U.K. Lobby Cards (post 3 of 3)

Posted on 27th November 2016 in "Times Square"
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UK Lobby Card 7 of 8: Nicky is dragged from the studio. Color 8"x10" lobby card, 1981 Text: TIMES SQUARE AA Released by COLUMBIA - EMI - WARNER Distributors Limited. EMI A Member of the THORN EMI Group An EMI-ITC Production This copyright advertising material is licensed and not sold and is the property of National Screen Service Ltd. and upon completion of the exhibition for which it has been licensed it should be returned to National Screen Service Ltd. Printed in Great Britain.

 

Finally we get a couple photos with Robin front and center and facing the camera. The first is as Nicky is dragged from the WJAD studio screaming for Pammy. In the film, we see this entirely looking down from Johnny’s control room. That’s the leg of George Morfogen on the left, playing station manager Don Dowd. All his lines in the script were cut from the film,Nicky is dragged from the WJAD studio : frame from TIMES SQUARE (1980) but he got to deliver a sad nod when Johnny cuts Nicky’s live broadcast, and take Nicky’s guitar as JoJo and Simon drag her from the room. In the shot used in the film, the guitar faces the other way as he grabs it.

 

UK Lobby Card 8 of 8: The Concert in Times Square. Color 8"x10" lobby card, 1981: Pammy watches as Nicky sings "Damn Dog" atop the TImes Square Theater marquee. Text: TIMES SQUARE AA Released by COLUMBIA - EMI - WARNER Distributors Limited. EMI A Member of the THORN EMI Group An EMI-ITC Production This copyright advertising material is licensed and not sold and is the property of National Screen Service Ltd. and upon completion of the exhibition for which it has been licensed it should be returned to National Screen Service Ltd. Printed in Great Britain.

 

 

Pammy beams at Nicky atop the Times Square Theater marquee : frame from TIMES SQUARE (1980)

Pammy beams at Nicky atop the Times Square Theater marquee : frame from TIMES SQUARE (1980)

And here’s Pammy beaming as Nicky sings “Damn Dog” atop the Times Square Theater marquee. Of course nothing in the film is shot from quite this angle; the closest image has Pammy to the left instead of the right. In other similar shots, Nicky’s sweater sleeves are down instead of pushed up by her elbows.

I’ve mentioned previously that these images had been previously scanned and posted, with the lobby card text cropped out. The page on which they’re posted also includes several scans of images from the US Press Materials folder, also with the borders and text information cropped off. There are three color images (reproduced below) that share the dimensions of the UK lobby card images, which leads me to believe that they originally were UK lobby cards. That makes a total of 11 lobby cards, which is a strange number, so I also think there’s one more that’s yet to turn up.

 

 

[Robin Johnson as Nicky being dragged from the WJAD studio]
[Robin Johnson and Trini Alvarado as Nicky and Pammy atop the Times Square Theater marquee]
Lobby cards (AAT ID: 300208593)
8 in (H) x 10 in. (W)
1981, Great Britain (works);
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853 px (W) x 480 px (H), 72 dpi (images)
frame captures from Times Square (1980)
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1979/1980
retrieved on 2014-10-25 from “Times Square.” Cineplex. Cineplex Entertainment LP, n.d.

 

Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

U.K. Lobby Cards (post 2 of 3)

Posted on 17th November 2016 in "Times Square"
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Color 8"x10" lobby card, 1981  Text:  TIMES SQUARE AA Released by COLUMBIA - EMI - WARNER Distributors Limited. EMI A Member of the THORN EMI Group An EMI-ITC Production This copyright advertising material is licensed and not sold and is the property of National Screen Service Ltd. and upon completion of the exhibition for which it has been licensed it should be returned to National Screen Service Ltd. Printed in Great Britain.

 

This shot of Nicky joining in as Pammy dances at the Cleo Club appears to me to have been taken within seconds of TS-104-17A/7 from the US Press Materials folder, and this color 8×10, the purpose of which I still don’t know. (Its post is here.) Although the presence of Miguel Pinero and the various extras would seem to indicate all three were taken on the actual day of the shoot, they were shot either during a run-through or an unused take (or an unused portion of a used shot), as none of them match up to the action as shown in the film, even allowing for the different vantage points of the still and movie cameras.

 

Color 8"x10" lobby card, 1981 Text: TIMES SQUARE AA Released by COLUMBIA - EMI - WARNER Distributors Limited. EMI A Member of the THORN EMI Group An EMI-ITC Production This copyright advertising material is licensed and not sold and is the property of National Screen Service Ltd. and upon completion of the exhibition for which it has been licensed it should be returned to National Screen Service Ltd. Printed in Great Britain.

 

Another shot of Pammy and Nicky performing, or having just finished performing, “Your Daughter Is One” in the WJAD studio. It’s a shot we haven’t seen so far. The word “Rickenbacker” is clearly visible on the guitar’s headstock, so this photo belongs to the series of photographs from before it was removed (as it appears in the film) (yes, that’s from a different scene, but it’s the same guitar).

Color 8"x10" lobby card, 1981: Pammy and Nicky drop a television off the roof of a New York City building. Text: TIMES SQUARE AA Released by COLUMBIA - EMI - WARNER Distributors Limited. EMI A Member of the THORN EMI Group An EMI-ITC Production This copyright advertising material is licensed and not sold and is the property of National Screen Service Ltd. and upon completion of the exhibition for which it has been licensed it should be returned to National Screen Service Ltd. Printed in Great Britain.

Here Pammy and Nicky push their first television off a rooftop. A shot of them throwing their last one appeared in the songbook and inside the soundtrack album. In the film, Pammy doesn’t hold the box flap back, and Nicky is barely visible behind the box until after the TV is gone. Pammy and Nicky dropping their first television [Image 3 from the "Times Square" 2-sided poster] However, another shot that was obviously taken a split second after this one appeared way back as a tiny part of the collage that made up the double-sided promo poster. In that shot, the television is obviously on its way out of the box and down. Of course they didn’t really let the TV’s plummet to the street if it wasn’t shown happening in that shot), but it never occurred to me before now that not only did they catch them, they had to catch them completely intact right after they left the shot so they could be thrown off again in retakes. Either that, or part of the budget went for multiple identical junk television sets.

Pammy and Nicky throw their first television; frame from "Times Square" (1980)

 

 

[Robin Johnson and Trini Alvarado as Nicky and Pammy in the Cleo Club]
[Robin Johnson and Trini Alvarado as Nicky and Pammy in the WJAD studio]
[Robin Johnson and Trini Alvarado as Nicky and Pammy drop a television]
Lobby cards (AAT ID: 300208593)
8 in (H) x 10 in. (W)
1981, Great Britain (works);

 

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[Robin Johnson and Trini Alvarado as Nicky and Pammy drop a television]
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frame capture from Times Square (1980)
captured 2016-07-23

 

Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

U.K. Lobby Cards (post 1 of 3)

Posted on 7th November 2016 in "Times Square"
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There were no lobby cards for Times Square in the US, only 8″ x 10″ black and white stills. The rest of the world was more fortunate.

At least eight lobby cards were released to theaters in the UK (although I suspect there was at least one more). Some of the photos hadn’t previously been used, as far as I know. The cards, like the aforementioned stills, measure 8″ x 10″, but the colors somehow give an impression of greater size.

Tim Curry as Johnny LaGuardia: Color 8"x10" lobby card, 1981  Text:  TIMES SQUARE AA Released by COLUMBIA - EMI - WARNER Distributors Limited. EMI A Member of the THORN EMI Group An EMI-ITC Production This copyright advertising material is licensed and not sold and is the property of National Screen Service Ltd. and upon completion of the exhibition for which it has been licensed it should be returned to National Screen Service Ltd. Printed in Great Britain.

 

 

This is the first time we’ve seen this photo of Tim Curry as Johnny LaGuardia, although it’s from the same session as TS-66-28/9 from the US Press Materials Folder; photo #4 from the UK Press Kit, which had been published in the Aquarian and Prevue; and the tiny photo from the Press Folder which was also used inside the soundtrack gatefold cover (except in the UK).

Trini Alvarado as Pamela Pearl: Color 8"x10" lobby card, 1981  Text:  TIMES SQUARE AA Released by COLUMBIA - EMI - WARNER Distributors Limited. EMI A Member of the THORN EMI Group An EMI-ITC Production This copyright advertising material is licensed and not sold and is the property of National Screen Service Ltd. and upon completion of the exhibition for which it has been licensed it should be returned to National Screen Service Ltd. Printed in Great Britain.

 

 

 

And, this is the first time we’ve seen a shot of Pammy from this early in the film. Even more unusually, Trini is looking directly into the camera. There are very few photos of the actors on set and in costume playing to the camera. This… um… is one of them.

Robin Johnson and Trini Alvarado as Nicky and Pammy, on 42nd Street near 6th Avenue: Color 8"x10" lobby card, 1981 Text: TIMES SQUARE AA Released by COLUMBIA - EMI - WARNER Distributors Limited. EMI A Member of the THORN EMI Group An EMI-ITC Production This copyright advertising material is licensed and not sold and is the property of National Screen Service Ltd. and upon completion of the exhibition for which it has been licensed it should be returned to National Screen Service Ltd. Printed in Great Britain.

 

And here’s a photo we have seen before, of Nicky and Pammy walking west along 42nd Street, on their way to Times Square to look for Nicky’s dad. This shot appeared in the Press Folder, and as a black and white print on Kodak paper whose date and purpose I’m not entirely sure of. This is the most complete, uncropped, version of this image I’ve yet seen. (I do have a crummy-looking little .png file that shows a smidge more at the top and on the right, but cuts off some of the left and most of the bottom.) I’ve previously posted a version of it which been scanned by Baseline Research and posted by Cineplex, lacking the text strip at the bottom. They posted five images, four of which appear to be these lobby cards with the bottoms cropped off. I’ve already posted the fifth… but I won’t link to it or the others here because I intend to do it again at the end of this series.

 

Needless to say (but when have I let that stop me), none of these images match up to the film. Johnny smiles all through the shot his lobby card would appear to come from. We only see Pammy in her pajamas and headphones from outside her bedroom window. And as I’ve mentioned many times before, the sequence of Nicky and Pammy looking for and finding Nicky’s dad was removed entirely from the film, probably before it was finished being shot.

The cards all have this text at the bottom:

TIMES SQUARE AA
An EMI-ITC Production
EMI A Member of the THORN EMI Group
Released by COLUMBIA – EMI – WARNER Distributors Limited.
This copyright advertising material is licensed and not sold and is the property of National Screen Service Ltd. and upon completion of the exhibition for which it has been licensed it should be returned to National Screen Service Ltd. Printed in Great Britain.

 

 

[Tim Curry as Johnny LaGuardia]
[Trini Alvarado as Pamela Pearl]
[Robin Johnson and Trini Alvarado as Nicky and Pammy on 42nd Street near 6th Avenue]
Lobby cards (AAT ID: 300208593)
8 in (H) x 10 in. (W)
Great Britain (works);
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1080 px (W) x 855 px (H), 96 dpi, 574 kb
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1080 px (W) x 854 px (H), 96 dpi, 609 kb (images)

 

Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Times Square U.K. Quad Poster

Posted on 28th October 2016 in "Times Square"
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An edit of the Cummins illustration from the UK movie poster, with two different B&W stills. The "Cummins" signature is edited out. Text: TIMES SQUARE AA "GO SLEAZE!" ...IN TIMES SQUARE ROBERT STIGWOOD Presents "TIMES SQUARE" Starring TIM CURRY·TRINI ALVARADO And Introducing ROBIN JOHNSON Also Starring PETER COFFIELD·HERBERT BERGHOF·DAVID MARGULIES ANNA MARIA HORSFORD Executive Producers KEVIN McCORMICK·JOHN NICOLELLA Directed by ALAN MOYLE Produced by ROBERT STIGWOOD and JACOB BRACKMAN·Screenplay by JACOB BRACKMAN Story by ALAN MOYLE and LEANNE UNGER Associate Producer BILL OAKES An EMI-ITC Production Soundtrack available on RSO Records and TAPES RSO Released by COLUMBIA-EMI-WARNER Distributors Limited. EMI A Member of the THORN EMI Group. This copyright advertising material is licensed and not sold and is the Property of National Screen Service Ltd. and upon completion of the exhibition for which it has been licensed it should be returned to National Screen Service Ltd. PRINTED IN ENGLAND BY W. E. BERRY LTD. BRADFORD

 

A standard one-sheet movie poster is 40 inches high by 27 inches wide. A “quad” poster, which I don’t think they make anymore, is 40 inches wide by 30 inches high. EMI took this extra space and zoomed in on the top two-thirds of the painting, cutting it off just above the artist’s signature.

Overall it’s a more pleasing layout, with the credits in the lower left corner over the wet street, and the two inset photos next to each other in the lower right. The photo of Tim Curry has been changed to TS-66-28/8 from the US press kit and AFD Campaign Pressbook, and the photo of Pammy and Nicky is TS-72-8A/14, also from the US press kit and the Campaign Pressbook. Neither of these photos were in the UK Press Kit (at least not in my copy). Perhaps this poster was put together first, and when the one-sheet was designed the American stills were replaced with British ones.

This was the layout used for the newspaper and magazine theater advertisements for the movie’s run.

 

 

Times Square UK quad movie poster
poster, AAT ID: 300027221
30″ (H) x 40″ (W)
Inscription:
TIMES SQUARE AA
“GO SLEAZE!” …IN TIMES SQUARE
ROBERT STIGWOOD Presents "TIMES SQUARE"
Starring TIM CURRY·TRINI ALVARADO And Introducing ROBIN JOHNSON
Also Starring PETER COFFIELD·HERBERT BERGHOF·DAVID MARGULIES
ANNA MARIA HORSFORD
Executive Producers KEVIN McCORMICK·JOHN NICOLELLA
Directed by ALAN MOYLE Produced by ROBERT STIGWOOD and
JACOB BRACKMAN·Screenplay by JACOB BRACKMAN
Story by ALAN MOYLE and LEANNE UNGER
Associate Producer BILL OAKES An EMI-ITC Production
Soundtrack available on RSO Records and TAPES RSO
Released by COLUMBIA-EMI-WARNER Distributors Limited.
EMI A Member of the THORN EMI Group.
This copyright advertising material is licensed and not sold and is the Property of National Screen Service Ltd.
and upon completion of the exhibition for which it has been licensed it should be returned to National Screen Service Ltd.
PRINTED IN ENGLAND BY W. E. BERRY LTD. BRADFORD
(work)

1981 UK Quad Poster_1080px.jpg
1080 px (W) x 812 px (H), 96 dpi, 500 kb (image)

 

Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Times Square U.K. Movie Poster

Posted on 18th October 2016 in "Times Square"
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"Times Square" UK movie poster, featuring a painting by Cummins of Nicky over a collage of Times Square theater marquees Text: "GO SLEAZE!" ...IN TIMES SQUARE CUMMINS TIMES SQUARE ROBERT STIGWOOD Presents "TIMES SQUARE" Starring TIM CURRY·TRINI ALVARADO And Introducing ROBIN JOHNSON Also Starring PETER COFFIELD·HERBERT BERGHOF·DAVID MARGULIES·ANNA MARIA HORSFORD Executive Producers KEVIN McCORMICK·JOHN NICOLELLA Directed by ALAN MOYLE Produced by ROBERT STIGWOOD and JACOB BRACKMAN Screenplay by JACOB BRACKMAN Story by ALAN MOYLE and LEANNE UNGER Associate Producer BILL OAKES An EMI-ITC Production Soundtrack available on RSO Records and TAPES RSO Distributed by EMI Films Limited. EMI A Member of the THORN EMI Group. PRINTED IN ENGLAND BY W. E. BERRY LTD. BRADFORD


 

After all the work that went into creating the logo on the cover of the UK Press Kit, and the poster-worthy image that had been used to promote the movie’s production in the 21-28 June, 1980 Screen International, EMI went with this image for the UK movie poster. The painting of a frightfully gaunt Nicky, signed by “Cummins” (about whom I’ve been unable to find any information), was used for all the UK movie advertising, and for several of the other European posters. The film title and “‘Go Sleaze! …in Times Square” tagline are in a jagged faux-handwriting that’s probably supposed to look like graffiti, but doesn’t.

The small inset photos are the same ones used as insets on the inside of the UK Press Kit. The photo of Tim Curry is #4 from that Press Kit, previously published in The Aquarian in April 1980 and the September-October 1980 Prevue. The one of Robin and Trini is TS-22-11, or 1, from the UK Press Kit, depending on which copy I’ve pulled out first. The posters and ads that used this painting didn’t all use the same photos as the insets.

"Times Square" Screenplay by Jacob Brackman, 1979, 129 pp  Text:  1 EXT THE STARSHIP DISCOVERY NIGHT The hot ethnic nightclub on 42nd Street, near Port Authority. Flashily dressed kids mill around the door. NICKY, a dark skinny while girl dressed in a man's leather jacket and a biker's cap, walks through the area, ignoring the others. Her.air is deliberate She is about 16. She pulls a laundry cart. The camera follows NICKY around to the back of the club. She tries the door. It is locked. Very loud music is coming through the wall. NICKY unpacks a guitar, a frayed speaker-amp and a radio cassette player from the cart. Lashed into the cart is an old car battery to power it all. She starts playing along with the band inside the club. What she lacks in skill she makes up in imagination. Soon she is taking solo licks and posing for an imaginary audience. The music from inside flares as the back door of the club opens and an angry black ROADIE shouts to her. ROADIE What the fuck do you think you're doing? She ignores him. She juts her jaw out defiantly. He walks over, We can hear you inside. Get outta here. NICKY Do you own this land I'm standing on? Do you fuckin' own the airwaves around here? NICKY continues playing. Another man joins the first. 2nd ROADIE This is a restricted area. We're asking you politely to disappear. CONTINUED
Nicky is first described in the 1979 screenplay as a “dark, skinny white girl.” We know Robin didn’t fit Allan Moyle’s original idea of what his Nicky looked like, winning the part through sheer charisma and making it hers. It’s possible that Cummins was working from a combination of photos of Robin and earlier descriptions of Nicky, coming up with this angry, and hungry, creature of the streets.

 

 

Times Square UK one-sheet movie poster
one-sheet poster, AAT ID: 300196848
27″ (W) x 40″ (H)
Inscription:
"GO SLEAZE!" …IN TIMES SQUARE
CUMMINS
TIMES SQUARE
ROBERT STIGWOOD Presents "TIMES SQUARE" Starring TIM CURRY·TRINI ALVARADO And Introducing ROBIN JOHNSON Also Starring PETER COFFIELD·HERBERT BERGHOF·DAVID MARGULIES·ANNA MARIA HORSFORD
Executive Producers KEVIN McCORMICK·JOHN NICOLELLA Directed by ALAN MOYLE Produced by ROBERT STIGWOOD and JACOB BRACKMAN Screenplay by JACOB BRACKMAN
Story by ALAN MOYLE and LEANNE UNGER Associate Producer BILL OAKES An EMI-ITC Production Soundtrack available on RSO Records and TAPES RSO
Distributed by EMI Films Limited. EMI A Member of the THORN EMI Group.
PRINTED IN ENGLAND BY W. E. BERRY LTD. BRADFORD
(work)
1981 UK Poster_1080px.jpg
1080 px (H) x 734 px (W), 96 dpi, 396 kb (image)

 

TIMES SQUARE, p. 1
Screenplay by Jacob Brackman
1979

 

Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

Another 2-fer

Posted on 8th October 2016 in "Times Square"
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Two more UK black and white press photos on a single 8 x 10 print.

2 UK TIMES SQUARE B&W Press Photos on a single 8x10 print. The bottom photo is in the Press Kit, the top photo appears nowhere else as of this writing.  Captions:  A ROBERT STIGWARD PRESENTATION FOR EMI FILMS - TIMES SQUARE.  IN  A DISTRESSED CONDITION, NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) TRIES TO TELL HER STORY OVER THE AIR FROM THE RADIO STATION.  RELEASED IN THE UK BY COLUMBIA-EMI-WARNER.  A ROBERT STIGWARD PRESENTATION FOR EMI FILMS - TIMES SQUARE.  NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) AND PAMELA (TRINI ALVARADO) SURVEY THE CROWDS BELOW THEM IN TIMES SQUARE.  RELEASED IN THE UK BY COLUMBIA-EMI-WARNER.

Like the previous one of these, we have here one familiar picture and one new one.

 

The top photo, which  appears nowhere else as of this writing, from 2 UK TIMES SQUARE B&W Press Photos on a single 8x10 print.  Caption:  A ROBERT STIGWARD PRESENTATION FOR EMI FILMS - TIMES SQUARE.  IN  A DISTRESSED CONDITION, NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) TRIES TO TELL HER STORY OVER THE AIR FROM THE RADIO STATION.  RELEASED IN THE UK BY COLUMBIA-EMI-WARNER.

A ROBERT STIGWARD PRESENTATION FOR EMI FILMS – TIMES SQUARE. IN A DISTRESSED CONDITION, NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) TRIES TO TELL HER STORY OVER THE AIR FROM THE RADIO STATION. RELEASED IN THE UK BY COLUMBIA-EMI-WARNER.

 

At least I’ve never seen the top photo before, of Nicky waiting for her cue from Johnny to start her performance. Or perhaps it’s Robin waiting for her cue from Allan Moyle.

 

 

Bottom photo from 2 UK TIMES SQUARE B&W Press Photos on a single 8x10 print. The bottom photo is in the Press Kit.  Caption:  A ROBERT STIGWARD PRESENTATION FOR EMI FILMS - TIMES SQUARE.  NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) AND PAMELA (TRINI ALVARADO) SURVEY THE CROWDS BELOW THEM IN TIMES SQUARE.  RELEASED IN THE UK BY COLUMBIA-EMI-WARNER.

A ROBERT STIGWARD PRESENTATION FOR EMI FILMS – TIMES SQUARE. NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) AND PAMELA (TRINI ALVARADO) SURVEY THE CROWDS BELOW THEM IN TIMES SQUARE. RELEASED IN THE UK BY COLUMBIA-EMI-WARNER.

 

The bottom photo of Pammy looking on as Nicky decides whether to perform or not is a cropped version of TS-22-32 from the UK Press Kit (whose US-style numbering has me doubtful if it was really part of the Press Kit). Unfortunately it doesn’t have a nifty little UK-style number added like its counterpart on the other 2-fer.

Both captions repeat the peculiar misspelling of Robert Stigwood’s name as “Stigward”.

 

 

[2 “Times Square” black and white press photos on 1 8×10″ print 1 of 2]
black-and-white photograph, AAT ID: 300128347, 7.75 in (W) x 10 in (H) (work);
1981 2-photo UK 8×10-1_1080px.jpg
1080 px (H) x 863 px (W), 96 dpi, 312 kb (image)

1980
[IN A DISTRESSED CONDITION, NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) TRIES TO TELL HER STORY OVER THE AIR FROM THE RADIO STATION.]
[detail of 2 “Times Square” black and white press photos on 1 8×10″ print 1 of 2]
1981 2-photo UK 8×10-1_top_1080px.jpg
inscription:
[on photo] 20
[on border]A ROBERT STIGWARD PRESENTATION FOR EMI FILMS – TIMES SQUARE. IN A DISTRESSED CONDITION, NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) TRIES TO TELL HER STORY OVER THE AIR FROM THE RADIO STATION. RELEASED IN THE UK BY COLUMBIA-EMI-WARNER.
1080 px (W) x 950 px (H), 96 dpi, 404 kb (image)
[NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) AND PAMELA (TRINI ALVARADO) SURVEY THE CROWDS BELOW THEM IN TIMES SQUARE.]
[detail of 2 “Times Square” black and white press photos on 1 8×10″ print 1 of 2]
1981 2-photo UK 8×10-1_bottom_1080px.jpg
inscription:
[on border]
A ROBERT STIGWARD PRESENTATION FOR EMI FILMS – TIMES SQUARE. NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) AND PAMELA (TRINI ALVARADO) SURVEY THE CROWDS BELOW THEM IN TIMES SQUARE. RELEASED IN THE UK BY COLUMBIA-EMI-WARNER.
1080 px (W) x 943 px (H), 96 dpi, 406 kb (image)

 

Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

“Nick & Slick”

Posted on 28th September 2016 in "Times Square"
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Two UK black and white press photos on a single 8 x 10 print.

2 UK TIMES SQUARE black and white press photos on a single 8x10 print.  The top photo is a version of TS-72-8A/14 from the US press kit, cropped to show less at the top and more at the left, right, and bottom.  It has a tiny number 20 at its lower right.  The bottom photo appears nowhere else as of this writing.  Text:  A ROBERT STIGWARD PRODUCTION FOR EMI FILMS - TIMES SQUARE.  PAMELA (TRINI ALVARADO) AND NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) SING LIVE ON THE AIR.  RELEASED IN THE UK BY COLUMBIA-EMI-WARNER.  A ROBERT STIGWARD PRODUCTION FOR EMI FILMS - TIMES SQUARE.  PAMELA (TRINI ALVARADO) AND NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) DEFACE PAMELA'S 'LOSTGIRL' POSTER.  RELEASED IN THE UK BY COLUMBIA-EMI-WARNER.

Who exactly printed these, and why, are mysteries, as I haven’t yet come across any publication that used them, but their country of origin is made clear by the captions announcing Times Square’s release in the UK.

A bigger mystery is why the photo captions lead off by misspelling Robert Stigwood’s surname “Stigward”. There’s at least one more 2-on-1 8×10 like this one (see next post), and it maintains the “Stigward” spelling.

 

 

This top photo from a single 8x10 print (2) contaniing 2 UK TIMES SQUARE Press Photos, is a version of TS-72-8A/14 from the US press kit, cropped to show less at the top and more at the left, right, and bottom.  It has a tiny number 20 at its lower right, in the style of the photos from the UK Press Kit.  Text:  A ROBERT STIGWARD PRODUCTION FOR EMI FILMS - TIMES SQUARE.  PAMELA (TRINI ALVARADO) AND NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) SING LIVE ON THE AIR.  RELEASED IN THE UK BY COLUMBIA-EMI-WARNER.

A ROBERT STIGWARD PRODUCTION FOR EMI FILMS – TIMES SQUARE. PAMELA (TRINI ALVARADO) AND NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) SING LIVE ON THE AIR. RELEASED IN THE UK BY COLUMBIA-EMI-WARNER.

The top photo is a version of TS-72-8A/14 from the US press kit, cropped to show less at the top and more at the left, right, and bottom. The most interesting thing about it it the tiny number 20 at its lower right, in the style of the photos from the UK Press Kit.

This bottom photo appears nowhere else as of this writing.  Text:  A ROBERT STIGWARD PRODUCTION FOR EMI FILMS - TIMES SQUARE.  PAMELA (TRINI ALVARADO) AND NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) DEFACE PAMELA'S 'LOSTGIRL' POSTER.  RELEASED IN THE UK BY COLUMBIA-EMI-WARNER.

A ROBERT STIGWARD PRODUCTION FOR EMI FILMS – TIMES SQUARE. PAMELA (TRINI ALVARADO) AND NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) DEFACE PAMELA’S ‘LOSTGIRL’ POSTER. RELEASED IN THE UK BY COLUMBIA-EMI-WARNER.

 

The bottom photo, as far as I know, has never appeared anywhere else. It comes from the end of the dancing-along-42nd-Street scene, when they find that someone has spray painted “No Sense Makes Sense – The Sleez Sisters” across a “Missing” poster of Pammy on the side of a city bus. Needless to say, the shot in the film is from a significantly different angle. Also, the scene cuts as Nicky is blacking out Pammy’s eyes, and here Pammy and Nicky admire her completed work, including Nicky’s addition of the legend “Nick & Slick”.

For what it’s worth, this moment is to me the biggest continuity error in the movie. In the film, only Pammy is around when Nicky utters the phrases “Sleez Sisters” and “No Sense Makes Sense”. In the script, there are indications that Johnny has had them in the WJAD studio several times broadcasting their philosophy to the tri-state area, but in the movie, local girls are apparently receiving psychic transmissions from Pier 56. It still works though, adding to the dream logic that underpins the entire movie. There’s no way this could have happened, but of course it did, because it has to. Yes, it makes no sense, but No Sense Makes Sense. It’s pointless to argue about logic flaws in Times Square, because logic isn’t the point, the point is raw emotion, as embodied in Nicky Marotta.

That the incoherent form of the film reflects the intent in this way is a complete accident; I’m certain Allan Moyle and Jacob Brackman weren’t trying to create a film that delivered its message through continuity problems. Moyle has said (in the Anchor Bay DVD commentary) that the script should have had another year’s development before filming, to iron out some of those problems; and if someone other than Robert Stigwood had produced it, the problems created after Moyle left the film wouldn’t have occurred. As I’ve said before, though, if this had happened, Times Square would have been a radically different movie, and wouldn’t have starred Robin Johnson, and I wouldn’t be here blathering on about it.

Now, “No Sense Makes Sense” having its origins as a Charles Manson quote, again betraying the late ’60s-early ’70s sensibilities of the film’s creators, and our heroines adopting it as a rallying cry, and myself using it to explain away the movie’s structural flaws… well, it makes me feel a little icky, but please somebody else discuss this in the comments. I’m really only here to show all the pictures I’ve collected, not to analyze the film. (Every once in a while I just can’t help myself though, as you can see.)

 

 

[2 “Times Square” black and white press photos on 1 8×10″ print 2 of 2]
black-and-white photograph, AAT ID: 300128347, 7.75 in (W) x 10 in (H) (work);
1981 UK 2-photo 8×10-3_1080px.jpg
1080 px (H) x 852 px (W), 96 dpi, 321 kb (image)

1980
[20 – PAMELA (TRINI ALVARADO) AND NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) SING LIVE ON THE AIR.]
[detail of 2 “Times Square” black and white press photos on 1 8×10″ print 2 of 2]
1981 UK 2-photo 8×10-3_top_1080px.jpg
inscription:
[on photo] 20
[on border]A ROBERT STIGWARD PRODUCTION FOR EMI FILMS – TIMES SQUARE. PAMELA (TRINI ALVARADO) AND NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) SING LIVE ON THE AIR. RELEASED IN THE UK BY COLUMBIA-EMI-WARNER.
1080 px (W) x 911 px (H), 96 dpi, 358 kb (image)
[PAMELA (TRINI ALVARADO) AND NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) DEFACE PAMELA’S ‘LOSTGIRL’ POSTER.]
[detail of 2 “Times Square” black and white press photos on 1 8×10″ print 2 of 2]
1981 UK 2-photo 8×10-3_bottom_1080px.jpg
inscription:
[on border]A ROBERT STIGWARD PRODUCTION FOR EMI FILMS – TIMES SQUARE. PAMELA (TRINI ALVARADO) AND NICKY (ROBIN JOHNSON) DEFACE PAMELA’S ‘LOSTGIRL’ POSTER. RELEASED IN THE UK BY COLUMBIA-EMI-WARNER.
1080 px (W) x 921 px (H), 96 dpi, 391 kb (image)

 

 

Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

TS-69-34A/4, ITC version

Posted on 18th September 2016 in "Times Square"
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Robin Johnson as Nicky Marotta in the WJAD studio.  ITC variant of TIMES SQAURE press photo TS-69-34A.  Text:  ROBIN JOHNSON portrays Nicky  Marotta, an aimless, street- wise youngster whose heart is  set on becoming a rock star.  TIMES SQUARE™  ITC ENTERTAINMENT AN acc COMPANY  Permission is hereby granted to newspapers and other periodicals to reproduce this photograph for publicity or advertising except for the endorsement of products.  This must not be sold leased or given away.  Printed in U.S.A.

ROBIN JOHNSON portrays Nicky
Marotta, an aimless, street-
wise youngster whose heart is
set on becoming a rock star.

 

Another UK press photo produced by ITC, this one a cropped version of TS-69-34A/4 from the US Press Materials folder, with its caption added on at an annoyingly noticeable angle. The last one had a 4 on it; this one is not numbered. There may be two or three more of these ITC photos out there, there may not.

Everything else I might have to say about this, I addressed in the last post. So, see yez later.

 

 

[Robin Johnson “Times Square” press photo TS-69-34A/4, ITC variant]
black-and-white photograph, AAT ID: 300128347, 8.06 in (W) x 10 in (H) (work);
1080 px (H) x 881 px (W), 96 dpi, 348 kb (image)

1981
inscription:
(on border)
ROBIN JOHNSON portrays Nicky
Marotta, an aimless, street-
wise youngster whose heart is
set on becoming a rock star.
TIMES
SQUARE™
ITC ENTERTAINMENT
AN acc COMPANY
Permission is hereby granted to newspapers and other periodicals to
reproduce this photograph for publicity or advertising except for the
endorsement of products. This must not be sold leased or given away.
Printed in U.S.A.

 

Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

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Headshot, ITC version

Posted on 8th September 2016 in "Times Square"
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Inscription:  TIMES SQUARE  4  Robin Johnson makes her motion picture acting and singing debut after being discovered by chance at her high school in Brooklyn for the co-starring role with Tim Curry and Trini Alvarado in "Times Square."  ITC ENTERTAINMENT  AN acc COMPANY  Permission is hereby granted to newspapers and other periodicals to reproduce this photograph for publicity or advertising except for the endorsement of products. This must not be sold leased or given away  Printed in USA

Associated Film Distribution, which released Times Square in the US, was a partnership between Thorn-EMI (which released Times Square in the UK and most of the rest of the world), and ITC, which was primarily a producer of television in the UK. By the time Times Square came out, AFD was already struggling from the failures of Can’t Stop the Music and Raise the Titanic! earlier that summer, and even as Times Square hit theaters and Robin was traveling the world promoting it, EMI and ITC were already working to dissolve AFD and sell its films to Universal. As far as I know, Universal still owns the theatrical performance rights, as well as the only pristine print and the negative to Times Square (which was not destroyed in the 2008 Universal Studios fire as had been reported), although through the vagaries of multiple rights and companies rising and falling, all other rights in the property (not counting the soundtrack album) are held by StudioCanal.

Anyway, a few publicity stills were released in the UK with ITC credited as the producer, and this is one. It’s TS-Spec.3, cropped a little closer, and with the caption printed directly on it rather than included as a separate slip of paper. Interestingly, it was “Printed in USA.” Even more interestingly, there’s a little number “4” before the caption, implying there are at least three more ITC-variant photos. I know of at least one other that I don’t have. Less interestingly, it, like this one, is a duplicate of an American publicity photo we’ve already seen.

 

 

[Robin Johnson head shot, ITC variant]
black-and-white photograph, AAT ID: 300128347, 7.75 in (W) x 10 in (H) (work);
1080 px (H) x 852 px (W), 96 dpi, 364 kb (image)

1981
inscription:
(on border)
TIMES SQUARE
4
Robin Johnson makes her motion picture acting and singing debut after being discovered by
chance at her high school in Brooklyn for the co-starring role with Tim Curry and Trini
Alvarado in “Times Square.”
ITC ENTERTAINMENT
AN acc COMPANY
Permission is hereby granted to newspapers and other periodicals to reproduce this photograph
for publicity or advertising except for the endorsement of products. This must not be sold
leased or given away
Printed in USA

 

Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

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Leader, Winter 1980

Posted on 29th August 2016 in "Times Square"
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"The Magazine published by Columbia-EMI-Warner Distributors"

Leader was a vehicle by which Columbia-EMI-Warner film distributors promoted all their new films to UK theater owners. As Times Square was set to open in mid-January, it had a few mentions and an advertisement in the Winter edition, although it looks like the distributors were betting their big money on Flash Gordon, which had already had its premiere.

"The Magazine published by Columbia-EMI-Warner Distributors", p. 2  Relevant text:  ROYAL   EMI Films makes industry history with it’s turn-of-the-year-releases. Three Royal Premieres in three consecutive months for films from the same company is no mean achievement. “FLASH GORDON” had the Royal treatment on December 10th with a  glittering Charity Premiere at the ABC Shaftesbury Avenue attended by TRH’s Prince and Princess Michael.    “THE JAZZ SINGER” starring Neil Diamond, Sir Laurence Olivier and Lucy Arnaz is premiered on January 29th and the evening  will be graced by the presence of HRH Princess Margaret. This too is a charity premiere.    On February 26th HM Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Phillip will attend the British Charity Premiere of Agatha Christie’s  “MIRROR CRACK’D” with its all star international cast.    In addition to these three films EMI will open the Robert Stigwood production “TIMES SQUARE” in the West End in mid-January. “FLASH GORDON” will open in major cities right across Britain over the Christmas period and is being supported by a huge  marketing campaign.    Meanwhile “THE ELEPHANT MAN” starring John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins continues to go from success to success. It quickly  established itself with West End audiences and has triumphed in city after city as it’s release has progressed around the  country.

ROYAL

EMI Films makes industry history with it’s turn-of-the-year-releases. Three Royal Premieres in three consecutive months for films from the same company is no mean achievement. “FLASH GORDON” had the Royal treatment on December 10th with a glittering Charity Premiere at the ABC Shaftesbury Avenue attended by TRH’s Prince and Princess Michael.

“THE JAZZ SINGER” starring Neil Diamond, Sir Laurence Olivier and Lucy Arnaz is premiered on January 29th and the evening will be graced by the presence of HRH Princess Margaret. This too is a charity premiere.

On February 26th HM Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Phillip will attend the British Charity Premiere of Agatha Christie’s “MIRROR CRACK’D” with its all star international cast.

In addition to these three films EMI will open the Robert Stigwood production “TIMES SQUARE” in the West End in mid-January.

“FLASH GORDON” will open in major cities right across Britain over the Christmas period and is being supported by a huge marketing campaign.

Times Square was apparently the only winter 1980-81 EMI premiere not to get the royal treatment.

Two-page center spread promoting all the Columbia-Warner-EMI movies opening in the beginning of 1981. Relevant text: THE LINE-UP THAT ENSURES YOUR PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR No company can ever have started a year off in the fashion that EMI Films will start 1981. “THE JAZZ SINGER”, “TIMES SQUARE” and “MIRROR CRACK’D” all bow before British audiences before the year is hardly out of rompers, and whilst “FLASH GORDON” is delighting audiences from north to south and east to west. [photo caption:] "TIMES SQUARE" Two of the young stars featured in the Robert Stigwood production. Another tremendous musical score!

 

The center spread publicized all the films of the season, and again mentioned Times Square along with the the other three EMI films while giving a special shout-out to Flash Gordon.

From the two-page center spread promoting all the Columbia-Warner-EMI movies opening in the beginning of 1981. Text: No company can ever have started a year off in the fashion that EMI Films will start 1981. “THE JAZZ SINGER”, “TIMES SQUARE” and “MIRROR CRACK’D” all bow before British audiences before the year is hardly out of rompers, and whilst “FLASH GORDON” is delighting audiences from north to south and east to west. musical score!

No company can ever have started a year off in the fashion that EMI Films will start 1981. “THE JAZZ SINGER”, “TIMES SQUARE” and “MIRROR CRACK’D” all bow before British audiences before the year is hardly out of rompers, and whilst “FLASH GORDON” is delighting audiences from north to south and east to west.

At least Times Square got a picture… the image used was a cropped version of TS-72-8A/14, also seen in the AFD Campaign Pressbook, on the cover of the UK soundtrack sampler, as the cover of the Japanese soundtrack sampler, and cropped even further in the December 23 US magazine. The caption was a sneaky plug for the soundtrack album.

Image of Trini Alvarado and Robin Johnson from the two-page center spread promoting all the Columbia-Warner-EMI movies opening in the beginning of 1981. [photo caption:] "TIMES SQUARE" Two of the young stars featured in the Robert Stigwood production. Another tremendous musical score!

 

“TIMES SQUARE” Two of the young stars featured in the Robert Stigwood production. Another tremendous musical score!

 

 

1/2 page ad for "Times Square" from p. 10 of "Leader", Winter 1980

 

Finally, on page 10, was a half-page ad. After all the work that went into the logo on the cover of the UK Press Kit, it was tossed aside in favor of what you see here. Nearly all the UK advertising materials used this logo and the painted image of a frighteningly skinny Nicky. I’ll gripe more about that when I get to the movie poster.

 

 

Leader, Winter 1980
house organ, AAT ID: 300026662
12 pp., 8.4 ” (W) x 11″ (H) (work)
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634 px (H) x 800 px (W), 96 dpi, 343 kb
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652 px (H) x 800 px (W), 96 dpi, 205 kb
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1080 px (W) x 706 px (H), 96 dpi, 339 kb (images)