Classic Hollywood #15

Mad Men, Murder And The Duke – 1967

Before Robert Morse became known to a generation of television viewers as Mad Men agency head Bertram Cooper, he had a distinguished stage and movie career. The Loved One (1965) a disturbing black comedy about the funeral industry has Morse at his best.

Next to Morse is Angela Lansbury, who at the age of 19 in her first movie role, was nominated for Best Supporting Actress playing the tarty maid Nancy in Gaslight (1944). Lansbury would go on to other great roles, her best being the domineering mother, Eleanor Shaw Iselin, in The Manchurian Candidate. Eventually she would be known to most people by starring in the long running TV series Murder She Wrote. Lansbury, now 86,  is still an active performer.

The final member of this triumvirate is the legendary Duke Ellington. Ellington is still regarded as one of the most important figures in American music as a composer and performer.

So what were they gathered for?

The opening of the Rainbow Grill on August 7, 1967.

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