Oh, gimme a break. It’s Christmas.
Name that hand and foot!
Oh, gimme a break. It’s Christmas.
Name that hand and foot!
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.)
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!
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
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
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.”
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.
A salute to KIRK DOUGLAS who has reached the age of 101 years today. All best wishes to this great star.
Is there any star who didn’t smoke?
Not sure who’s visiting who, but it looks like BRIGADOON and SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, maybe filming on adjacent sets?
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.