Saturday, July 12, 2008

Evelyn Keyes, 1916-2008

Robert Montgomery and Evelyn Keyes, Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

Evelyn Keyes, who came to prominence in Hollywood when she played Scarlett O'Hara's sister Suellen in the 1939 production of Gone With the Wind, has died at the age of 91. Keyes' other roles included the love interest to Robert Montgomery in the 1941 fantasy Here Comes Mr. Jordan (from which the photo above is taken), and, after World War II, a series of lower budget noirs.

In reading Keyes' obituary, I really wanted to recommend The Killer That Stalked New York, in which Keyes plays a woman smuggling diamonds from Cuba who unwittingly brings in not only the jewels, but a raging case of smallpox. It's an excellent tense procedural that follows the police department's desperate effort to find the source of the smallpox outbreak (Keyes) before she can do more damage. Unfortunately, it hasn't been released to DVD.

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