Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Shirley Maclaine in Shirley MacLaine at the Lido (1979)

After posting Shirley's World my friend Michael Stever put me on to this over-the-top special. It was produced for the then fledgling HBO and features Shirley MacLaine as the headlining talent at the Lido nightclub in Paris. Joining her are Tom Jones and Charles Aznavour and the spectacular Lido dancers. They go through numerous routines featuring feathers, sequins, enormous head dresses, high kicks and bare breasts, as well as dramatic readings, disco and mime. It's great to see Shirley kick up her heels and the ensemble numbers are beautifully staged.

This special has yet to be released on DVD, however you can find it in full (almost - part 4 is missing) on YouTube, thanks to an upload by roderickplatinum86, and on iOffer.com.

Obscurity factor: 10 (not on DVD, available on YouTube, almost completely forgotten)


  1. Shirley channels HERSELF. I think that's it. She's authentic and honestly one hundred percent Shirley Maclaine. She's all of us in one person. wow. that's heavy. LOL

  2. Yes, that's a good analysis - she doesn't hold anything back...