Monday, November 05, 2012

Jane Russell's underwater treasure chest

The January 24, 1955 issue of Life magazine featured this fantastic movie poster for Underwater, starring Jane Russell and Richard Egan as a SCUBA-diving, treasure-hunting couple.

A couple of weeks later, in the February 7 issue the poster artwork was changed.

A month after that, in the March 7 issue this story appeared. A model sued, claiming her image had been ripped off, putting the painting of Russell's head on a painting of the model's body. You can read the details here:

Frankly, I don't know what happened. We're talking a couple of artists, a couple of models (and Jane Russell's face) a couple of pieces of artwork (a cover for Collier's magazine, and the movie poster.) If a judge dismissed the case at least model Lyn Jones got a little bit of notoriety. Two pages in Life was worth a lot in those days. Interestingly enough, there is yet another version of the poster artwork on page two of the story.

I have never seen the movie, Underwater. I googled it and came up with a clip on the TCM website. For curiosity's sake, if it becomes available to me I'll catch it.


DEMiller said...

Reminds me Jacqueline Bisset in "The Deep". Maybe it was inspired by this movie with the great Jane Russell!

Postino said...

Dave, I remember there was a lot of hoopla around The Deep also that had to do with Jackie Bissett's boobs. It seems a natural to put beautiful girls underwater.

Kirk said...

I've seen the movie. Russell looked good in a bathing suit, of course, but it was otherwise routine.

Postino said...

Thanks, Kirk.