1970 - Maharlika (USV Arts Productions)
Working title “Ang Mga Maharlika”; re-released to VHS in the 1980s via Nepomuceno Productions as “Guerilla Strike Force” and in
Director Jerry Hopper Screenplay Sy Salkowitz, [uncredited] Ferdinand Marcos Executive Producer Val D'Auvray, [uncredited] Dovie Beams, Ferdinand Marcos Music Restie Umali Cinematography Richard Kelly 2nd Unit Photography Herbert V. Theis Editors Dave Rawlins, John Ellen Sound Mixer Tommy Santos Post-Production Supervisor John B. Clement Makeup Marvin Westmore Special Effects Santos Hilario Assistant Directors Ken Metcalfe, Frank MacLang Production Manager James Cranston
Cast Paul Burke (Bob Reynolds), Farley Granger, Dovie Beams (Isabella), Vic Diaz, Vic Silayan, Rosa Mia, Dindo Fernando, Romeo Rivera, Ernesto La Guardia, Vero Perfecto, Ed Murphy, Linda Martin, Ding Tello, Ching Tello, Ken Metcalfe, Claude Wilson, Bert Laforteza, Barbara Brown, Leslie James, Broderick Crawford (General Hadley)
“Imelda called in family assassin to deal with love rival” by Neil Tweedie, The Telegraph 19 Jun 2001
WHEN an American actress threatened to expose her affair with Ferdinand Marcos, his wife Imelda called in the family assassin to change her mind.
The affair of Dovie Beams was one of the more colourful matters occupying the Foreign Office in 1970, and not the only one involving the world's most voracious consumer of footwear.
Miss Beams's unhappy association with the dictator of the
It lasted until January 1970, when Miss Beams decided to return to
Miss Beams called a press conference, during which she disclosed some of the information she held. The
The dispatch read: "Marcos himself was keeping in the background, but Mrs Marcos instructed that she [Miss Beams] was to be given no money whatever and thrown out of the country.
"She was seen on to the plane by a staff member of the
Mrs Marcos provided more headaches in 1970 when she visited
In the event, the visit passed off well, although the British ambassador in
"Marcos' Lovey Dovie" book at the Resource Books website:
Title: Marcos' Lovey Dovie
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: Good
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall
ISBN Number: 0-918229-00-6 / 9780918229007
Hard-to-find expose on "The Torrid Love Triangle That Shook the World! Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, His Wife Imelda the First Lady, Hollywood Actress Dovie Beams". Includes all the dirt, including transcriptions of "X-Rated Sex Tapes". Illustrated in black and white. Brown boards lettered in gilt, 257 pages plus order form for additional copies, printed dustjacket with a photo of bikini-clad Dovie Beams on the front. Some light edgewear to the covers, good hinges, sound text block, very clean pages free from names or other markings. The mylar protected dustjacket has some edge chips and tiny creases/tears but very little paper loss. A clean and sound copy.
The origins of the name "Maharlika" from the CPCA Brisbane website:
Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the dictator Ferdinand Marcos attempted to foist upon the Filipino people the name Maharlika. In pre–colonial Philippines, maharlika denoted a warrior–noble who belonged to the lower aristocracy and who rendered military service to his lord.4 But Maharlika also happened to be the nom de guerre that Marcos, vaunted to be the most bemedalled Filipino soldier, used as an anti–Japanese guerrilla soldier in World War II. It was also the name of the guerrilla unit that Marcos claimed to have formed and led in World War II and to have grown into a 9,200–strong force in 1945.5 Marcos’ sycophants tried to appeal to the Filipinos’ sense of nationalism, arguing that
Those who took up the cudgels for
The main reason why Maharlika did not pass, however, was that people saw it as Marcos’ ego trip. Some Filipinos recalled with bemusement how Marcos, in pre–martial law days, had attempted to have a film about his war exploits entitled “Maharlika” produced, with Hollywood starlet Dovie Beams playing the part of Marcos’ “leading lady”. (The film was never finished. A scandal broke out when Marcos’ amorous affair with Ms. Beams was exposed.) It wasn’t funny anymore when Marcos decreed Maharlika for exclusive government use and when he had a highway, a government–owned radio–TV company and even the reception area of the presidential residence, among others, all re–christened Maharlika. Some saw something more ulterior and sinister. Reuben R. Canoy warned: “[S]hould the country and its leader be known by one name and the people conditioned to the idea that the President/Prime Minister not only represents but is the state, there may come a time when to assail Marcos would be construed as an attack against the state itself and, therefore, within the purview of treason or any of the crimes against the public order or the stability and security of the nation.”9 (Underscoring Canoy’s.) Even among Marcos’ own supporters, there were only a few outspoken advocates for Maharlika. By the last few years of Marcos’ rule, Maharlika was a lost cause. To cap it all, in 1985, the Maharlika guerrilla unit as well as Marcos’ much–ballyhooed war exploits were exposed as hoaxes or at best exaggerations.10