Tajms Skver – lobby card poster 2 of 3, Yugoslavia, 1981

Posted on 28th July 2019 in "Times Square"

1981 Yugoslavian movie poster and lobby cards for TIMES SQUARE (1980)




Another four “lobby cards”, printed together on one poster, having been cut together and reprinted from an earlier series of lobby cards that I didn’t have when I found these. Unlike the first one, I think we’ve seen all these images previously, but, I’ll have more to say about them later. That will make sense then, I promise. Or, I hope.



Here are the individual “cards”, from when I separated them before realizing that they were never intended to be separated.




[Tajms SkverTimes Square lobby card poster, 2 of 3]
poster, AAT ID: 300027221
Yugoslavia ; 46.6 x 34.5 cm. (work)
768 px (H) x 1080 px (W), 96 dpi, 472 kb
769 px (H) x 1080 px (W), 96 dpi, 477 kb
761 px (H) x 1080 px (W), 96 dpi, 510 kb
789 px (H) x 765 px (W), 96 dpi, 467 kb
776 px (H) x 1080 px (W), 96 dpi, 493 kb (images)


Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+


Tajms Skver – lobby card poster 1 of 3, Yugoslavia, 1981

Posted on 15th July 2019 in "Times Square"

1981 Yugoslavian lobby card sheet for TIMES SQUARE (1980), 1 of 3

I originally thought that these were uncut sheets of lobby cards intended to be separated into individual items, but after digitally doing exactly that I’ve come to the conclusion that, no, they were intended to be displayed just as they are. First, there’s not enough interior border area to cut them apart evenly, unless you trim them all the way down to the image on all four sides. Second, these sheets are exactly the same size and printed on the same poster paper as the Yugoslavian lobby poster (which itself is made up of two lobby card images), although made to be shown in landscape orientation rather than portrait. And third, shortly after I acquired these I saw a second set of them, also in poster form, so I’m guessing that these Yugoslavian lobby cards were never cut apart.

This is the first time many of these particular images have been published here, but they’re not making their first appearances as Times Square publicity items. It may not be visible in the digitized images but a close examination of the posters shows quite clearly that they’ve been cut together from another set of lobby cards, with the Tajms Skver insets pasted in on top. This is why the overall printing job leaves something to be desired — these are essentially color photocopies of items originally distributed months before… but which so far are the very last Times Square publicity materials I’ve found. I’ll start posting those in a month or two, meanwhile here are the individual images from this lobby card poster, that I’d made before I realized they weren’t meant to be displayed individually.



[Tajms SkverTimes Square lobby card poster, 1 of 3]
poster, AAT ID: 300027221
Yugoslavia ; 46.6 x 34.5 cm. (work)
777 px (H) x 1080 px (W), 96 dpi, 425 kb
758 px (H) x 1080 px (W), 96 dpi, 453 kb
774 px (H) x 1080 px (W), 96 dpi, 510 kb
767 px (H) x 765 px (W), 96 dpi, 460 kb
773 px (H) x 1080 px (W), 96 dpi, 404 kb (images)


Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+


Tajms Skver – lobby poster, Yugoslavia, 1981

Posted on 2nd July 2019 in "Times Square"

The main Yugoslavian poster used the art from the U.K. poster which was used throughout Europe. But Zeta Film also produced at least four more promotional pieces, which I believe to have been made for display in theater lobbies, based on their size and artwork.

This poster is smaller than a standard one-sheet, and reproduces photos previously used as U.K. lobby cards, top and bottom, although the reproduction leaves much to be desired.

I think it’s astounding that this much effort was put into promoting Times Square in Yugoslavia. I wonder if the film itself had been dubbed in Serbian or Bosnian.




Would you like to know more?
Tajms Skver – Times Square Movie Poster, Yugoslavia, 1981
Times Square U.K. Movie Poster
U.K. Lobby Cards (post 2 of 3)
U.K. Lobby Cards (post 1 of 3)



Tajms SkverTimes Square lobby poster
poster, AAT ID: 300027221
Yugoslavia ; 46.6 x 34.5 cm. (work)
1080 px (H) x 765 px (W), 96 dpi, 415 kb (image)


Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+


More Times Square German press photos, 1982

Posted on 20th June 2019 in "Times Square"




The next German press photo from Schröder-Filmverleih had previously seen publication in Filmstar Vol. 1 No. 3, in Thailand. The Filmstar version shows less of the image at the left, and more of Nicky’s hand on the right, so there must have been a more complete version at some point. It’s from the Cleo Club performance of “Damn Dog”, and so must have been taken at the same time as this slide, UK publicity still #21, and this color 8×10 print, although it must have been a little later… this is the only still from that scene after she’s put down her guitar.

I’ve also just noticed that there’s a little number “22” inset at the bottom edge. This must be a reprint of #22 from the UK series, which I do not have at the moment. I wonder if the others are also reprinted from the UK series, with the number either invisible or cropped out.








And here, from May 1982, is the last piece of promotional material produced for Times Square’s theatrical run.* Do I need to say anything about it at this point? This photo of Robin was the single most-used photo, thanks to its use on the movie poster and soundtrack album cover, beating out the shot of Trini only because Nicky quickly became the face of the film.


As with the other two German photos, there were captions pasted to the backs of these.

Nicky Marotta (ROBIN JOHNSON) as a rock lady. Will it only be a dream for the rebellious Nicky? The movie “Times Square – Eff Alla Youse” describes the escape of two teenagers from a psychiatric hospital. The two turn New York upside down. They are supported by Johnny LaGuardia (TIM CURRY), the most popular disc jockey in the city.

That’s the snotty, rebellious and defiant Nicky Marotta (ROBIN JOHNSON). She is 15, on her own, and dreams of becoming a rock star. Their adventures are portrayed in the thrilling music film “Times Square – go pound sand”, which starts in Germany on May 21st. Another starring role is superstar Tim Curry.


I first posted a version of that last photo about four and a half years ago, in my ninth post here, as our first look at Robin as Nicky (although that specific print actually comes from the 1980-81 series of stills from the UK). It’s only fitting that it also be our last look, as we bid farewell to Times Square, and consign it to poorly-mastered Betamax tapes and cutout record bins .


… but wait, there’s more! I tried to post all this stuff in chronological order, but that proved impossible, because “new” stuff kept turning up. That means I found a few things in only the past few weeks (as I type this), and we’re going to be looking at pictures from Times Square for a little while yet.



* The last one in the order I’m posting, anyway. I have no idea in what order they were manufactured or distributed. I fully admit I saved this for last purely for dramatic effect.



[two German press photos]
black-and-white photographs, AAT ID: 300128347
Germany, 1982 ; 12.3 x 17.4 cm. (works)
1080 px (H) x 763 px (W), 96 dpi, 327 kb
1080 px (H) x 773 px (W), 96 dpi, 347 kb
1128 px (W) x 765 px (H), 96 dpi, 206 kb
1119 px (W) x 773 px (H), 96 dpi, 223 kb (images)


Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+


Times Square German press photos, 1982

Posted on 7th June 2019 in "Times Square"


Schröder-Filmverleih, Times Square’s German distributor, put out a handful of black-and-white press photos to promote the movie along with the poster and lobby card set. They aren’t printed all that well, appearing to be copies of copies, which is a shame because most of them are images that never appeared anywhere else.

The first one here is Pammy and Nicky bursting through the doors that somehow lead to an alley accessible by fire escape from the Adonis Theater. It must have been taken at about the same time as this color shot, and like that shot, doesn’t match up to the action in the film. To my eye, the girls are in the same spot relative to the doorway in both photos, so I hypothesize that this was taken during a second run-through, as they tried to internalize the direction to look more frightened and less happy. In the take used for the movie, Robin practically falls through the doorway, and Trini is not smiling. (More details of the peculiar architecture of 50th St. & 8th Ave.)



This second one, Mr. Pearl attacking Johnny, would appear to have been taken just before or just after TS-78-2/16 from the American Press Material folder. Why did Germany use this ever-so-slightly different photo? Your guess is as good as mine.

These black and white 8 x 10’s came complete with ready-to-use captions in German on the back.

Two teenagers Nicky (ROBIN JOHNSON, right) and Pamela (TRINI ALVARADO) are on the run in “Times Square – you can all kiss our asses”. The two girls become true heroes for their peers. An amazing film with the hits of recent years and the great Tim Curry as cunning disc jockey Johnny LaGuardia.

Ambitious politician David Pearl (PETER COFFIELD) storms furiously at disc jockey Johnny LaGuardia (TIM CURRY). Pearl thinks the disc jockey knows where his runaway daughter is. A highlight of the movie “Times Square – you can all screw off”. The craziest film ever made about New York teenagers.

Someone has corrected by hand the printed misspelling of Johnny’s last name as “LaGuardian.”



[two German press photos]
black-and-white photographs, AAT ID: 300128347
Germany, 1982 ; 12.3 x 17.4 cm. (works)
1080 px (W) x 762 px (H), 96 dpi, 295 kb
1080 px (W) x 769 px (H), 96 dpi, 326 kb
1179 px (W) x 762 px (H), 96 dpi, 235 kb
1198 px (W) x 769 px (H), 96 dpi, 181 kb (images)


Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+


Justina Johnson

Posted on 25th May 2019 in Uncategorized

April 16, 1949 – August 16, 2018

Justina Johnson graduated Syracuse University with a BA in History and Library Science. Since 1979 she’d worked as a computer programmer. She was Robin Johnson’s aunt, her father’s little sister. Only 15 years older than Robin, their early relationship was often more like sisters than aunt-niece. Babysitting duties often included trips to see the Yankees play.

Date: Mon, 25 May 2009 07:10:25 -0000
To: RobinJohnsonNet@yahoogroups.com
From: “jjohnson492001”
Subject: FYI + question

I am Robin Johnson’s aunt. She has not done any acting since some LA
theater and she keeps a fairly low profile.
However, I am about to send her a birthday message since she turns 45
this upcoming Friday … that same day she was born.
Just for fun this year, I am included a picture of the May 29th, 1965
cover from LIFE.
Have they ever re-released the sound track for Times Square on CD?

Ten years ago, that message appeared on the Yahoo! group I was running, which is how things worked before Facebook. It was greeted with slightly less skepticism than if someone had posted claiming to be Robin, but JJ soon proved her authenticity and became a central part of the little community of Robin fans. She was, in her words, “tickled” that there were so many people online celebrating her niece’s acting career and keeping its memory alive.

She answered what questions she could while keeping in mind her niece’s desire for privacy, and enjoyed hearing the few things we knew that she didn’t, or that she hadn’t thought anyone but the family knew. At some point she volunteered to call Robin and ask her a few questions on our behalf. I have the feeling her contact with her family had been sporadic at best at that point, because this eventually became a weekly call between her and Robin, and the occasional call between her and Robin’s mother; purely family chats, nothing to do with us fans; and she several times over the years thanked me profusely for helping her reconnect with her relatives. During the time I knew her, she made at least two long trips to visit Robin and her sister and mother. Not the kind of behavior you’d expect from a hermit, but I got the feeling it hadn’t happened before.

For a time she acted as a go-between and gatekeeper between the fans and Robin. She was the one who delivered the birthday cards we sent to Robin, the first of which brought Robin nearly to tears, she reported. She forwarded the printouts of Facebook messages to Robin, by mail, and forwarded Robin’s handwritten replies to me, and I typed them up and posted them to her page… until Robin again decided interacting with her past was too much. JJ kept the door open, occasionally asking me if I had any questions for Robin, but I wanted to wait for the right moment, for an important question.

For some strange reason one year, we decided to get together and do something she’d never done: go see the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. It was supposed to be a big get-together of all the NYC-area fans, but circumstances and scheduling conflicts left it just her and me. Reading JJ’s online words, she projected the image of a delicate little old lady, but she wasn’t: she was taller than me, cheerful, vital, funny, apparently very outgoing… very unlike the quite proper, sometimes befuddled persona she seemed in text. We met up in Bryant Park, near the library, braved the crowds to the tree, then found a cheap diner and chatted for a few hours. I regret that neither of us thought to take a selfie, but they weren’t really a “thing” yet.

We parted with tentative plans to do it again, when the weather got nicer, and try to involve all the folks who’d dropped out this time. Over the next few years we’d mention those plans occasionally, but, sadly, never actually made them.

She’d “like” and comment on things I posted to Facebook, mostly Robin-related, some not. She did the same with other Robin fans who’d become her friends, mostly the crew from the old Yahoo! group. I know she had other non-Robin related online friends as well: old friends from real life, new friends for whom she proofread and critiqued fiction. She liked the tv series Supergirl, and in particular loved the relationship between the characters Alex Danvers and Maggie Sawyer. Nobody ever shipped a couple as hard as JJ shipped Alex and Maggie. I never had to follow any Supergirl groups, because JJ’s likes and comments popped everything Supergirl-related to the top of my newsfeed. When Alex and Maggie broke up, I think it broke JJ’s heart in a very real way.

JJ often referred to herself as “something of a hermit.” When we first met online, she had just started a blog devoted to her grand re-entrance into the community. But she never posted to it — I think getting involved with the fan community devoted to her niece replaced whatever struggle she had planned for herself. But it wasn’t unusual for any one of us not to hear from her for extended lengths of time. Every so often, I’d shoot her an email asking how she was doing, and she’d reply that she was fine, she was touched that I was thinking of her, and did I have any questions for Robin?

That was the nature of our last interaction, last June.

This year, when she didn’t respond to any of the messages posted to her Facebook page wishing her a happy 70th birthday, I grew concerned. When she didn’t answer an email, I posted a general inquiry; apparently she hadn’t been in touch with any of us for nearly a year. My attempts to find a more direct way to contact her led me to a memorial page on the Harrison Funeral Home website, and the knowledge that she’d died.

Last August.

I feel hurt, and betrayed by the universe that not only did it take my friend, but it hid that fact from me for months. Even worse, the memorial page was entirely bare. I was compelled to post a condolence. At the moment it’s there alone. I submitted a story/remembrance, but it hasn’t gone through yet, and I don’t expect it to. I sent an inquiry to the funeral home asking for a few details — how she died, where was she buried — but I haven’t received a response and again don’t expect to. I’m not family, I’m just some guy claiming to be her friend.

Other than that page, and a similar detail-free name-and-date-only obituary on some local online news service, there’s nothing to commemorate her passing. That’s not fair. She was important, more than she could ever bring herself to believe, and doesn’t deserve to be forgotten.

She was a huge part of the reason I redid this site to try to post all the Robin stuff I’ve collected. She was fiercely proud of Robin and rejoiced in the knowledge that Robin had such devoted fans and continued to make new ones.

I feel like the wind’s been taken out of my sails as far as continuing to post stuff here. But if I know two things, they’re that 1) Robin wouldn’t care one way or the other if this site were to disappear, but 2) JJ would absotivley posolutely demand that I keep going.

So I will. I may take a mighty big break once I run out of Times Square material, but I’ll be back.

JJ, this is for you.

Times Square lobby cards, Germany, 1982 (post 5 of 5)

Posted on 6th May 2019 in "Times Square"

The last three German lobby cards.


Number 13 looks over Nicky’s shoulder down to the sparse crowd on 42nd Street. This shot occurs as the crowd is assembling when they first spot her, though; it grows to at least five times this size. Still not enough to fill the street, but bigger than what we see here. To the right is a Sleez Girl holding a sign reading “Na Na Na,” which was not shown in the film because it refers to a song that was Nicky’s favorite in the script, that was completely written out of the story during shooting. Evidently it was still in the script when the final concert was shot, but by the time they were done shooting it had become a callback reference to events that never occurred. There’s a better look at it in a photo published in the songbook and the inside of the British edition of the soundtrack, which also implies that “Ooga booga booga” was actually a catchphrase Johnny used on the radio. In the May 1979 version of the script, Johnny only says it once, although it’s during the “Your Daughter Is One” scene (the film replaced it with “Piss off”), not during the fight with Mr. Pearl. If it was said over the air, it was added after this script, and then removed again during shooting. A continuity error just like this that still appears in the film is “No Sense Makes Sense” on the side of the bus, and on the signs in the crowd, despite nobody but Pammy ever hearing Nicky say it.

The “Nicky for Borough President” sign barely appears in the film, but it absolutely should have had a close-up. In fact, it should have been what the girls used to catch Nicky when she jumped, then we wouldn’t have “Where did they get the quilt from so fast?” in our list of things about Times Square that make no sense if you stop to think about them.


Number 14 is the view from street level, which makes the crowd more convincing. It seems to have been a special for the German market, having only previously appeared in Bravo No. 21 and Cinema Vol. 49 No. 6. [Wait — between the time I wrote that and the time this was posted, I found out I’m wrong about that. Another previous appearance of this image is coming up…]







And finally, number 15 is the card that only appeared in the second set of these I found, appearing in place of number 3. Is Nicky pleading for her last, one more thing to say, or is she still singing her guts out? It’s hard to tell from this picture, which to my knowledge never appeared anywhere else.


So there you have it, 15 lobby cards from Germany. Which leads me to believe now that there’s one more out there… I have reason to suspect that lobby cards are printed in sheets of four and them cut apart, which would explain why there are eight British lobby cards, and why… well, a few things I’ve only just stumbled across which will be coming up in the next few weeks. Yeah, I’m running out of Times Square items to share… but not just yet.




[TIMES SQUARE …ihr könnt uns alle ’mal!! German lobby cards 13-15 of 15]
Germany : lobby cards : AAT ID: 300208593 : 24 x 30 cm. : 1982 (works);
858 x 1080 px, 96 dpi, 531 kb
857 x 1080 px, 96 dpi, 522 kb
861 x 1080 px, 96 dpi, 495 kb (images)


Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+


Times Square lobby cards, Germany, 1982 (post 4 of 5)

Posted on 23rd April 2019 in "Times Square"



Yet another three German lobby cards.




The first, number 10 by my count, was a UK lobby card, and had been previously published in Film Review Vol. 31 No. 1 and Movie 81 No. 2, and on the back of the Japanese promo flyer.










The photo on number 11 had previously appeared on an Italian lobby poster.













And number 12 had seen publication, cropped and reversed, in the Japanese souvenir program book.




[TIMES SQUARE …ihr könnt uns alle ’mal!! German lobby cards 10-12 of 15]
Germany : lobby cards : AAT ID: 300208593 : 24 x 30 cm. : 1982 (works);
857 x 1080 px, 96 dpi, 556 kb
858 x 1080 px, 96 dpi, 524 kb
858 x 1080 px, 96 dpi, 416 kb (images)


Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+


Times Square lobby cards, Germany, 1982 (post 3 of 5)

Posted on 10th April 2019 in "Times Square"





Another three German lobby cards.





The image on card #7 previously appeared in Joepie #365.








Nicky rising from her seat to dance with Pammy as Roberto looks on was previously a British lobby card, and a cropped version appeared on the back of the Japanese promo flyer.










And card #9 (remember, I’ve assigned these numbers, they’re not in any way official) was the centerpiece of the Japanese movie poster, and also appeared on the cover of the Japanese souvenir program book; on the inside of the AFD press folder; on the picture sleeve of the Japanese “Same Old Scene” single; in the gatefold of the soundtrack album and in the songbook; and in Movie 81 No. 2 in February 1981.




[TIMES SQUARE …ihr könnt uns alle ’mal!! German lobby cards 7-9 of 15]
Germany : lobby cards : AAT ID: 300208593 : 24 x 30 cm. : 1982 (works);
857 x 1080 px, 96 dpi, 496 kb
857 x 1080 px, 96 dpi, 414 kb
857 x 1080 px, 96 dpi, 434 kb (images)


Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+


Times Square lobby cards, Germany, 1982 (post 2 of 5)

Posted on 28th March 2019 in "Times Square"


Three more German lobby cards.


The shot of Johnny at the mic was previously a British lobby card, and had been published in Movie 81 No. 2 in February 1981. It would appear to have been taken at the same time as the shot that appeared in the center of the gatefold of the soundtrack album (except in the UK), and the earliest published photo of Tim Curry from Times Square (in The Aquarian, April 23, 1980), which was also #4 of the seemingly unending series of UK black and white publicity stills.

It’s also the card that was missing from the second set of these cards I found, replaced by a card not in the first set.







This shot of the girls walking west along 42nd Street towards Times Square, with 6th Avenue behind them, was used in 1981 as a British lobby card. It also appeared in Belgium’s Joepie No. 365, on the Japanese movie poster (Pammy’s face only), and in the first promotional piece sent out by RSO.










And a cropped version of this photo of Nicky and Pammy entering the Pier 56 hideout previously appeared in the Japanese souvenir program book.


[TIMES SQUARE …ihr könnt uns alle ’mal!! German lobby cards 4-6 of 15]
Germany : lobby cards : AAT ID: 300208593 : 24 x 30 cm. : 1982 (works);
857 x 1080 px, 96 dpi, 397 kb
857 x 1080 px, 96 dpi, 514 kb
857 x 1080 px, 96 dpi, 353 kb (images)


Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+