Robin Johnson’s Times Square Headshot, “TS-Spec.3”

Posted on 10th June 2015 in "Times Square"
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Publicity headshot of Robin Johnson for publicity for "Times Square" (1980). This photo was distributed with a caption sheet identifying it at "TS-Spec.3." [Inscription] "TIMES SQUARE" AFD ©1980 Associated Film Distribution

TS-Spec.3
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.”


 

This is one of my favorite pictures of Robin, appearing for the first time not in character. I agree with DefeatedandGifted that it wasn’t part of the US press kit, even though it’s designed identically and even came with a folded-over caption sheet, just like the the photos in the press kit. However, none of the press kits I’ve seen contained it; I think if a press kit turns up with one of these in it, it’s because someone has recently inserted it thinking it belonged there.

Also, it has a different numbering system. “TS-Spec.3” sets it apart from the press kit photos, whose numbers imply scene/shot numbers. “Spec.” seems, well, special. And the “3” implies to me that there are a “1” and a “2” somewhere — headshots of Trini Alvarado and Tim Curry, perhaps? — but I’ve never seen anything like that. As far as I know, only Robin got a photo from AFD as herself.
 

The full caption sheet accompanying the "Times Square" publicity headshot of Robin Johnson. Text: TS-Spec.3 "TIMES SQUARE" 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." ©1980 Associated Film Distribution Publicity Department, AFD, 12711 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA. 91604 "Times Square," a contemporary drama with music starring Tim Curry, Robin Johnson and Trini Alvarado, is a Robert Stigwood Presentation, produced by Stigwood and Jacob Brackman and directed by Alan Moyle from Brackman's screenplay, based on a story by Moyle and Leanne Unger, with Kevin McCormick and John Nicollela the executive producers and Bill Oakes the associate producer. The EMI Films motion picture will be released on Friday, October 17 in the U.S. and Canada by AFD (Associated Film Distribution). ©1980 Associated Film Distribution Publicity Department, AFD, 12711 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA. 91604

 

 

TS-Spec.3
black and white photographic print, 8 in (W) x 10 in (H) (work);
1080 px (W) x 859 px (H), 96 dpi, 178 kb (image)

1980
inscription:
(on border) TIMES SQUARE
AFD
©1980 Associated
Film Distribution

 

[TS-Spec.3 accompanying caption sheet]
7.3 in (W) x 6.5 in (H) (work);
856 px x 757 px, 96 dpi, 136 kb (image)

 

Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

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