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Impossibly Cool | Malibu 1965 in Color

Sep 12th, 2011 | Categories: California, Style, Video, Vintage | by Michael Williams

There’s The Impossible Cool, and then there’s this collection of home movies from Roddy McDowall’s personal archive featuring many an iconic actor and actress enjoying themselves on the California coast. Paul Newman (with his can of Busch beer) is present, as is Jane Fonda (looking exceptionally young and beautiful), Kirk Douglas, Anthony Perkins, Judy Garland and many more of their famous friends who make appearances.

While it is truly amazing to see all of these stars relaxed and having fun with one another, it is also amazing to see what they are wearing. The clothing in these films are incredible. The only branding I noticed during the whole series was a few shots of one perfect red Lacoste polo shirt. A fascinating glimpse into an otherwise private and decidedly stylish life. Thanks to Andy for the tip.

Comments: 22

22 Comments to “Impossibly Cool | Malibu 1965 in Color”

  1. Ramalhoni
    on Sep 12th, 2011
    @ 8:02 AM

    The cool thing about these videos is that they could be today, except the granny panties and the odd hair style, of course!…
    Loved them!…

  2. Andrea
    on Sep 12th, 2011
    @ 10:33 AM

    Newman! What a stud!

  3. Alex Frankel
    on Sep 12th, 2011
    @ 1:39 PM

    Good work Mr. Williams. Threw a link for this in The Standard Relay this morning on The American Classic (click my name to view).

  4. robbie
    on Sep 12th, 2011
    @ 3:56 PM

    There are certain parts I wish weren’t silent. I’d love to know what they’re laughing and carrying on about… guess i’ll have to work on my lip-reading skills.

  5. Ray Hull
    on Sep 12th, 2011
    @ 4:37 PM

    Not so “impossibly cool” as Plausibly Normal! The house looks like any middle-class beach house and the woman walking across the street to the (self-parked and -driven) UNLOCKED Rolls Royce was remarkable…talk about a bygone era….thx.

  6. AFU66
    on Sep 12th, 2011
    @ 4:48 PM

    Looks like Nick & Lenny Dunne in #3 as well…

  7. N. C. Traveler
    on Sep 12th, 2011
    @ 4:55 PM

    …wow!, look at all of the litter in along the beach/water line. It reminds me of a Mad Men episode where the Drapers go on a picnic—when it’s time to leave Betty picks up the picnic blanket, shakes off all of the bottles, cans, paper plates and walks to the car. Never realized that littering was so bad!, especially along the beach in Malibu of all places! Great films!

  8. Martha
    on Sep 12th, 2011
    @ 5:36 PM

    I’m taking up smoking.

  9. pat
    on Sep 13th, 2011
    @ 1:33 AM

    In my college years I used to deliver liquor to many of these folks The biggest change is the houses, the ones in the clips are real beach bungalows. It’s all McMansions now. My friends and I often remark as to how what was good enough for mere actors like Cary Grant or Gary Cooper is not up to snuff for todays Hollywood brats.

  10. anothergloriousbattle
    on Sep 13th, 2011
    @ 7:38 AM

    stripey shorts, polo tees, ringers,chinos,ray bans, cigarettes and Paul Newman looking cool as fuck

  11. Ray
    on Sep 13th, 2011
    @ 9:06 AM

    Very cool, except for Hanoi Jane.

  12. goldie
    on Sep 13th, 2011
    @ 1:33 PM

    Nice to see people chatting, versus immersed in their cellphones.

  13. Steve
    on Sep 13th, 2011
    @ 4:28 PM

    Natalie Wood is the perfect woman

  14. Jared
    on Sep 13th, 2011
    @ 4:30 PM

    Of course, the indomitable Newman is sporting cuts on his face and has his fist wrapped up in that second video. Granted, those (tube?) socks with the loafers are unfortunate, but it’s good to see that he wasn’t perfect after all.

  15. matt
    on Sep 13th, 2011
    @ 7:28 PM

    Natalie Wood was some kind of looker! Man was she hot or what? and nothing fake like today. So tragic she died young….And yes! Paul Newman cool…enuf said.

  16. Dan Smith (London)
    on Sep 14th, 2011
    @ 4:41 AM

    Michael, I thought this may be of interest to you….

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2036932/New-York-City-photos-Charles-W-Cushman-reveal-1940s-life-Big-Apple.html

  17. Rick
    on Sep 14th, 2011
    @ 8:58 PM

    I do believe one of these actors–Mr. Cool Hand is a fraternity brother of yours Michael…great post!

  18. Ryan Hines
    on Sep 15th, 2011
    @ 6:28 PM

    Thanks for posting! One of my friends is the grandson of George Axelrod and he hadn’t seen these until I posted them on his Facebook!

  19. Oscar Udeshi
    on Sep 16th, 2011
    @ 7:35 AM

    Speedo make a red trunk with two white stripes like the one Kirk Douglas has on. Everything comes back.

  20. will
    on Sep 16th, 2011
    @ 4:06 PM

    How about Robert Redford? Incredibly cool.

  21. Kevin
    on Sep 16th, 2011
    @ 8:36 PM

    How refreshing, to see such stylish and cool people being even more cool and stylish by just being themselves.

    Hard to imagine Paul Newman dropping $300 for his swim trunks or Anthony Perkins forking over $200 for his ring-neck T… But damn, they look so cool and the women were so hot. And not a Kardashian in sight…

  22. Sue
    on Sep 20th, 2011
    @ 12:38 PM

    So much smoking/cigarettes!