Fantasy Island: Lee & Lyon

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Michelle Lee & Sue Lyon on FANTASY ISLAND

Michelle Lee would soon be connected to a nighttime soap called KNOTS LANDING, a suburban spin-off from DALLAS, the latter which premiered the same year as this 1978 episode from the first season of FANTASY ISLAND in which Lee, Sue Lyon, Hilary Thompson & Pamela Franklin play former cheerleaders being stalked by a mysterious killer… Here we’re skipping ahead to the farewell shot showing two pretty actresses, one about to catapult a career and the other ready to end it…

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Towing Sue Lyon

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Sue Lyon

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He’s not doing what it looks like he’s doing

In one of the most  obscure and impossible to locate television movies ever… or at least of the ones featuring Sue Lyon… TOWING, about barmaids trying to stop car thieves using tow trucks, is on top of that list… Thankfully we got a few captures of one promotional scene where the camera pans forward on Sue and her boyfriend rested on her lap, both listening to jazzy elevator music… Hopefully, in the future, we can find more captures, and the movie itself…

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Sue Lyon plays Lynn in TOWING

 

Lolita Media Captures

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Sue Lyon promotes LOLITA

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Sue Lyon with James Mason

A pic taken from a French interview with Sue Lyon about LOLITA and another from the premiere night with co-star James Mason… The fact it looks like Sue has a suntan is the poor quality of the video… The pics being rare, we cleaned them up for the Cage as best we could…

 

Fantasy Island: Pour Me

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Sue Lyon & Pamela Franklin on FANTASY ISLAND

By 1978, both Sue Lyon and Pamela Frankliln had careers that were nearing an end. A shame since the former teen starlets were still beautiful and talented, each having appeared in an eclectic mix of cult and mainstream flicks and TV shows since the 1960’s. Franklin, a British actress, made ground in projects ranging from FLIPPER to cinematic ventures such as NECROMANCY, LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE and FOOD OF THE GODS. While Lyon fed on even more genuinely obscure exploitation flicks in the disco era. And it’s nice seeing Pam and Sue playing former cheerleaders on FANTASY ISLAND from the first season… As a nightmarish stalker-threat mounts, for some reason, Franklin is all smiles, while Lyon’s character simply needs a drink… So here’s to both of you!

Young Lyon: Angle Three

Sue Lyon on THE LORETTA YOUNG SHOW

One more in our barrage of face pics of Sue Lyon in her very first appearance to audiences in 1959 on THE LORETTA YOUNG SHOW, where Sue plays a high school girl named Laurie who accuses a friendly foreign teacher of making wrongful advances after class… Which is never shown… These pictures dispay a range of expressions while Laurie is being politely interrogated by the faculty, who all have a feeling of the teacher’s innocence…

Dennis The Menace: Valentine Lyon

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Joseph Kearns with Sue Lyon

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Sue Lyon on DENNIS THE MENACE

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Sue Lyon circa 1960

A year after our last post centering on THE LORETTA YOUNG SHOW, we have Sue Lyon’s second television role before breaking out on the big screen in Stanley Kubrick’s LOLITA… On DENNIS THE MENACE, the episode titled Miss Cathcart’s Sunsuit, Sue’s character, Tina, is one of many kids who are, for some reason, desperately seeking a Valentine’s Day Card from the chagrined Mr. Wilson…

Young Lyon: Angle Two

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Sue Lyon on THE LORETTA YOUNG SHOW

Second photo of SUE LYON from 1959, three years before LOLITA made her a star on an episode of THE LORETTA YOUNG SHOW where Lynn’s flirtatious schoolgirl lies about a middle-age teacher making advances after class… On the episode, we only see before and after: Lyon’s Laurie during class, and then being questioned at a private hearing, the scene where all these pics are taken…