SOME DOVES AND PYTHONS by Summer Locke-Elliott


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It's so Tab-ish. So je ne sais quoi."" Quoi is easily reducible to exasperating, enervating, charming. And Tab is Tabitha Wane. She's an agent and she collects and connects talent-- producers, stars, writers. Elliott's portrait of this lady is knowledgeable (he was a television script writer) and it's all done in the Mar-velous, Mad-dening language skill of the medium-- sort of an uninterrupted coo of Dar-lings dropped and loaded with hostility. The script itself is a little sketchy, mostly dealing with Tabitha's dove-coterie: her assistant, Barney Wane, an emasculated retainer; film star Harvey Schotter and his overwhelming wife; Ronnie Sands, a song writer; her ex-husband, Cene; her current lover, Alex, an architect. During the course of a long, large party, several defections take place: the Schotters, Barney Wane; Alex. And Tabitha, in a passing moment of woebegone recognition, realizes she's alone.... There's none of the pleasant sentiment of Careful. He Might Hear You (1963) but Mr. Locke-Elliott's ear is good and he has managed to tape the quintessential elegance and bitchiness of this milieu. An entertainment world entertainment

Pub Date: Feb. 28th, 1965
Publisher: Harper & Row