Early Star Vehicles

Every actor has to start at the bottom, taking every role they can just for the exposure, experience and education within their craft. This week on MovieZoot.com we feature four such movies that provided an early platform for future big-time movie stars including Jack Nicholson in 1960’s original The Little Shop of Horrors; Jane Russell in 1943’s The Outlaw; Alec Baldwin and rock’s Deborah Harry in 1987’s Crazy Streets also known as Forever LuLu; and Sandra Bullock – America’s Sweetheart – in 1987’s Hangmen.

So, sit back and watch some of today’s icons pay their dues in the movie-making business. These actors have come a long way, baby!

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The Little Shop of Horrors

The Little Shop of Horrors is the original 1960 black & white Roger Corman comedy/horror film starring Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Mel Wells and Jack Nicholson telling the story of a magical – if deadly – flower shop, and the central character of the story – a plant named Audrey, Jr. that demands fresh human blood for food! Nicholson has a brief cameo role as a masochistic dental patient.

The Outlaw

The Outlaw is the 1943 black & white western produced and directed by Howard Hughes (along with uncredited director Howard Hawks) debuting Jane Russell in her break-out role as a horse thief that get raped by her victim – Billy the Kid. Of course there is more to the story, but this is the moment when all of the world is exposed to the curvaceous beauty of Jane Russell – Howard Hughes’ arm-candy of the moment!

Crazy Streets

Crazy Streets (also known as Forever LuLu) is the 1987 Amos Kollek comedy/mystery film starring Alec Baldwin, Deborah Harry Hanna Schygulla and Annie Golden where a beautiful novelist (Harry) gets involved with the violent crime underworld in New York and becomes a target. Baldwin’s cop character pursues her killers.


Hangmen is the 1987 Christian Invordsen action/adventure movie debuting Sandra Bullock and starring Rick Washburn, Dog Thomas and Keith Bogart in which the assassin of a U.S. Senator is responsible for responding to the incident accidentally kills several innocent bystanders with the team during the operation. Because of her later success, Sandra Bullocks roll – pretty much as an ‘extra’ is highlighted on the movie promotions as interest in her career grew with her later successes.