JOAN CRAWFORD: WHICH COLA IS BEST?

Like many stars, JOAN CRAWFORD, during her long career, made adverts for many products including three different brands of Cola!

 

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Royal Crown didn’t survive against the big two.

 

 

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Of course ,there was always a plug for Joan’s latest movie.

Here are some other products Joan advertised:

 

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Lots of cigarette ads:

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It’s Lux soap in any language .

Joan was a Lux girl from the 1920s.

 

 

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That splash of color looks great.

 

 

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Even chewing gum, though Joan isn’t seeing chewing it!

Not sure about the hair style.

 

 

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GILDA necklace. Any connection to the film, I wonder.

 

 

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It’s Lustre-Creme again.

 

 

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Joan gets set for a dinner party ,with the best spoons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEART TO HEART WITH UNIVERSAL 1935

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Stand-out ad from Universal , aimed at film exhibitors.

Interesting  to note that Robert Taylor replaced  Robert Young in MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION.

SUTTERS GOLD starred Edward Arnold and Binnie Barnes.

Francis Lederer didn’t make it into NEXT TIME WE LOVE. Margaret Sullavan’s costars were James Stewart and Ray Milland.

 

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Odd to see Stewart and Milland’s name above that of Margaret Sullavan.

 

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IT’S A GOLDWYN PICTURE. part 1

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He might have said,

“Our comedies are not to be laughed at”, or

“I was always an independent even when I had partners”,

but he did say, “I have always felt that on the writer hinges the true quality of any picture, no matter who the producer,the director or the stars.”

Yes, SAMUEL GOLDWYN (1879-1974)  was known as ‘Mr. Malaprop’, but it is more likely that his press agents and others dreamed up the Goldwynisms that have come down through the years.

This is a man whose name still remains part of the biggest studio of them all, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; who became an independent producer as far back as 1923; who survived 30 years as an independent  producer,making only a few A class films a year; who hired people like William Wyler,Bette Davis,Ben Hecht,Laurence Olivier; and who gave us one of the most unforgettable films of the classic era, THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES.

 

It was Goldwyn’s studio who originated the Lion logo and ‘Ars Gratia Artis”, as can be seen below.

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When MGM was formed, they didn’t seem too bothered about creating their own logo, and simply took over Goldwyn’s!

(In 1924 Marcus Loewe, who owned a chain of cinemas, had  acquired Goldwyn Pictures and merged it into his own Metro Pictures and Louis B. Mayer Pictures. I’ve often wondered why Sam Goldwyn’s  name  was left in the new MGM title. Goldwyn had no role in MGM.)

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Along with Mary Pickford , Walt Disney and other independent producers, he challenged the big studios monopolising cinema chains. He was prepared to hire halls and auditoriums when the cinema chains refused his terms – he wanted a percentage of sales as well as a flat rental .

Goldwyn had been fighting the big studios over rental arrangements since the 1920s. Finally, in 1948, the US Justice Dept. said,

“If all the theatres they now have continue to be controlled  by the big five companies, the independent producers will find it difficult to get screens for their product.”

The ‘US v Paramount Pictures et al  ‘Supreme Court decision  forced  the studios to sell off their theater  chains.

It’s interesting to note that Goldwyn released 30 films in the 1930’s, 17 in the 1940s, and only 6 in the 1950’s.

This was a man who opted out of the studio system and succeeded more than anyone else. Even David Selznick couldn’t match Goldwyn’s    30 years of film making.

He really was the greatest independent producer of motion pictures.

Below are some illustrations of his film successes.

 

 

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Samuel Goldwyn and his wife

 

 

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OSCAR NOTES

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http://oscars.org is a great source for the history of the Academy Awards.

Some facts and figures :

1929; The first Oscars were given at a banquet at the Roosevelt hotel in Los Angeles, with 270 attendees. Recipients were announced three months earlier.

The next year the results were kept secret but an advance list was given to newspapers for publication after 11pm on the evening of the awards. This continued until 1940 when the L.A.Times published the winners in its evening edition – readily available to arriving guests.

The sealed envelope system came in after that!

 

1935:  Oscars for Film Editing, Music Scoring and Best Song  were inaugurated.

1937: For the first time, there was a Best Supporting Performance Oscar. (Walter Brennan and Gale Sondergaard).

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Luise Rainer

Luise Rainer

LUISE RAINER was the first to win two Oscars (THE GOOD EARTH,THE GREAT ZIEGFELD).

 

 

Walter Brennan,Gary Cooper

Walter Brennan,Gary Cooper

WALTER BRENNAN  was the first (and only) performer to win three Oscars for acting in the Supporting category – COME AND GET IT (1936), KENTUCKY (1938) and THE WESTERNER (1940 )

 

1939; The first Oscar for Special effects was given for THE RAINS CAME.

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1944; Winners in the Best Supporting actor/actress category were given full size statuettes instead of plaques.

1944: For the first time, the Oscar Ceremony is held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

 

1947: The general public were allowed to buy tickets for the Academy awards.

 

 

Robert Montgomery

Robert Montgomery

In 1949, ROBERT MONTGOMERY  was Master of Ceremonies, and the  Costume Design Oscar was introduced. (winners were JOAN OF ARC and HAMLET).

 

1953: TV cameras covered the event and had the largest single audience in TV’s 5 year commercial history.

 

Frank Sinatra,Donna Reed

Frank Sinatra,Donna Reed

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY,in 1954, was the first film to tie with GONE WITH THE WIND for a record 8 Oscars.

 

 

GRETA GARBO

GRETA GARBO

In 1955, Garbo was given an Honorary Award for her “unforgettable screen performances”.

 

 

Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly

The 1956 Oscars was GRACE KELLY’s last public appearance before her marriage to Prince Rainier. (Her Oscar was for THE COUNTRY GIRL in 1955.)

 

1961; WENDELL COREY was Academy President till 1963.

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1969: The first worldwide TV broadcast.

 

 

 

BEBE DANIELS (1901 – 1971)

Bebe Daniels

Bebe Daniels

Some facts about BEBE DANIELS.

Bebe and her husband Ben Lyon were living in London during the Second  World War. Bebe interviewed American troops for the radio series, “Stars and Stripes in Britain”, which was broadcast in America.

She performed for the troops. And she relayed battlefield reports after the Normandy  landings, the first civilian woman in Normandy.

After the war, President Harry Truman awarded Bebe the  Medal  of Freedom,the highest  award to honour civilian service during the war.

This was an actress who, by 1919, had made nearly 200 shorts for Hal Roach; who had a major career at Paramount in the 1920s; who adapted very well to Talkies, proving herself as an actress and singer in RIO RITA. Yet Paramount let her go.

She briefly worked at Radio Pictures in 1930 until Warner Brothers bought  out her contract in 1931 and starred her in the first MALTESE FALCON and in FORTY SECOND STREET.

But,inexplicably, Warners seemed to lose interest in Bebe. She had married Ben Lyon in 1930 and Ben’s career wasn’t going well either. Both upped stakes and left for Britain with their baby daughter Barbara .(They later adopted son Richard)

They were an instant success in England,appearing on stage and on radio, and only returned to the States occasionally in the next few decades.

For a decade in the 1950s, , Bebe and Ben had a very successful BBC  comedy radio  show,”Life With  the Lyons” in which their children also appeared. Bebe was one of the show’s writers.

Bebe and Ben both sang well, and on  You Tube, you can listen to Bebe and Ben sing ‘There’s a Small Hotel”. And Bebe does a great version of “Deep Purple”.

When Bebe was the subject of “This Is Your Life” in 1954, Hal Roach,Harold Lloyd and Cecil B. DeMille paid tribute.

I have only seen a few Bebe Daniels films but each time she impressed me and I wondered why she wasn’t a bigger success in the 1930s. I ‘d like to see COCKTAIL HOUR (1933), with Randolph Scott.

Cocktail Hour

Cocktail Hour

By the time of her last Hollywood film in 1935, MUSIC IS MAGIC, she was already being cast as the older woman.as she had been in FORTY SECOND STREET. She was 34!

 

THE WIZARD OF OZ

THE WIZARD OF OZ

Born in Texas, Bebe’s family moved to Los Angeles and ,aged 9, Bebe was Dorothy  in the 1910 short,THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, which can be seen at Archive.org.

 

 

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At 14 Bebe was starring in two-reelers with Harold Lloyd.

 

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Table Tennis with Charlie Chaplin.

 

 

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Bebe’s costars in the 1920s included Valentino, William Powell, Richard Arlen and Warner Baxter.

 

 

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Bebe costarred with Edward  G. Robinson in SILVER DOLLAR ,but it didn’t help her career.

 

 

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In 1921, Bebe spent 10 days in jail for speeding. Her mother insisted on being locked up with her! Hollywood cashed in on the publicity and starred her in THE SPEED GIRL

 

 

 

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The wedding of Bebe and Ben

 

 

 

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With daughter, Barbara

 

 

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With John Boles, RIO RITA

 

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As Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street.

 

 

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Barbara,Richard,Bebe and Ben. The Lyons.

 

 

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New biography due in 2016.

A 1975 biography called ‘Bebe and Ben’ was written by Jill Allgood and is a good read though not a definitive account of their careers.

I’ll always remember Bebe performing the Al Dubin/Harry Warren song, ‘You’re Getting to be a Habit  with Me’ in Forty Second Street, first in rehearsal with a pianist, then on stage in a nice dance routine with four chorus boys. A delightful scene.

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ON THE SET. 24

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James Stewart, Josephine Hull.   HARVEY

 

 

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Jean Hagen. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

 

 

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Frank Sinatra,Alida Valli, Fred MacMurray.MIRACLE OF THE BELLS

 

 

 

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Joan Crawford,Michael Curtiz. MILDRED PIERCE?

 

 

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Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon. MRS. MINIVER

 

 

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Vivien Leigh,  Fred Crane,George Reeves.  GONE WITH THE WIND

 

 

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Susan Peters . RANDOM HARVEST

 

 

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Howard  Hawks and Jean Arthur watch a scene with Cary Grant, Rita Hayworth, Richard Barthelmess, Sig Ruman,Allyn Joslyn, John Carroll.ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS

 

 

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Another shot from Only Angels Have Wings. Howard Hawks looks on, as does Cary Grant in background .

 

 

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Joan Fontaine, Fritz Lang. BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT