Wednesday 30 May 2012

Clara Bow Quote 2#

Clara Bow on leaving Hollywood:

"My life in Hollywood contained plenty of uproar. I'm sorry for a lot of it but
not awfully sorry. I never did anything to hurt anyone else. I made a place for
myself on the screen and you can't do that by being Mrs. "Louisa May Alcott"
Alcott's idea of a "Little Women".

Clara Bow Quote 1#

Clara Bow in Precode Hollywood:

"We had individuality. We did as we pleased. We stayed up late. We dressed the way we wanted. I used to whiz down Sunset Boulevard in my open Kissel, with several red Chow dogs to match my hair. Today, they`re sensible and end up with better health. But we had more fun."

Ginger Rogers Musical Genius

You've gotta love Precode Ginger Rogers. Although, she is generally only a supporting character, she definitely made an impact. This is a song called 'Music Makes Me' from the film 'Flying Down to Rio' with Dolores Del Rio, Gene Raymond and Fred Astaire. I love her little wriggle!!

Tuesday 1 May 2012

Actress of the Month: Jean Harlow

For the month of May, the beautiful, sexy and bold, Jean Harlow. Need I say more.

The “Blonde Bombshell”, Jean Harlow’s persona eludes sex, sex and more sex. Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1911, Jeans film career began by accident when she was dropping her friend, aspiring actress, Rosalie Roy, at Fox Studios for an appointment and was approached by a film executive for a screen test. Originally hesitant, Jean, coaxed my her star-stuck mother and friend and signed a contract. Her first film success was in the big-budget Howard Hughes Precode film Hells Angles (1930). Her performance was critically unclaimed but her beauty and sex-appeal made her a world-wide audience favourite. She followed it with a number of supporting roles as ‘the gangsters girl’ in The Public Enemy (1931) and The Secret Six (1931). Her most memorable roles came later under MGM in Red-Headed Women (1932) and Red Dust (1932). As the wisecracking brash prostitute, Vantine, Jean steals the spotlight and later Clark Gable in a tropical plantation in Indochina. A free spirit whose dislike for undergarments was well known, Jean had a reputation for using ice cubes before a scene to give herself the characteristic peeked breast. In 1937 at age 26, Jean Harlow died suddenly of kidney failure ending a life that was both blissful and tragic but mostly iconic.
            Cool Jean Quote:  As Vantine in Red Dust (1932)  
Vantine: You can check the wings and halo at the desk.
Dennis Morgan (Clark Gable): I'll be right up.  

Tallulah Bankhead Quote 1#

                     Tallulah Bankhead was a famous Precode actress whose films showed
                     her capacity for brilliant dramactic acting, but were mostly overshadowed
                     by her tulmotuous personal life filled with sex (both-genders), drugs and

                     Quote: "My father warned me about men and booze, but he never
                                 mentioned a word about women and cocaine."

Swearing in Precode

            Above is the ending clip from the hilarious 'Design for Living' (1932) with Miriam
            Hopkins, Gary Cooper and Fredric March. This is a great example of swearing in
            Precode. Listen for when Miriam is confronting her husband. What she call
            Mr Eagleborough?

Mae West Quote 1#

                                 "I'm no model lady. A model's just an imitation of the real thing"