Wednesday, 30 May 2012
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 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."
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
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
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 Kansas City, Missouri 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)
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."
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