@24 year old Remick
When a movie character evokes the kind of feelings and emotion thought only possible in real life you can’t help but wonder. Yet as a young man I literally fell in love with Carol Garth Baldwin in Eli Kazan’s Wild River. Obviously you can’t help but be attracted to the beautiful Lee Remick yet it is her portrayal of a 23 year old widowed mother of two and the backdrop of this obscure little Tennessee town that sets the stage for one of the true loves of my life. Jack Palance’s character in City Slickers refers to a women he saw only once at a distance as being the love of his life and to this I can relate.
Remick would go on and do some notable work in the years that followed this 1960 production and sadly died much to young of cancer at age 55. Yet what she and Kazan were able to do with this story and character will always hold a place in my heart.
See Wild River, look into Carol’s eyes and smell the cool damp October air in her hair.
For me it will always be hauntingly magical.