Another Time, Another Place showcases Sean Connery in one of his earliest leading roles. Young and handsome, Connery displays the commanding presence and suave charm he’s brought to over 30 years of memorable films, ranging from the James Bond series to The Untouchables (for which he won an Oscar) to The Hunt For Red October and beyond. Connery plays a World War II BBC newsman torn between two women. Lana Turner portrays the glamorous reporter Connery falls for. Glynis Johns is his devoted wife. And a tragic twist of fate brings these two women together for a climactic confrontation.
During the film’s principal photography in Britain, Connery was confronted by gangster Johnny Stompanato, then-boyfriend of Lana Turner. The jealous man pointed a gun at Connery and warned him to keep away from Turner. Connery answered by grabbing the gun out of Stompanato’s hand and twisting his wrist, causing him to run off the set. After Stompanato’s death, it was rumored that an LA mobster held Connery responsible, forcing him to go into hiding for a short period.
The Cornish fishing village that Lana Turner’s character visits is Polperro. She travels by train and is shown arriving at Looe station (the nearest one to Polperro). The final scene of the film is of her train leaving the station.
Looe railway station still exists but has been much altered since the 1950s.
Lenore Coffee, writer.
Lenore was born in San Francisco in 1896, and was the daughter of Andrew Jackson Coffee Jr. and Ella Muffley.
Coffee attended Dominican College in San Rafael, California. Afterward, she began her career when she answered an ad requesting a screen story for the actress Clara Kimball Young and was awarded a one-year contract at $50 a week.
She was twice nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. The first time was for Street of Chance in 1929/30, adapted from the story by Oliver H. P. Garrett, in collaboration with Howard Estabrook; and the second was with Julius J. Epstein in 1938 for Four Daughters, based on Fannie Hurst’s short story “Sister Act.”
Of the studio system, she is quoted as saying:
“They pick your brains, break your heart, ruin your digestion – and what do you get for it? Nothing but a lousy fortune.”
Coffee wrote many stories related to experiences women faced during her time, yet they were not often met with commercial success. Coffee spent many years with Warner Bros., which she mentions in her autobiography as to being the only female writer. One hit that came out of that is the film Four Daughters, which she co-wrote with Julius J. Epstein.
Outside of the film industry, she wrote a novel, Another Time, Another Place, as well as a play, Family Portrait.
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Coffee was married to writer-director William J. Cowen.
Lana Turner (/ˈlɑːnə/;[a] born Julia Jean Turner; February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995) was an American actress who worked in film, television, theater and radio. Over the course of her nearly 50-year career, she achieved fame as both a pin-up model and a dramatic actress, as well as for her highly publicized personal life. In the mid-1940s, she was one of the highest-paid women in the United States, and one of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer‘s (MGM) biggest stars, with her films earning the studio more than $50 million during her 18-year contract with them. She is frequently cited as a popular culture icon of Hollywood glamour.
Born to working-class parents in northern Idaho, Turner spent her early life there before her family relocated to San Francisco. In 1936, Turner was 15 when she was discovered while purchasing a soda at the Top Hat Malt Shop in Hollywood. At the age of 16, she was signed to a personal contract by Warner Bros. director Mervyn LeRoy, who took her with him when he transferred to MGM in 1938. Turner attracted attention by playing the role of a murder victim in her first film, LeRoy’s They Won’t Forget (1937), and she later transitioned into featured roles, often appearing as an ingénue.
During the early 1940s, Turner established herself as a leading actress and one of MGM’s top performers, appearing in such films as the film noir Johnny Eager (1941); the musical Ziegfeld Girl (1941); the horror film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941); and the romantic war drama Somewhere I’ll Find You (1942), one of several films in which she starred opposite Clark Gable. Turner’s reputation as a glamorous femme fatale was enhanced by her critically acclaimed performance in the film noir The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), a role which established her as a serious dramatic actress. Her popularity continued through the 1950s in dramas such as The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Peyton Place (1957), the latter for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Media controversy surrounded Turner in 1958 when her 14-year-old daughter Cheryl Crane stabbed Turner’s lover Johnny Stompanato to death in their home during a domestic struggle. Turner’s next film, Imitation of Life (1959), proved to be one of the greatest financial successes of her career, and her final starring role in Madame X (1966) earned her a David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actress. Turner spent most of the 1970s and early 1980s in semi-retirement, making her final feature film appearance in 1980. In 1982, she accepted a much-publicized and lucrative recurring guest role in the television series Falcon Crest, which afforded the series notably high ratings. In 1992, Turner was diagnosed with throat cancer and died of the disease three years later at age 74.
1957–1958: Johnny Stompanato homicide
In January 1958, Paramount Pictures released The Lady Takes a Flyer, a romantic comedy in which Turner portrayed a female pilot. While shooting the film the previous spring, she had begun receiving phone calls and flowers on the set from mobster Johnny Stompanato, using the name “John Steele.” Stompanato had close ties to the Los Angeles underworld and gangster Mickey Cohen, which he feared would dissuade her from dating him. Turner claimed she was unsure of how he obtained her phone number, but that she learned in later press that allegedly he collected the phone numbers of various Hollywood actresses, including June Allyson, Anita Ekberg and Zsa Zsa Gabor. He pursued Turner aggressively, sending her various gifts such as vinyl records, an engraved gold watch and a portrait of her that he had commissioned from a local artist. Turner was “thoroughly intrigued” and began casually dating him. After a friend informed her of who Stompanato actually was, she confronted him and tried to break off the affair. Stompanato was not easily deterred, and over the course of the following year, they carried on a relationship filled with violent arguments, physical abuse and repeated reconciliations. Turner would also claim that on one occasion he drugged her and took nude photographs of her while unconscious, potentially to use as blackmail.Turner (center) with ex-husband Steve Crane and mother Mildred at Cheryl’s juvenile court hearing, April 24, 1958
In September 1957, Stompanato visited Turner in London, where she was filming Another Time, Another Place, co-starring Sean Connery. Their meeting was initially happy, but they soon began fighting. Stompanato became suspicious when Turner would not allow him to visit the set and, during one fight, he violently choked her. To avoid further confrontation, Turner and her makeup artist, Del Armstrong, called Scotland Yard in order to have Stompanato deported. Stompanato got wind of the plan and showed up on the set with a gun, threatening her and Connery, whom he warned to keep away from Turner. Connery answered by grabbing the gun out of Stompanato’s hand and twisting his wrist, causing him to run off the set sheepishly. Turner and Armstrong later returned with two Scotland Yard detectives to the rented house where she and Stompanato were staying. The detectives advised Stompanato to leave and escorted him out of the house and to the airport, where he boarded a plane back to the United States.
On the evening of March 26, 1958, Turner attended the Academy Awards to observe her nomination for Peyton Place and present the award for Best Supporting Actor. Stompanato, angered that he did not attend with her, awaited her return home that evening, whereupon he physically assaulted her. Around 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4, Stompanato arrived at Turner’s rented home at 730 North Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills. The two began arguing heatedly in the bedroom, during which Stompanato threatened to kill Turner, her daughter and her mother. Fearing that her mother’s life was in danger, Cheryl, who had been watching television in an adjacent room, grabbed a kitchen knife and ran to Turner’s defense.Turner’s Beverly Hills residence, where Stompanato was killed
According to testimony provided by Turner, Cheryl, who had been listening to the couple’s fight behind the closed door, stabbed Stompanato in the stomach when Turner attempted to usher him out of the bedroom, killing him. Turner testified that she initially believed Cheryl had punched him, but realized he had been stabbed when he collapsed and she saw blood on his shirt.
Because of Turner’s high profile and the fact that the killing involved her teenage daughter, the case quickly became a media sensation. More than 100 reporters and journalists attended the April 12, 1958 inquest, described by attendees as “near-riotous.” After four hours of testimony and approximately 25 minutes of deliberation, the jury deemed the killing a justifiable homicide. Cheryl remained a temporary ward of the court until April 24, when a juvenile court hearing was held, during which the judge expressed concerns over her receiving “proper parental supervision.” She was ultimately released to the care of her grandmother, and was ordered to regularly visit a psychiatrist alongside her parents.
Though Turner and her daughter were exonerated of any wrongdoing, public opinion on the event was varied, with numerous publications intimating that Turner’s testimony at the inquest was a performance; Life magazine published a photo of Turner testifying in court along with stills of her in courtroom scenes from three of her films. The scandal also coincided with the release of Another Time, Another Place, and the film was met with poor box-office receipts and a lackluster critical response. Stompanato’s family in Illinois sought a wrongful death suit of $750,000 in damages against both Turner and her ex-husband, Steve Crane. In the suit, Stompanato’s son alleged that Turner had been responsible for his death, and that her daughter had taken the blame. The suit was settled out of court for a reported $20,000 in May 1962. A 1962 novel by Harold Robbins entitled Where Love Has Gone and its subsequent film adaptation were inspired by the event.