
David Soul with Paul Michael Glaser in "Starsky and Hutch"

Video: David Soul with "Don't Give Up On Us"

Sunday, 4 September 2016

1976, Belgian Comics: Rik Ringers - Ric Hochet

In 1976 the 22th "Rik Ringers" (French: "Ric Hochet") album, "Buitenaardse wezens vallen aan!" (Original title: "Alerte ! Extra-terrestres !") is published by Le Lombard. The series was created by Frenchman Tibet (Gilbert Gascard) (drawings) and Belgian André-Paul Duchâteau (scripts). The first short stories were published in 1955 in the Belgian comics magazine Tintin / Kuifje.

The series features the adventures of Rik Ringers (Ric Hochet), a reporter for the newspaper La Rafale in Paris. He is assisted by Commissioner Baardemakers (Commissaire Bourdon) and his assistant, inspector Kempers (Inspecteur Ledru). Several albums feature Nadine, the niece of Baardemakers and Rik's girlfriend. The series was also published in Germany (Rick Master), Finland (Riku Oksa), Sweden (Alan Falk / Rick Hart) and South India in Tamil (Reporter Johnny).
No 22 "Buitenaardse wezens vallen aan!"
  • full-colour
  • never published in English
  • story by André-Paul Duchâteau and drawings by Tibet (Gilbert Gascard)
  • Original French title: "Alerte ! Extra-terrestres !"
  • German title: "Angriff der Ausserirdischen"
  • Pre-published in Tintin/Kuifje from 13 november 1974 until 15 january 1975 (n° 46/1974 - n° 3/1975).
Frédéric Louaisil walks near the cemetery while the fog rolls. He hears a hissing sound and thinks, “yes, they came back!” The extraterrestrials he saw four years ago...
Commissioner Baardemakers, Bob Drumont and Rik Ringers
Mme Bodard and Commissioner Baardemakers
Maurice Chabert, Lisa Chabert, and Rik Ringers
Maurice Chabert, Rik Ringers and Frédéric Louasil
Main characters in this story are Rik Ringers (Ric Hochet), Commissioner Baardemakers (Commissaire Bourdon), Bob Drumont, Frédéric Louaisil, Mathias Louaisil, Maurice Chabert, Lisa Chabert, Dotor Richier, Doctor Norbert Génin, Yves Kernec, Albéric Lachaud and Mme Bodard.
Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and Michel Poniatowski
Bob Drumont and Ric Ringers
Yves Kernec and Albéric Lachaud
  • Maurice Chabert is a caricature of French actor Jean Gabin
  • appearance of the President of the French Republic, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing and his interior minister, Michel Poniatowski
Frédéric Louasil and Yves Kernec
Mathias Louaisil and Bob Drumont
Dotor Richier, Doctor Norbert Génin and Rik Ringers
  • Citroën DS21
  • Porsche 911
  • MGB
  • Renault Estafette
  • BMC Mini
Citroën DS21, BMC Mini and Porsche 911
Porsche 911
Porsche 911 and Renault Estafette

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

1975, Car spotting: 's-Hertogenbosch, Market Place

Left to right
Parked in front of Hotel Central:
Peugeot 304, Ford (Taunus) 15M (P6)
First parked row opposite Hotel Central:
Volkswagen Type 1 pre 1968 (Beetle), Opel Commodore B, Renault 4 Fourgonnette, Volkswagen 1200 Type 1 (Beetle), Fiat 124 of Lada 1200 (VAZ 2101), Opel Kadett C, Volkswagen Type 1 1200 or 1300 (Beetle), next to the snack house probably Toyota Corolla ke26 Wagon, unidentified white car, Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle), Volkswagen Type 1 (Beetle), probably Sunbeam Hunter, probably Ford Taunus 12M/15M (P6), unidentified red car, probably Mercedes-Benz, probably BMW 02 Series, unidentified white car, unidentified red car, probably Ford Capri Mk I, unidentified red car (Fiat?)
Trying to find a parking spot:
Renault 12, Citroën 2CV, Ford Escort Mk 1, probably Fiat 124 or Lada 1200 (VAZ 2101), Toyota Crown (S60), Datsun 120A Cherry coupé (Nissan E10), Opel Kadett B
Parked first row, bottom photo:
BMC Mini (ADO15), Citroën Ami 8, Fiat 600, Citroën 2CV, Opel Rekord C, Renault 5, Peugeot 204, Daf 55
Trying to find a parking spot:
BMW 1600/1800/2000 (New Class), Vauxhall Victor FD
Parked second row:
Renault 4, Ford Escort Mk 1, Fiat 124 or Lada 1200 (VAZ 2101), Opel Kadett B, Opel Ascona A, Opel Ascona A, Peugeot 504, Volkswagen 1200 Type 1 (Beetle), Fiat 124 or Lada 1200 (VAZ 2101), unidentified blue car
Parked third row:
Fiat 850, Daf 44/55/66, probably Ford (Taunus) 17/20/26M (P7b), Mercedes-Benz (type?), Opel Kadett Caravan, probably red Ford Capri Mk I, unidentified dark car, unidentified yellow car, unidentified red car, unidentified white car, unidentified dark car, unidentified dark car, probably Fiat 600
Parked fourth row:
Fiat 127, Daf 44/55/66, Renault 4, Ford (Taunus) 12M coupé (P6), Volkswagen 1200 or 1300 Type 1 (Beetle), Daf 44/55/66 Combi, Opel Ascona A, Fiat 600, Simca 1301/1501, Mercedes-Benz W114/W115, Volkswagen Transporter Type 2 (T2), probably Fiat 124 Sport Coupé, BMC Mini (ADO15)
Parked fifth row:
probably Fiat, probably Opel Kadett B, probably Peugeot 504, Daf 66 Marathon Combi, four unidentified cars, probably Volkswagen Transporter Type 2 (T2)
Parked sixth row:
Toyota Corona Break (T100), Simca 1100 Fourgonnette, unidentified dark blue car (Audi?), Citroën 2CV, BMW 02 Series, probably Opel Rekord C Coupé, unidentified dark car
Parked seventh row:
Volkswagen 1200 Type 1 (Beetle), 2 unidentified white cars, unidentified red car, unidentified green car, unidentified white car
Parked eight row:
probably BMW New Class, Citroën Dyane, probably Opel Manta A, Simca 1100, unidentified brown car
Parked row opposite “Smits”, “Luxe Bakkerij” and “The Society Shop”:
unidentified dark car, Citroën 2CV, four unidentified white cars, red Citroën 2CV, Ford Capri Mk I, Renault 4

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

1974, Cars: Big, City and Jeans Beetle

In 1974 German car manufacturer Volkswagen presents three special editions of the Beetle for the European market: the Jeans Beetle, the City Beetle and the Big Beetle. The three cars were introduced as “Käfer der Käufer” at the 1973 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The first 1974 Jeans Beetle (S761) was based on the standard 1200cc Beetle. The car, only available in “Tunisgelb” (Tunis yellow) with black trim (no chrome work), was fitted with 4.5x15 Lemmerz GT sport wheels, black side markings with the word “jeans” with matching lettering on the engine cover, and denim “jeans” seat covers with yellow coloured stitching. It was fitted with a rear window heating and a “Ludwigshafen” or “Wolfsburg” radio. The 1975 Jeans II was available in “Brilliantgelb” (Brilliant yellow) , “Marinogelb” (Marino yellow) and “Phoenixrot” (Phoenix red).
Jeans Beetle (S761)
Jeans Beetle (S761)
The City Beetle (S764) was based on the 1300cc 1303 “Super” Beetle and available in “Ibizarot” (Ibiza Red), “Ontariametallic” (Ontario (blue) Metallic) and “Ischiametallic” (Ischia (green) Metallic) with “1303 City” side markings. The seats had broad woven stripes to match body colour, loop pile carpet, inertial reel seat belts, optional head restraints, “Emden” radio, vinyl padded Petri AG steering wheel, 4.5x15 sport wheels, engine cover lock, heated rear window, rubber bumper inserts, interior mirror, and reverse lights.

City Beetle (S764) in “Ibizarot”
City Beetle (S764) interior
The Big Beetle (S763), based on the 1600cc 1303 S “Super” Beetle, was available in “Moosmetallic” (Moss (green) Metallic), “Ontariametallic” (Ontario (blue) Metallic) and “Hellasmetallic” (Hellas Metallic) with “1303 Big” side markings. The car was fitted with 5½ x15 Lemmerz “GT” sport wheels, special velvet upholstery, loop pile carpet, inertial reel seat belts, wood veneer dashboard, vinyl padded steering wheel, special wooden gearshift knob, engine hood lock, heated rear window, rubber bumper inserts, and reverse lights.
Big Beetle (S763) in Hellasmetallic
Big Beetle (S763) in Hellasmetallic
Big Beetle (S763) interior
(note: S stands for “Sondermodelle” (English: Special Edition))
Left to right: Jeans Beetle, City Beetle and Big Beetle
Left to right: City Beetle, Big Beetle and Jeans Beetle

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

1973, News: Coach from Soignies ends up in river

On 18 July 1973 a Belgian coach from Soignies carrying 49 tourists from Soignies, Braine-le-Comte and Tubize crashed on the Rampe de Laffrey near the small town of Vizille, Isère, France. Shortly after nine o'clock the brakes of the coach, driven by Albert Lechien also the owner of the firm, failed. The coach missed a curve at the base of the RN85 aka route Napoléon, near its intersection with the bridge over the Romanche, and overturned into the river. 43 people were killed and 6 injured.

At the same place there have been coach accidents in 1946 (18 deaths), 1956 (7 deaths), 1970 (5 deaths), 1975 (29 deaths), and 2007 (26 deaths).
Memorial Stone

Saturday, 23 July 2016

1972, Car spotting: La Rochelle, France

Front, left to right:
Fiat 124, Citroën DS, probably Opel Kadett A Caravan, Renault 4, Citroën Méhari, Ford (Taunus) 17M/20M RS Coupé (P7a), Opel Kadett B Caravan, probably BMW 02-series, Renault 15, Renault 4, Peugeot 403 Break, Opel Kadett B Caravan, Citroën Type H, Renault 4.
Second row, left to right:
Simca 1300, Simca 1100, Peugeot 403, Renault 4 Fourgonnette (F4), Peugeot 404.
Third row, left to right:
Probably Renault 16, BMC Mini (Austin/Morris, ADO15), probably Peugeot 204, probably Ford Cortina MkII, Ford (Taunus) 12M (P6), probably Renault 6, probably Opel Kadett B.