Shelved for a long time – the $16 million film was actually made in 1986 but sat on the shelf due to a legal dispute – this camp comedy-adventure starred Brooke Shields as the plucky reporter from the comics.
Brenda’s biggest concerns are the outfits she gets to wear (the film is a bit of a fashion show) and the fact that Mike Randall (Tony Peck) – the artist who draws her – insists on giving her purses that are too small for her notebook.
Brenda – who writes for a newspaper known as The Flash in post-World War II New York – has the hots for Basil St James (a pre-007 Timothy Dalton) in all his eye-patched dashing charm. Basil, of course, helps her save the free world.
The chief villains are a gang of incompetent Russian agents (including a bald-headed goofball and a pint-sized cigar-smoking female leader), though also hindering Brenda is the ambitious and vaguely vampish rival reporter Libby “Lips” Lipscomb (Diana Scarwid).
Guest appearances include Eddie Albert as the Police Chief; Charles Durning as Starr’s flamboyant boss Editor Francis I. Livright; Henry Gibson as the obligatory eccentric scientist, and Ed Nelson as the piano-playing American President.
Although seen in cinemas in Europe in 1989, Brenda Starr was not released in the US until 1992, by which time it pretty much went straight to video.
Basil St John
Libby ‘Lips’ Lipscomb
Editor Francis I. Livright
Reporter Hank O’Hare
Cub Reporter Pesky Miller
Police Chief Maloney
Donovan O’Shea (Public Enemy #3)
Mark von Holstein
Professor Gerhardt Von Kreutzer
President Harry S. Truman
Fake Captain Borg
Real Captain Borg
Carlos The Magnificent
Mary Lou Rosato
Robert Ellis Miller