So it’s farewell to 2017 and I leave with another obscure name which intrigued me.
VOLDEMAR VETLUGUIN was the Russian born producer of one of my favorite films, EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE.
And he also produced Lana Turner’s A LIFE OF HER OWN.
Both films within a two year period, 1949/1950.
Information on this writer/producer is sparse.
He was a writer and associate editor at REDBOOK magazine from 1933 to 1943. He then joined MGM and was at some point head of the MGM story dept. I don’t know whether he actually wrote any screenplays.
This may be a picture of Mr. Vetluguin.
In 1939, author Margaret Mitchell wrote to Vetluguin at Redbook, concerning an article he intended writing about GONE WITH THE WIND. Ms Mitchell apologised for spelling his name wrong.
During the filming of East Side, West Side, Vetluguin met and married BEVERLY MICHAELS ( who has a small but memorable part in the movie.) He was 54 , Beverly was 21. They were divorced in 1952 and he died a year later.
Which gets me onto the subject of Beverly Michaels who only made a handful of films . After making BLONDE BAIT in the Uk in 1956, Beverly retired from the screen and declined all interviews.
I’ve just watched Blonde Bait on YouTube and have discovered some interesting facts about it.
The film was called WOMEN WITHOUT MEN in Britain, but before it was released as Blonde Bait in America, major changes were made to the plot and 4 American actors filmed new scenes.
From the British version, PAUL CARPENTER was replaced by JIM DAVIS.
RICHARD TRAVIS, Paul CAVANAUGH and HARRY LAUTER were added to the cast.
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to see Women Without Men. It would be interesting to compare them.
In Blonde Bait, Beverly Michaels is overshadowed by the British cast led by THORA HIRD and JOAN RICE . All three are in prison but an escape is arranged so that Beverly’s character can meet up with her boyfriend (Jim Davis) who is wanted in the States. I enjoyed it though Beverly was disappointing in the lead.
I presume the new scenes were filmed in America.
I didn’t know that Beverly had been chosen by director HUGO HAAS for two of his films – PICKUP and THE GIRL ON THE BRIDGE, both of which I want to see.
Haas then decided to use CLEO MOORE in his subsequent films.
Beverly married writer/director RUSSELL ROUSE in 1955 and they remained together until his death in 1987 .
Rouse directed Beverly in WICKED WOMAN which I saw recently and enjoyed – probably Beverly’s best film.
(Rouse co- wrote DOA and directed THE FASTEST GUN ALIVE and NEW YORK CONFIDENTIAL.)
Any further information on Mr. Vetluguin would be welcomed.
A very Happy New Year to everyone. 🎉🎊