1946 – Subtle Sam
After a short hiatus from the public eye, Subtle Sam attempted to build upon his career as a film producer and writer. He invested into his new script Happily Ever After, but couldn’t secure the fashion icon Linda Applestein in the lead role. Subtle Sam pulled the project completely, and subsequently sold the script to a small production company.
Seeing promise in the script, veteran director Antonio Shalibri pulled some strings with some heavy investors. The project generated enough buzz to capture the eye of Linda Applestein’s booking agency, and the model agreed to do the film. Subtle Sam’s dream of Happily Ever After had finally become a reality! The film achieved mainstream success thanks to the director’s choice of casting leading man Joshua Phoenix, a millionaire astrophysicist and part-time ski instructor. The natural chemistry between Applestein and Phoenix is undeniable, especially during the long passionate embraces.
Following the movie’s success, Subtle Sam made enough money to produce his debut album Subtle Sam Sings The Blues. He began working on the album shortly after Applestein and Phoenix announced their engagement.
On Subtle Sam Sings The Blues we hear a different side to Subtle Sam. This Subtle Sam is yearning, displaying an outspoken ache for something more than he has, to live “Ever After Happily”. Little is known about the context of the album, but the record got many reviews for being “remarkably earnest and suitably pathetic”, resulting in a series of successful down-tempo country blues albums from the artist over the following decade.
Interesting Fact: Subtle Sam did not attend the Applestein/Phoenix wedding. Reports say that on the day of the ceremony, Subtle Sam was rushed to hospital when he was discovered floating face down in a river, clutching a toaster. When the doctors managed to bring Subtle Sam to consciousness, his first words were “Well… that sure didn’t work.”