The Deceiving Looker

JULIE LONDON is supposed to be shy and retiring homebody. Then she gets in front of a microphone and a big band, as she will at 9:30 p. m. Friday on Channel 9 in the WGN special An Evening with Julie London, and it's easy to forget how reticent she really is. Almost the whole half hour is throaty lyrics, brass, sequins, and extroversion.

The show makes it hard to believe her biographers, who also will tell you that Julie is a good cook and is rearing five children and practically had to be shoved into a show business career. This is all true, of course.

On camera, tho, there is that wicked, curling mouth-bright red lips and white teeth on the color screen-winding around the lyrics in "St. Louis Blues" and "Kansas City." Julie isn't shy at all when she sings "Daddy" to a balding man in the front row.

Bobby Troupe --- composer, singer, jazz musician, and Julie London's husband – sings "Yes, Sir, That's My Baby."

But Julie quickly comes back --- brazenly yelling some songs, wickedly whispering others. The Joe Eich Singers, four of them, sometimes have to wail a little to make themselves heard.

Soon it's all over. The show has breezed by in a whirl of gold lame, blue sequin, red velvet, and scarlet lip. She acted as shy as the wallflower at a convention of slapstick comedians.

Julie may trundle off to her home in the Royal Oaks section of north Hollywood after the show. Maybe she'll do some knitting, bake some biscuits, and kiss a child's sore finger. But that's not how she'll look on Channel 9 Friday night.


Chicago Tribune

Saturday - July 3, 1965