Mary Costa

  1. Kim Novak, 5 Against The House, 1954.     Jack Finney’s 5 Against the House – everything about his name and that title sounded… so cool! Exactly why director Frank Tashlin wanted to male the heist number as as break from his comedies – with his wife, Costa, as a torch singer on fire. Costa merely burned as Kim’ got ther gig (her third) because Columbia’s astute if loathed boss, Harry Cohn, was pushing his new Hayworth in the old Hayworth’s spots. Future Oscar-winner Stirling Silliphant’s first script – obvious seed for Ocean’s 11, just five years later!


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