What do you get when you combine Rosalind Russel and King Lear? You get Rosie! The 1967 comedy/drama Produced by veteran Ross Hunter and starring Russell as the matriarch of a family who has an unusual way of doing things. She wants to buy an old vaudeville theater to save it from the wrecking ball. Her granddaughter (Sandra Dee) is all for it but her daughters (Audry Meadows and Vanessa Brown) and son-in-law (Leslie Nielsen) are dead set against dissipating their future inheritance, and take measures to make sure it doesn't happen.
The betrayal of a figure head by their children is a powerful story whether its a medieval monarch or a mod matriarch. What starts out as a fun romp through a sexagenarian's last fling at life - driving recklessly, wearing outlandish clothes, standing on her head - turns suddenly dark with an oppressed Russell held captive in an insane asylum. Her realization of what's happened to her results in a powerful dramatic scene as only Roz could do it. The end is a little loopy, but it's worth it for the fun of the rest of the film. Look for a young James Farentino as Sandra Dee's love interest. The poster above is available at MoviePosterShop.com.
There is no footage of this one on YouTube, but if you're obsessed by it, it can frequently be found on iOffer.com.
Obscurity factor: 10 (no DVD or VHS, Rarely screened on television, no footage on YouTube)