Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Can You See JK? You Sure "Canasta"! :)


Here's something you don't see every day:

A German lobby card for a Mexican film! (Canasta de Cuentos Mexicanos, or, A Basket of Mexican Tales).

This gorgeous card, which recently joined the Kellection, shows smilin' Jack Kelly (as "Eddie Winthrop"), Mari Blanchard (JK's future She Devil co-star as "Gladys Winthrop"), and a Mexican actress in a segment of the film titled "Canasta". The Winthrops are American tourists who discover some beautifully hand-woven baskets while vacationing in Mexico. But, when they try to cut a deal with the basket-maker to have the canastas mass-produced for sale north of the border, their plans for quick riches quickly unravel.

Like each segment in this episodic 1956 film, "Canasta" was based a short story by the enigmatic author B. Traven, probably best known for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Traven's story "Assembly Line" is the basis for "Canasta". 

Here's something else you don't see every day--JK in a bathing suit:

You can enjoy the rest of this scene (and the entire "Canasta" segment) here:

Now, be sure to travel back to TDS, because a basketful--well, a mailbox-full--of other Kellectibles also arrived with the lobby card, including a DVD and some photos (hmm... ;>). Plus, bloodhound Bartista is on the scent of something really cool and hopefully I'll be able to share it with you here soon, too. So, stay tuned amigos! :)