THE STRANGE MRS CRANE 1948

Other titles considered for THE STRANGE MRS. CRANE included “Guilty Woman’ and ‘Beyond Reasonable Doubt’, either of which would have been more suitable.

There’s nothing strange about Mrs Gina Crane (MARJORIE LORD). She’s a former con artist called Jenny Hadley who has married a rich lawyer, Clinton Crane (PIERRE WATKIN) and made a new life for herself. Not that she has changed – money and her new position is society are all that matters . ( Her husband is running for a governorship.)

 

Marjorie Lord

Unfortunately her former partner Floyd Durant (ROBERT SHAYNE) meets up with her again and threatens blackmail .

With only a 60 minute running time, it isn’t long before Mrs.Crane commits murder and an innocent girl (RUTHE BRADY) is charged with the murder.

By sheer coincidence Mrs. Crane is called to jury duty and guess which trial she is assigned to!  And she becomes the jury foreperson.

There’s a slight reference to TWELVE ANGRY MEN when there is one hold-out for a guilty verdict – until Mrs. Crane goes to work.

Unfortunately the  twist at the end of the trial  is predictable.

Also in the cast is MARY GORDON  as the Crane housekeeper.

I think Marie  Windsor or Lizabeth Scott or Audrey Totter  would have been more believable as the murderous Mrs. Crane. Marjorie Lord is lovely but she doesn’t command the screen as any of these three ladies would.

I love catching up with  little ‘B’ films like this, which turn up on You Tube. As long as there enough plot to keep one watching, it’s usually a fast hour!

Pierre Watkin

Robert Shayne

 

Mary Gordon

 

FOREIGN POSTERS 21

The FOREIGN POSTERS thread has been inactive for months, so it’s time for some more. And I only had to look up the translation of 6!

 

 

IN A LONELY PLACE……….BARE NERVES

 

CARSON CITY……….SAGEBRUSH SABOTORS

 

DARK VICTORY……….SUNSET

 

THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD.

 

THE PETRIFIED FOREST.

 

MIDNIGHT LACE………..TRAP AT MIDNIGHT

 

SOULS AT SEA………..SOULS TO THE SEA

 

THE GREAT LIE

 

HIGH NOON………..12 NOON

 

DARK VICTORY……….VICTORY IN THE DARKNESS

A TO Z OF HOLLYWOOD STYLE

I picked up this interesting little book in a charity shop for £1. Published in 2012 from the Victoria and Albert Museum ,the author is Sinty Stemp.

The 160 page book covers all aspects of what constitutes Hollywood style, including costume design, elegance,flapper style, jewellery, makeup; using quotes from the people of Hollywood.

Below are some examples.

 

CARY GRANT:  I was the only one who approved my clothes. Hitchcock trusted me implicitly to select my own wardrobe……generally I wore simple,tasteful clothes – the same kind of clothes I wear off-screen.”

 

STEVEN SPEILBERG  on JOAN CRAWFORD:  ” She’s five feet 4 inches but looks 6 feet on the screen.”

 

 

ADRIAN:  “A character can be sketched by virtue of scissors, needle and thread – clothes talk!”

“Who would believe that my career would rest on Joan Crawford’s shoulders!”

 

MAE WEST:  “Low necklines stylish? They’re imperative.”

“Say what you want about long dresses but they cover a multitude of shins.”

 

Kenneth Tynan :  “At that time (1920s and 30s) the King thug on the Warner lot was EDWARD G. ROBINSON ,wearing vast lapels like the swept back wings of a jet.”

 

“Before a shot,GARBO always asked her cameraman , “Is ze feets in?’

Her concern was not to conceal her feet if the answer was yes, but to change out of bedroom slippers she wore for comfort under even the most ornate costume.”

 

John Huston on EDITH HEAD: ” It is said of Edith that the Oscar is written into her contract; she has more Oscars than anyone else in Hollywood.”

 

Lille Dache, milliner :     Nobody thinks of CARMEN MIRANDA without a turban loaded with flowers, fruit, beads and bangles. Usually I restrain myself a little. But with Carmen, the more fantastic fruits and birds and strange beads I could get together on one turban, the better.”

 

 

JAMES STEWART:  “I kept my own Western costume for most of my films. The hat, in particular, I wore it in every Western until one very sad day it completely disintegrated.”

 

 

KATHARINE HEPBURN:  “I just had good timing. The times fit me. Pants came in, low heels came in.”

 

 

 

 

 

MGM’s LEO THE LION

The lion at the heart of MGM from the studio’s beginning in 1924 was called Leo , but it wasn’t until the 1950s that the studio used a lion actually called Leo!

MGM inherited the Lion logo from the Goldwyn studio. The following photo shows the various lions used from  1916. Not shown are TELLY (1928- 1930) and  COFFY (1932-1935).

(TANNER was the first to be filmed in color.)

 

 

But Leo was a lion without a roar until 1928 when MGM first recorded the lion’s sound for WHITE SHADOWS OF THE SOUTH SEAS.

So ‘Jackie’ was the first to roar.

Garbo doesn’t look too happy . This photo is from 1925, so I guess this is SLATS.

 

Filming the MGM mascot.

 

Advertising the MGM product, Leo( ie ‘Jackie’ ) was transported with his trainer round the country in 1930 in what was described as a ‘ large and commodious gilded cage’.

Appearing at the Liberty Theatre in Walla Walla, Washington State, Leo was welcomed by the Mayor of Walla Walla.

 

MGM’s poor lion was also subjected to a flying publicity tour in 1928 and called ‘LEO THE MGM FLYING LION.’

A plane was modified with a cage to hold  ‘Jackie’.

Unfortunately the plane crashed in the Arizona desert, but without any casualties.  It was reported that when the pilot finally contacted MGM, their first question was ,”How’s the lion.”

‘Jackie’ was retired to the Philadelphia Zoo in 1931.

 

 

The idea for this post came about after I attended a new hair salon called ROAR, run by a stylist called LEO!

 

The following are some photos showing the popularity of LEO!

I’d like to think that all the MGM lions were well looked after, but seeing them in cages doesn’t look good.

 

 

 

 

 

The Television series about the studio’s history.

 

The MGM Grand, Las Vegas

 

Leo in 2014

 

KIRK DOUGLAS IS 101

A salute to KIRK  DOUGLAS who has reached the age of 101 years today. All  best wishes to this great star.

With Harry James. YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN

 

With Van Heflin, Barbara Stanwyck, Lizabeth Scott.THE STRANGE LOVES OF MARTHA IVERS

 

With Linda Darnell. A LETTER TO THREE WIVES

 

With Jan Sterling.ACE IN THE HOLE

 

CHAMPION

 

PATHS OF GLORY

 

As Doc Holliday. GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL

 

With James Mason. 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

 

With Lana Turner.THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

 

With Janet Leigh. THE VIKINGS

 

ON THE SET 36

Bette Davis, Edmund Goulding, Geraldine Fitzgerald. DARK VICTORY

Is there any star who didn’t smoke?

 

Warren William, Cecil B. DeMille, Claudette Colbert.CLEOPATRA

Claudette’s vamping!

 

Olivia de Havilland, Rita Hayworth. THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE

 

Monty Woolley, Bette Davis. THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

 

Gene Kelly, Van Johnson, Howard Keel.

Not sure who’s visiting who, but it looks like BRIGADOON and SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, maybe filming on adjacent sets?

 

Grace Kelly, Clark Gable.MOGAMBO

 

Lunch break on THE NAKED SPUR.

Right to left, James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Millard Mitchell, Ralph Meeker and – the chap at the end looks like Tony Curtis but probably isn’t.

 

James Wong Howe, Vincent Sherman, Robert Alda, Ann Sheridan. THE MAN I LOVE.

 

Joan Crawford sitting on a barrel, with pooch. JOHNNY GUITAR

 

Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr. AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER