1988’s “And God Created Woman” starred the daughter of right-wing TV host Wally George

By on October 16, 2018

On March 12, 1988, during “Night Flight Goes to the Movies,” we were introduced to Roger Vadim‘s forgettable-yet-forgivable remake of And God Created Woman, starring Rebecca DeMornay, who also happened to be the daughter of bloviating TV talk show host and right-wing nutjob Wally George.

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By the mid-’80s, French director/producer/actor Roger Vadim was struggling to reach an American filmgoing audience.

His last real success had been the 1968 futuristic sci-fi space sex romp, Barbarella, which had starred a scantily-clad Jane Fonda (his wife from 1965-1973).

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Vadim — who also directed one of Night Flight’s favorite early ’70s films, 1971’s Pretty Maids All in a Row — was working mostly in television, but on March 2, 1987, he began production on a brand new And God Created Woman, which had been his directorial debut in 1956.

The French-language film helped establish then-wife Brigitte Bardot’s “sex kitten” persona, making her an overnight success and beauty icon around the globe.

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1988’s And God Created Woman stars Rebecca De Mornay, who was on a hot streak after her breakthrough role as the call girl “Lana” in 1983’s Risky Business, starring Tom Cruise.

She’d also appeared in Andrei Konchalovsky’s Runaway Train, and acted with Oscar-winning actress Geraldine Page in The Trip to Bountiful.

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De Mornay  plays prison inmate “Robin Shea,” who dreams of performing her terrible hard-rock songs (Night Flight fave Diane Lane was also considered for the role).

The first film’s locale — the French Riviera coastal town of Saint-Tropez — was moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Robin is serving time for car theft at New Mexico State Penitentiary.

She escapes from the prison, hitching a limo ride with New Mexico gubernatorial candidate, “James Tiernan” (Frank Langella), who is visiting the prison as part of his campaign, but he insists she return to serve her sentence.

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While she’s changing back into her prison duds, she meets a handsome carpenter named “Billy Moran” (Vincent Spano), who is doing handyman-type repairs in the prison gym. Since she’s only wearing sweatsocks and sneakers, one thing naturally leads to another.

Eventually, Robin convinces Billy to marry her, hoping that she can win her parole. They get married, but then she refuses to sleep with him again, which kinda pisses Billy off, naturally.

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And God Created Woman opened in theaters across in the U.S. on March 4, 1988, about a week before our “Night Flight Goes to the Movies” episode aired.

Unfortunately for Vadim, the film was a commercial and critical flop, and it was to be his last real attempt at directing features. He returned to France, lensing TV films until his death in 2000.

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Gary Grubbs (as “Rupert Willis,” Robin’s parole officer), De Mornay and director Roger Vadim

Read more about Rebecca De Mornay’s father below.

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On every episode of “Hot Seat,” mercurial host Wally George managed to strike the famous pose of one of his favorite presidents, Richard Nixon (photo by Gary Leonard)

One of the more interesting bits of trivia about Rebecca De Mornay — born Rebecca Jane Pearch on August 29, 1959 — is that her father is bombastically rude conservative TV talk show host Wally George (b. George Walter Pearch on Dec. 4, 1931).

George hosted the long-running cable-access TV show “Hot Seat,” which aired in Southern California on KDOC (Channel 56), an independent TV station based in your humble author’s hometown of Anaheim.

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George — who likely earned his nickname “Old Yeller” when he was still a disc jockey in Glendale, CA — was a devout Ronald Reagan-supporter.

He’d also been a producer and co-host of KCOP’s “The Sam Yorty Show,” featuring his political mentor, L.A.’s then-Mayor Sam Yorty.

George was eventually given his own talk show in 1979, later moving “Hot Seat” to KDOC, the first episode airing on Saturday, July 16, 1983 at eleven o’clock PM.

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George — who called himself the “Father of Combat TV” in his 1999 autobiography — liked to berate and scold his liberal-leaning guests, spittle flying from his snarling lips as yelled “Moron!” and “Idiot!”

Within a year, KDOC’s studio audience was filled with his deplorable followers, right-wing college frat boys and asshole jocks waving the American flag and chanting “USA!” and “Wally!” “Wally!” at full volume.

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George really hated Hollywood liberals, so they were his frequent guests so he could insult them to their faces, often jumping out of his chair to get in their faces.

We wonder how much of this had to do with his estranged daughter’s acting success. She apparently rarely spoke to him for most of her life (she was five when she and her mother moved Europe, returning when she was eighteen).

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Much like President Trump, George was also follicley-challenged, but he not only wore a tow-headed combover toupée, he helped advertise it!

George was so popular for a time (by the mid-80s) that Johnny Carson — a much-more-famous late night TV talk show host — once called him “the William F. Buckley of the cockfighting set.”

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In 1992, George finally stopped doing live shows, and KDOC began airing re-runs, eventually packaging them into “Hot Seat Highlights” episodes.

He didn’t make much money hosting his show, filing for bankruptcy in 1999 (he’d also been married and divorced at least four times, though some sources claim it was six).

When George died of pneumonia in 2003, at age 71, the local Orange County Register reported that he lived alone in a modest Garden Grove apartment, “the owner of four sports coats, five pairs of slacks and three pairs of shoes.”

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About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.