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Bernard of Hollywood's Pin-Ups

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You have to admire this disc’s organizing principle — searching by blonds, brunets, and redheads beats the heck out of alphabetical order. But flitting around the 53 stars and starlets on Bernard of Hollywood’s Pin-Ups, I found it more successful when dealing with the long-forgotten starlets of the ’40s and ’50s (where have you been all my life, Ava Norring and Mara Corday?) than with such heavy hitters as Gene Tierney and Marilyn Monroe. The photos reproduced here, ranging from one to a handful per actress, are mostly terrific, and the brief video clips alternate between rote and revelatory (the voluptuous Lily St. Cyr in a scene from 1955’s Son of Sinbad). But the rest of it, including mock newspaper articles and trivia quizzes, seems completely superfluous. I prefer my cheesecake without frosting. B