Beatrice Moore Pons, who are you?

January 28, 1906 : The multi-talented American stage, radio, television and film actress, Beatrice Pons gave us her first shriek, and not the last by any stretch of the imagination!!

Attending college, the young Beatrice had set her sights set on becoming a teacher. Whilst studying, she was introduced to drama via the College Little Theatre and for her first stage performance she was cast as a 60-year-old cockney!! Here, she showed great improvisation by using an accent she created and somehow passing the true London Eastender test.

She was offered the chance of being the leading character in summer stock. But, Bea turned it down because she was going to live in Greenwich Village and also work on her masters degree.  This was to enable her to eventually get the teaching appointment she so cherished. Beatrice obtained all her qualifications and got a job teaching in New Jersey, but the acting bug  resurfaced and soon she was starting to juggle her acting and educating roles.

January 1934:  Obtained her first role on Broadway as Babette, a French coquette, in the three-act play Mahogany Hall. This original drama ran for 21 performances at the Bijou Theatre. “I didn’t know what a coquette was. There was a lot I didn’t know but I feel that innocence must have been the thing that protected me." She would later say about her treading-the-boards debut.

Next up, at the Majestic, for the young Beatrice, was month after month of performances in all kinds of musical operatic dramas penned by the great William Schwenck Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan. Roles included; as part of the ensemble in The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance,  as a bridesmaid in the musical comedy Trial By Jury and finally her dulcet tones were heard to great effect when she was employed in the chorus of HMS Pinafore.

1935 saw her again part of a chorus, at the Imperial Theatre, in the short-lived play called Panic. Also appearing in this drama was an up-and-coming actor named Orson Welles. In June of the same year she joined the company The Robin Hood Players. Good-bye Again was the first production, by the RHP, to feature Beatrice. The Director, and leading actor of the drama, was one Reynolds Evans who acted out the role of Mr Kenneth Bixby, a ladies' club lecturer on tour. Beatrice took the role of Bixby's secretary, sweetheart and guardian angel, all in one. How she managed to save Bixby, with very little assistance from anyone, formed the basis of this uproarious farce. More and more stage work with the "Players" followed. To name just one, she was Sorel, a beautiful but ill-mannered girl, in a production of Noel Coward's supreme farce, Hay Fever. Until her career took a sharp left!!

  1. Beatrice Moore Pons.
    Beatrice Moore Pons.
In the mid 1930s Bea was signed up as a radio network actress, at this time she was still teaching school pupils in New Jersey. She would commute to the radio stations, at Manhattan, via ferry boat. The Goldbergs was one show to take advantage, employing her skills at every opportunity.

With a talent for voices she was now appearing in a nightclub act called, Your Face is Familiar imitating well-known superstars of the age. To revise for her roles she'd use pure nerve by marching into producers’ offices and telling them she wanted to attend their plays so as to study the stars so she could do impressions of them.

”Brilliant" was the verdict of one critic witnessing her sublime mimickry work The routine would include skits as; Yvonne Printemps, the French singer and actress, Elisabeth Bergner the Austro-Hungarian actress, London born actress, Lynn Fontanne, the French singer Lucienne Boyer, comedic performer Beatrice Lillie, and the hugely popular American actress, Helen Hayes.

She was stepping out with the CBS radio announcer/screen narrator David Ross. He had previously been married to Banice Webber with whom he had two children David and Helen. David was born July 7 1891 in New York City. His family was very poor so at a very young age he used to sell  papers to make ends meet. Even so he managed, however to obtain a college education attending the City College of New York. In 1926 he drifted into the world of broadcasting.

One time, when she was doing her night club act of impersonations – she did have had a bad audience. Her partner, David was infuriated by some heckling and after he delivered Bea an ultimatum. "You can marry me or you can do this." he said --- Bea made her choice. The infatuated couple finally got married on October 14th of the year 1937.

David never took her acting seriously although Bea longed to be a great dramatic actress. Then in January of 1938, she was added to the ensemble of the Dick Tracy radio show. Becoming the first woman to be cast on the hit Ned Wever-headlining programme. 

She played exotic-voiced, Tania, on Dick Tracy for some time, whilst also handling every other female role on the show. Her voice was constantly being used well into the 1940s.

Dick Tracy had a long run on radio, from 1934 weekdays on NBC's New England stations to the ABC network in 1948. Bob Burlen was the first radio Tracy in 1934, and others heard in the role during the 1930s and 1940s were Barry Thompson, Matt Crowley and, of course, Ned Wever. The early shows all had 15-minute episodes.

NBC's weekday afternoon run from January 3, 1938 to April 28, 1939 had sound effects by Keene Crockett and was sponsored by Quaker Oats, which brought Dick Tracy into primetime (Saturdays at 7pm and, briefly, Mondays at 8pm) with 30-minute episodes from April 29, 1939 to September 30, 1939. The series returned to 15-minute episodes on the ABC Blue Network from March 15, 1943 to July 16, 1948.

Bea stayed working in radio after Dick Tracy had ended. She carried on playing a veritable host of United Nationsful nationalities. 
  1. David Ross.
    David Ross.
  2. Young Bea.
    Young Bea.
But, when her son, Jonathan, was born she took a sabbatical from all forms of acting. Staying retired for nearly five years and becoming a very caring, professional mother to her new born child. 

Then one day David said to her "some married women can play bridge. If you want, you can act." Only when Jonathan was in kindergarten did she then decide she could act again. So long as it didn’t keep her away from home and her family. Bea worked just enough to keep happy.

She began acting again, mostly in radio soap operas, where her ability with accents came in handy.

April 1951: Her acting skills were put to great use when she appeared on the LIVE television show Big Town. This was in the episode called The Box. Also appearing was the American musician, songwriter, record producer, and actor, Joey Walsh.

In 1952 Bea guest starred in an episode of the Goodyear TV Playhouse called The Twenty-Third Mission. Filmed in New York City, this drama was a thrilling story about a fighter pilot who disappeared over Belgium.

The Goldbergs had been a hugely successful radio show and in 1949 this comedy drama series was made into a TV show, beginning on CBS, until 1951.  It then reappeared on NBC for a season (1952-53) until a final version, broadcasted in syndication, was filmed in 1955 and aired on local stations until 1956. 

This version moved the Goldbergs from the Bronx to the New York suburb of Haverville. Beatrice tried out for a part on the show. It obviously helped, and not hindered, her chances that she was great friends with the star, Gertrude Berg (since working together on the radio version). 

In 1954, Bea popped up as Mrs Glantz. Then a year later, she played Bella in the show called Common Sense and then, in 1956, she returned to guest as the Head nurse in Nurse's Aide.

Beatrice, David and their son Jonathan took part in an interview for the Professional Family Counselling Service. Entitled Speaking of Families the short discussion was conducted by Beth Judson. Here is a sample of that chit chat

"You boys have as much individuality as a string of sausages." Exclaimed David Ross disapprovingly.

Son Jonathan was not impressed, "Gotta have a pink shirt, all the other kids do." Of neckties Jonathan stated, "I need a lot more Jimmy has 25 I have only 7."

This was seen as quite a problem, at this time, the pressure from kids to copy each other. A normal part of growing up. Where do you draw the line? Can you stand your ground? or do parents have to stand firm?  The question was put to Beatrice.

"It's a particularly difficult problem for us. Both my husband and I are strong individuals. We rarely feel compelled to play follow the leader.  Our inclination is to encourage our son to be independent in his thoughts and actions too. On the other hand, we realize he desperately needs to feel he's one of a gang."

But what did she think of the pink shirt craze?  Although she was appalled by the thought of it she bought Jonathan one.  Because, in her reasoning, his need to belong outweighed any adult prejudice.  But more neckties met with a firm NO. She saw that as possession for possession's sake.

"We must face the fact that children have a very real need, to conform to their group and own for our part I think we parents need to be honest and openminded enough to let them do as others do - unless - unless, and this is important - unless, it is contrary to our moral codes and convictions. I have found that in our car if we say NO and stick to our guns it's amazing how children accept your judgement." Beatrice concluded.

September 20, 1955 a date that'll will go down in comedy history.. Why is that? I hear you ask. This day saw the launch on television of possibly the greatest, written and performed, sitcom every made. Namely You'll Never Get Rich (later to be renamed The Phil Silvers Show and also know quite simply as Bilko).

The Nat Hiken-created, Phil Silvers-headlining, show was  destined to win plaudits by the score, including three consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Comedy Series, and became, unarguably, one of the all-time great sitcoms. Across the globe, good judges considered it to be the best comedy ever made.

After the first season was filmed, Harry Clark (Mess Sergeant Stanley Sowici) sadly died, whilst playing four-wall Handball.

Nat Hiken, Phil Silvers and casting expert Kevin Pines began the process of searching for a replacement mess sergeant for the show.

Night Club MC and comic, Joe E. Ross was brought in to play Sergeant Rupert Ritzik now described by Bilko as: 'The Picasso of the pots and pans.' He has been married to Emma for 15 years. He is scared of his wife - especially after a night of gambling with Ernie Bilko.

Beatrice was chosen to play Emma, the long suffering wife of Company Cook, Rupert. Emma was a battleaxe, with a huge temper, who detested anything Ernie Bilko got up to with her husband, especially gambling. She had a tendency to scream very loudly when upset.

  1. Bilko with Emma and Rupert Ritzik.
    Bilko with Emma and Rupert Ritzik.
  2. Emma!
Rupert and Emma made their Bilko show debuts in the classic episode entitled Love That Guardhouse. Here Rupert goes AWOL in the middle of the night. He's sneaked off to Las Vegas after Bilko taunted him about being a bad gambler. In the casino, he bets on double zero on the roulette wheel and wins $1750. When he returns with his winnings the colonel finds out and locks him in the guardhouse to protect the money. The question now, was how to stop the other three sergeants, messers Bilko, Grover and Birch, getting in there with him.

Possibly the most popular Bilko show, that Bea appeared in, was A Mess Sergeant Can't Win. Why not download the audio track (mp3 format) to your PC and judge for yourself.

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During the making of Ritzik Goes Civilian, Bea fell sick yet still carried on filming like the trouper she was! She would keep shrieking and yelling, as Emma Ritzik, until 1959.​​​

"She is a godsend to a comedy director. She succeeds in being funny because she plays these roles seriously." Bilko creator, Nat Hiken.

During the years of filming on the Bilko show, Beatrice still kept her hand in on other drama projects. In 1957 she starred alongside Gertrude Berg (aka Molly Goldberg on the radio) in Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker at Fayetteville Country Playhouse, New York. One critic said Beatrice played a delightful role in her part as the milliner.

1958: Took the part of Danka in the telly play show The United States Steel Hour in the episode called Top Secret Mission. This was a LIVE drama series. Which would prove to be one of the best shows on TV.  Another production filmed quite conveniently in New York.

In May of 1960 Bea trod the boards again as a shrill scolding mother! This was in Bride in the Morning. An award winning play by Hugo Claus which was produced by the Young Playwrights Company at the Maidman Playhouse on 42nd street. Translated from the French by Jean Robbins who herself starred in the drama.

In October of the same year, Bea turned up at the York Playhouse, New York in Valmouth. A musical play by Sandy Wilson, based on a novel by Ronald Firbant. 

This was a British import that had Beatrice acting out the part of a 102-year-old called Grannie Thetis Tooke (a companion of an Indian Mystic named Mrs Yajinavalkya).

Plot: Mrs Yajnavalkya, the exuberant black masseuse, sets up her establishment in Valmouth where the aphrodisiac air ensures longevity for all who breathe it, from the erotic to the exotic, the comical to the incredible. Not surprisingly, therefore, every season brings an influx of regular visitors to this fashionable spa to swell the array of dazzling fantastics, among them the ageing nymphomaniac Lady Parvula. With the help of Mrs Yaj, Lady Parvula tries to seduce the virile young David Tooke who steadfastly rejects her shameless advances, while his sister Thetis imagines herself the bride of Captain Dick Thoroughfare, heir to the wealthy, Catholic, Mrs Hurstpierpoint of Hare Hatch House. But Dick is secretly married to Mrs Yaj's niece Niri-Esther, which he announces on the night of the Centenarians' Ball together with the news that Niri is pregnant. To nearly everyone's horror Mrs Hurstpierpoint welcomes the girl, fancying her as an infidel convert to Catholicism, and organises plans for a wedding and christening presided over by Cardinal Pirelli. But the nuptials are prevented at the eleventh hour by the excommunication of the Cardinal and the total destruction of Valmouth. Only Niri and Mrs Yaj survive and back on their native tropical island Mrs Yaj regrets the passing of Valmouth.

Bea found her singing voice once again in this production. Her lovely tones were required for the tunes;  My Big Best Shoes and I Will Miss You (both accompanied by Bertice Reading as Mrs Vajnanalkaya)

Even though this production only ran for 14 performances, the cast were applauded most appreciatively every night for their sterling efforts.  But many critics found it hard to fathom what the drama was all about!!  Interestingly the set cost a staggering $40,000 to make.

What was next in store for Beatrice?

January 1961: Nat Hiken, the genius behind The Phil Silvers Show,  has sold a comedy series to the advertising agency Proctor & Gamble. To be broadcast this year, initially he has called the show, The Snow Whites.

Hiken hired two Bilko stalwarts to play the lead characters, namely Fred Gwynne and Joe E. Ross. Fred was to play police officer Francis Muldoon, a grown man still living with his mother and Joey was cast as married police officer Gunther Toody.. The question was, who could they get to play his wife Lucille?

Nat Hiken remembered the onscreen chemistry that worked between Beatrice and Joey when they were the Ritziks on the Bilko show. He gave Bea a phone call at her Park Avenue Duplex and asked her to come down to the Biograph studios, East Bronx, and test for the role. Needless to say Beatrice got the part.

When Bea made her production debut, on the four-day-shoot episode called Change Your Partner, the show was now called, by the more familiar, Car 54 Where Are You?

September 17 1961, saw the first episode broadcast, Who's For Swordfish? Of course, Bea was in this show. This was because it was actually made 4th in the series. The first show canned was Something Nice For Sol.

Lucille Toody would be a different character to Emma Ritzik. Not as nasty or mean but more understanding and dare we say a loving woman. Having attended Hunter College she came across as wanting to be more cultured and elegant but found herself more and more having to use her time in dealing with difficult situations created by hubby, Gunther.

Car 54 ran for two laugh-out-in-hysterics seasons with Bea appearing in 33 of the shows.​

These were (in broadcast order):

Who's For Swordfish?,
Home Sweet Sing Sing,
Change Your Partner,
Muldoon's Star,
Love Finds Muldoon,
The Gypsy Curse,
Thirty Days Notice, Catch Me On The Paar Show,
The Taming Of Lucille,
Christmas At The 53rd,
The Sacrifice, Toody's Paradise,
Toody And The Art World,
What Happened To Thursday?,
How Smart Can You Get?,
The Beast Who Walked The Bronx,
The Courtship Of Sylvia Schnauser,
Quiet! We're Thinking,
I Love Lucille, One Sleepy People,
A Man Is Not An Ox,
Toody And Muldoon Sing Along With Mitch,
That's Show Business, 
I Hate Captain Block,
A Star Is Born In The Bronx,
142 Tickets On The Aisle,
Stop, Thief!,
The Presidential Itch,
Here We Go Again,
The Star Boarder,
The Biggest Day Of The Year,
I've Been Here Before, Lucille Is Forty,

  1. Beatrice in I Love Lucille.
    Beatrice in I Love Lucille.
  2. Home: 829 Park Avenue Luxurious apartment block.
    Home: 829 Park Avenue Luxurious apartment block.
In one memorable episode, I Love Lucille, after being neglected by Gunther. Lucille Toody had a makeover and turned herself into a peroxide blonde. This was a personal fave episode of Bea....she had spent her entire career wanting to be a dramatic, glamorous and mysterious actress. Of the show Bea said this, "She goes out and has her hair bleached, and wears big fake eyelashes and a dress with sequins, to lure him back. You don't know how I reveled in this script. I have a bunch of still pictures of me in that glamorous outfit. The pictures are the pride of my life."​

Nat Hiken had first used the shouting-out-the-window-at-the-top-of-your-voice skit way back for a comedy variety show involving Bert Lahr. The ex Wizard of Oz, cowardly lion would yell to the passing world, "Eat your heart out!" - Because he thought his wife was so beautiful.

This routine was later used on the Bilko show as well. Beatrice, as Emma Ritzik, would threaten to scream out of the window loudly when things weren't going her way.

Beatrice said she did more housework on the Car 54 show than she did in real life. Her Park Avenue duplex was run for her by an English housekeeper who formerly worked for the Duke of Bedford.

"If I appear in public without curlers and I don't start shrieking at the top of my lungs, everyone is disappointed." Bea said in 1962.

The doors closed on the 53rd Precinct in 1963.

In late 1963, at the Music Box Theatre, Bea was called upon to learn the parts, and understudy the roles, of the characters Rose Garfield & Sally Jordan for a one-off performance of the comedy play Have I Got a Girl for You!  This production was set in the Garfield apartment in the Bronx and Fremont High School on New York's East Side.

In her later years, she began appearing in films. In 1964 Bea made her big screen debut, as a Bachelorette called Thelma, in the comedy Diary of a Bachelor.  Filmed on location in New York, the plot revolved around a character called Skip O’Hara (William Traylor) and his affairs with numerous women. Also in the cast was a familiar face from Car 54,  Mickey Deems.

Back on the small screen she popped up as Mrs. Radnitz in The Nurses (show called So Some Girls Play the Cello).

1965: Features alongside Peg Lynch, of the Ethel and Albert television series, in a public relations film Miracle of Your House.

Lands a role as a switchboard operator in the French film Le Gendarme à New Yorez. Although she seems to be missing from the credits.

  1. Switchboard operator in the French film Le Gendarme à New Yorez.
    Switchboard operator in the French film Le Gendarme à New Yorez.
May 1966: At the Eighty-First Street Theatre appears as the gossip, Madame Popyatnik, in Isaac Babel's acclaimed Odessa-set drama Sunset.

Virginia, October 17, 1966: At the Mary Washington College - for their Little Concert series productions. Bea joins the cast in The Three Tabards of Shakespeare a presentation of scenes from the great English playwright.

Phillip Lawrence a Shakespeare authority, actor and director, headed the cast of five in performing well known comedies, tragedies and histories. These concerts were run by the American Colleges Arts Program. No admission fees were charged.

Scenes included were from such plays as Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Julius Caesar and Henry V. The music, with period Madrigal, was provided by John Mitchell Peel. In addition to Beatrice, John and Phillip the cast was made up by celebrated actor Douglas Marland and Sharon Laughlin.

Brooklyn Academy of Music Hall 1967: Bea joined husband, David Ross, in the cast of A Short Story This production was based on the work of Sholem Aleichem. The ensemble Included Norman Kruger, Will Lee and Zelda Lerner (who also directed).

The Jewish Community Center, Syracuse, New York City, November 1967: Along with Zelda Lerner, Bea presented a night of classic Yiddish contempory theatre with songs from Fiddler on the Roof and a sketch called The Immoralist featured. Along with other Yiddish classics and folk tunes.

1968: Bea gets the chance to work with the screen legend that was, Paul Newman.  This was in the movie called Rachel, Rachel The plot revolved around a 35-year-old spinster schoolteacher called Rachel Cameron (Newman's wife Joanne Woodward) and her summer spent in a small town in Connecticut. Rachel lives there with her ill-tempered, dominating mother. Newman keeps the camera on Joanne Woodward’s lovely face throughout. It is a movie of close-ups.

A friend said to Newman, after seeing the film, that it was like looking through his wallet. Interestingly, the great Mr Newman directed and produced the film but he did not star in it. The movie was Nominated for four Oscars (Best Actress, Joanne Woodward, Best Supporting for Estelle Parsons, Best Picture, Best Writing),

Brooks Atkinson Theatre New York City, January 1970: Paris is Out! By Richard Self produced by David Black in association with Donald J. Trump. Here, Beatrice was on immediate standby for Molly Picon (Mrs Bronson in Car 54) as Hortense Brand and she was also called, if needed, to step in for the role of Hattie Fields if Dorothy Sands ever cried off.

By the early 1970s, it seemed Bea had spent 99% of her acting career in and around the Big Apple, she had even enroled with the New York Rooftop Players. Promptly joining them on their nationwide North American Theatre League "Bus & Truck Tour" adaption of a hugely successful Broadway musical play.

That production, by Joseph Stein, was Fiddler On The Roof and Bea would be playing the part of Yente, the gossipy village matchmaker.

Joining her, in the cast, were; Nina Miller as Golde, Bob Carroll as Tevye, Thomas Stanton as the Fiddler, with Nancy Trumbe, Nancy Tompkins, Alex Van Riper, Judy Noble, Melanie Lerner, Bill Oransky, Crass Barrientez, Merrill W. Plaskow, Stan Early, David Masters, Stanley Debel, Joyce Martin, James Cade, Dennis Hearn, Marilyn Hudgins, Arnold Mader, Baruch Bium, Brian McAnally and a familiar face from her Bilko days, one Maurice Brenner.

For anyone who had seen the Broadway play, or the movie, or even heard the great soundtrack. This production had to reach a high level just to hold its own compared with those superb works.

  1. Bob Carroll as Tevye.
    Bob Carroll as Tevye.
On first impressions, Bob Carroll was not a Zero Mostel or Topol. He lacked the nuances of voice that those two legends added to the character of Tevye. He didn't think "kosher" enough. But, on the other hand, once preconceived ideas are scratched, Bob's portrayal was excellent.  He played the character in his own way and, more importantly, was the best singer of all the previous "dairymen".

Nine Miller as Golde surely won the war against the soundtrack singers. As the sometimes loveable, but readily shrewish wife of Tevye, she added great depth to a part that previous actresses had made unmemorable.

How did Bea fare as Yente, the matchmaker?  All critics said she was another winner.  Going on to state that a carbon copy should be made of her performance and mailed to all the different assorted stereotyped matchmaker roles in all the different productions of Fiddler On The Roof. Her acting was solid and she was a standout throughout.

It would have been almost impossible to pick out any one outstanding individual --- the entire cast was superlative, and it would have been an injustice to miss a name.

What did deserve special praise, however, was the choreography. The word to describe it was: Wow.  The Russian dance sequences were sublimely fantastic.

The only thing missing was Isaac Stern performing as solo violinist. The show was that good!!

By the end of 1974 the production had vplayed in 68 US cities!!

Music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Original Direction by Jerome Robbins reproduced by Richard Altman. Original Choreography reproduced by Diana Baffa. Associate Producer, James Janek; Musical Director, Phillip Parnes; Production Supervisor, Roger Franklin; Lighting, Jeff Davis; Presentation, Tom Mallow.

1975: Still residing at 829 Park Avenue. This year proved a sad one for Beatrice. On November 1, her cherished husband, David, died of a heart attack at Lenox Hill Hospital he was 84 years old.

Nearly five years later and Beatrice seems to have reinvented herself.

1980: Never afraid of a challenge, Bea appears in a cult movie called Mothers Day. About a psychotic, frail mother (Beatrice) and her two fully grown boys, Ike (Holden McGuire) and Addley (Billy I Ray McQuade), who are all living in rural, inbred squalor in the Garden state of New Jersey.

  1. Poster girl!
    Poster girl!
Interestingly Beatrice chose to be billed as Rose Ross for her role in this film. When interviewed in 2009, co-star Nancy Hendrickson said this about the incognito Bea, "Since she's passed away now and the statute of limitations is up, I think her true identity can be revealed without getting her in any trouble with the Screen Actors Guild."

This "flick" was directed by Charles Kaufman, the brother of Z-Movie producer and founder of Troma Lloyd Kaufman (Lloyd also received a producer credit and sister Susan got a credit too for production design).

Tthree women, Abbey (Nancy Hendrickson), Jackie (Deborah Luce), and Trina (Tiana Pierce), get together each year and go on a camping trip. Once while setting their vacation up in the woods, they find their trip turns into their worst nightmare when they are captured by a group of two partially insane punk/"hillbilly" hybrids: Ike (Holdem McGuire) and Addley (Billy Ray McQuade). The hybrids have a comfortable life, living along with their mentally abnormal mother (Beatrice) in an occult hovel situated amidst the wood. All through the movie, their mother goads her sons into acts of rape, violence, and murder. Eventually one of the women is severely brutalized by Ike and Addley, and the remaining two escape before the first dies from her sustained injuries.

Mother's Day was a pretty repulsive movie, but therein lies its effectiveness. It succeeded at making the audience despise its characters, their actions, and the environment in which they exist. It's not the perfect Horror movie -- not by a long shot -- but it was pretty good at what it does, and the audience felt dirty, beaten, and worn out by film's end.

The film was so horrific that it was rejected by the British Board of Film Classification who banned it from distribution. It has still not received a DVD release in the UK. 

In September of 2012, Anchor Bay released it on Bluray disk format with a stable, sometimes dazzling, 1080p transfer. 

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1982: Shooting began on the movie Rent Control a comedy romance film starring Brent Spiner and directed by Italian director Gian Luigi Polidoro. Here a wannabe TV writer, tries to find an apartment on the cheap for his estranged wife and daughter so that they can be a family unit once more. Beatrice took the role of Mrs Junger. The flick was not put on general release until 1984.

January 8 to February 20, 1983:  At 92nd Street, the American Jewish Theatre staged Robert Shaw's The Man in the Glass Booth.

A Jewish multimillionaire poses as a Nazi war criminal so that he may be put on trial in Israel and give the Jewish people a face on which to project their fantasies of the most vicious, unrepentant Nazi imaginable.

As well as Bea, in the role of Mrs. Lemann, other cast members included; Albert Sinkys, Arthur Burns, Frank Anderson,Win Atkins, David Perrine, Tamara Reed and Vera Lockwood. 

1987 saw Bea in her final movie role, and fittingly it was set in New York!!

Here in the movie Forever, Lulu (later renamed Crazy Streets in some countries) she had a 50 second cameo appearance as Madam Estrela, a mystic and fortune teller.  Bea showed all her expertise with voices yet again even at the grand age of 81.

This movie featured an appearance by Deborah Harry and was Alec Baldwin's first screen appearance.

  1. Hanna Schygulla with Beatrice.
    Hanna Schygulla with Beatrice.
Final screen appearance of Beatrice Pons - Download
Sadly in June 1991, Beatrice Pons ----- a woman who gave unbelievable enjoyment to millions ---- passed away in her beloved New York.

"I'm a chatterbox. I've always been a chatterbox. Even my husband sometimes says, 'Wouldn't it be nice if you just sat quiet for a while?' I'm talking too much right now, aren't I?  I'm also talking too fast, aren't I? I talk very fast, but even so, it's always legible."  

Beatrice Pons we don't care how much, or how fast you talked, we loved everything you did. Thanks Bea!!