“6”

Posted on 24th March 2017 in "Times Square"
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Robin Johnson as Nicky Marotta during the filming of TIMES SQUARE (1980). The number and the stamp on the back imply that it was part of the UK Press Kit. The caption for photo 6 in the Press Kit reads:   15-year-old screen newcomer ROBIN JOHNSON stars as Nicky Marotta, a street-wise young runaway who, thanks to a radio DJ's patronage, is able to fulfil her fantasies of becoming a star of the "new wave".

6/7/8. 15-year-old screen newcomer ROBIN JOHNSON stars as Nicky Marotta, a street-wise young runaway who, thanks to a radio DJ’s patronage, is able to fulfil her fantasies of becoming a star of the “new wave”.

 

 

This, I believe, is one of the photos missing from my copy of the UK Press Kit. The photo caption sheet in the press kit lists photos 6, 7, and 8 as pictures of Robin all with the same caption, and my copy only has a 7 and 8. This photo has a tiny “6” inset on the front, and the back has the same black “TIMES SQUARE” stamp as the Press Kit photos. Add in the fact that this came from a memorabilia dealer in England, and I’m satisfied that it was originally part of the Press Kit package.

 

It’s the same image as TS-69-34A/4 from the US Press Material folder, printed with higher contrast and thus losing some detail, but cropped differently so it shows a little more of the area around Robin. We can now see Trini’s arm, the bottom of the guitar, and not quite enough more of the headstock to be sure whether this was before or after the “Rickenbacker” nameplate was removed. The same image was also used by ITC to promote the film, that one being cropped even closer.

 

 

[Times Square UK Press Kit photo 6]
black and white photographic print, 25.3 x 20.2 cm. (work);
1080 px (H) x 865 px (W), 96 dpi, 334 kb (image)

1980
inscription: [front] 6
[back:] [stamped, black:] TIMES SQUARE
[handwritten:] Robin Johnson | 96 | 429

 

Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

TS-C-22/27

Posted on 17th January 2017 in "Times Square"
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Robin Johnson and Trini Alvarado as Nicky and Pammy dance down 42nd Street

I’m going to have to temporarily abandon my mostly chronological posting order, because I’ve recently obtained a few items that If I’d had them previously, they’d have already gone up.

Although, in all honesty, I don’t know where this would go. It’s a publicity still from AFD, in the fashion of the items from the US Press Material folder, but it has a copyright year of 1981. AFD was the company EMI and ITC had created to release films in the US, and it was in dire financial straits at the time and Times Square wasn’t helping. Times Square was long gone from US theaters by 1981, so there should have been no need to produce more publicity materials. Of the stills released in the UK, some are credited to ITC, some from Columbia-EMI-Warner, and the ones in the UK press kit had no information on them but the kit itself was credited to EMI. Why did AFD print this up in 1981? But since it’s American, I feel that chronologically it should have come before the items produced in the UK.

My copy here has crop marks; someone intended in cutting off the very bottom and an inch off the right to make it fit, but what they were making it fit into, I have no idea. There’s probably a magazine or newspaper out there with this photo, cropped like that, in it. If that should turn up, it might give us an idea of why, when, and where this was made.

The back has some writing on it as well, but I don’t think it’s significant. The same green pen from the front has written “58”, crossed it out, and then written “57%’. A different pen has added “172” and “25” in black.

If this looks familiar, it’s because I’ve posted a color version twice previously, which was originally scanned and posted by Cineplex; I don’t actually have a physical copy, but if you’ve been following me here you know it’s one of the images I believe to have originally been UK lobby cards.

Karen (DefeatedandGifted) has this photo without the crop marks, along with four more AFD stills from 1981. Up till now I was assuming that they were produced for the Australian market, but Times Square was released in Australia by EMI-ITC, so why AFD made any publicity materials at all in 1981 is still a mystery.

 

 

TS-C-22/27
black-and-white photograph : AAT ID: 300128347 : 20.2 x 25.7 cm : Associated Film Distribution, 1981 (work);
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849 x 1080 px, 96 dpi, 319 kb (image)

 

©1981 Associated Film Distribution
Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+

 

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Film Review, Vol. 31 No. 1, January 1981

Posted on 27th December 2016 in "Times Square"
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Cover of UK magazine containing feature artcle on "Times Square"

P. 3 (contents page) Relevant text: 22 TIMES SQUARE The adventures of two teenage girls (Robin Johnson and Trini Alvarado) and the all-night Times Square radio personality (Tim Curry) who gives a boost to their dream of rock stardom.

22
TIMES SQUARE
The adventures of two teenage girls (Robin Johnson and Trini Alvarado) and the all-night Times Square radio personality (Tim Curry) who gives a boost to their dream of rock stardom.

“With an off-beat beauty all her own, and an engaging rasping singing voice, Ms Johnson has enough female virility to fill many films yet, and is already pencilled in for the sequel to Grease.”

 

There’s no arguing with the fact that in January of 1981, the big movie in the UK was Flash Gordon.

 

Despite its title, Film Review didn’t contain an actual review of Times Square, but a promotional article. You can tell it’s not a review because it’s 100% positive.

 

Edit, 14 January 2017: After some consideration, I think this was actually a review, of sorts, and the author had seen the film before composing it. It’s a piece that appears in the next month’s issue of Film Review that’s an unabashed puff piece that might have been written by EMI’s publicity department. I still think this one was more promotion than review, though.

 

The first photo accompanying the article is worth the price of admission, though: a color shot of Robin, Trini, and Tim, taken at the same time as the black and white photo in the UK Press Kit. Also, to my knowledge the shot in the lower left corner, “Robin Johnson sings to her fans in her Sleaze Sisters apparel,” is making its first appearance. The remaining color photo was used as a lobby card, and the black and white photo on the following page is TS-72-8A/14 from the US Press Material Folder, which appeared in the AFD Campaign Pressbook, on the covers of the British and Japanese soundtrack sampler records, in US Magazine, in the Leader, and on one of the strange 2-photo 8x10s that misspelled Robert Stigwood’s name. So far, other than the portraits of Robin and Trini that were used on the soundtrack album cover and the US movie poster, this is the photo that most often helped promote the film.

The one thing the article has in common with most real reviews of the movie is that it ultimately focuses on Robin’s performance as the big reason to see it. It’s also the first mention of Robin’s next scheduled project, as the female lead in Robert Stigwood’s production of Grease 2. Remember that?

TIMES SQUARE

A thought-provoking tale of alienated teenages — their moods, their mad antics and their music

Two runaway teenage girls, a variety of New Wave rock music and a grimy, pristine backdrop of New York make up the ingredients of Times Square (an EMI release), Robert Stigwood’s latest offering to a youthful cinema-going public.

Robin Johnson, a spunky 15-year-old newcomer, plays with admirable bravado the central role of Nicky, a street urchin with destructive inclinations and a yen for musical stardom. In hospital for psychiatric tests, Nicky finds herself in the company of Pamela Pearl (played by Trini Alvarado — from Robert Altman’s Rich Kids), an introverted 12-year-old from a privileged background, also in for tests. Despite their opposing upbringings, the two run away together — from the System that oppresses them both — to lead an exuberant, retaliatory existence on the streets.

It is this slight story-line that makes up the canvas for a gritty but heart-warming story of today’s youth, their problems, their qualities, their understandable misgivings and denied intelligence. They make mistakes — like every young generation before them — but this breed is growing up faster than ever before.

Canadian director Alan Moyle, making his American film debut after a string of successful films and documentaries over the border, conjures up a realistic atmosphere to his scenes beyond the call of Hollywood duty — to the extent you sometimes feel you are watching the runaway duo for real.

Moyle cleverly intercuts his footage with shots of genuine Times Square coke snorters, back street alcoholics, Eighth Avenue prostitutes and pimps, and all the fun of the New York fair. For the climactic sequence he even managed to close 42nd Street’s “Deuce” (a notorious strip of theatres and porno cinemas) for the first time in New York film location history.

Between all this he concentrates his camera almost lovingly on the adventures of Johnson and Alvarado, who have meanwhile taken their anti-establishment hostilities one step further, adopting a dual identity and calling themselves The Sleaze Sisters Not without point!

Under this guise, wearing outrageous costumes pieced together from jumble outcasts and dustbin liners, they tear through the streets of New York begging for money, in their spare time levering tv sets — the ultimate symbol of the bourgeoisie — from the top storeys of Manhattan’s skyscrapers.

It is this singular prank that arouses the interest of the public, and in particular that of a late-night Times Square DJ, played with laid-back relish by England’s own Tim Curry, late of “The Rocky Horror Show”. Providing The Sleaze Sisters with even greater coverage on New York’s air waves, narrating their boardwalk escapades and even allowing them to sing their protests, DJ Johnny LaGuardia becomes the catalyst in Moyle’s story. Like the DJ Curry played on television in “City Sugar”, LaGuardia reaches out from the night to the receptive, confused soul of a young girl wanting, desiring an intimate liaison with an established anti-establishment voice. Here, Curry has two souls to contend with and, even though he is trying to help them and gain public sympathy (by this time the police are now hot on their trail), he is at the same time exploiting them, exploiting their isolation from society, the society which eventually they come to need.

So, Times Square turns out to be many things: an exciting, abrasive look at the uglier face of New York; a compassionate tale of two desperate runaways who find mutual friendship encountering a common enemy; and a musical featuring some of the finest New Wave sounds around, including contributions from The Pretenders, Lou Reed and Suzi Quatro.

But for all Moyle’s perspicacious and sensitive direction, it is young Robin Johnson’s performance that dominates the film. With an off-beat beauty all her own, and an engaging rasping singing voice, Ms Johnson has enough female virility to fill many films yet, and is already pencilled in for the sequel to Grease. □

Karen (DefeatedandGifted) posted her copy of these pages in March 2015.

 

 

Film Review, Vol. 31 No. 1, January 1981;
UK EMI Cinemas Ltd.;
magazine (periodical), AAT ID: 300215389; 29.8 cm (H) x 21.3 cm (W) (work);
1981-01 Film Review Vol 31 No 1 p01_1080px.jpg (cover)
1981-01 Film Review Vol 31 No 1 p03_1080px.jpg (contents)
1981-01 Film Review Vol 31 No 1 p22_1080px.jpg (“TIMES SQUARE”)
1981-01 Film Review Vol 31 No 1 p23_1080px.jpg (“TIMES SQUARE”)
1080 px (H), 96 dpi (images)

 

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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1080 px (W) x 855 px (H), 96 dpi, 637 kb
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1080 px (W) x 853 px (H), 96 dpi, 551 kb (images)

 

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853 px (W) x 480 px (H), 72 dpi (images)
frame captures from Times Square (1980)
captured 2016-08-07

 

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MSDTISQ EC003 (262142_full.jpg)
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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]
detail from [Double-sided promotional poster, outside] (image)
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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 857 px (H), 96 dpi, 512 kb
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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+