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From the John Ford film The Hurricane, 1937.
Vivacious Lady, 1938, Directed by George Stevens
That's Frances Mercer laid out on the floor in the last frame grab. She plays Helen, who was the originally intended bride for Peter (James Stewart) who instead went off to New York to fetch his wandering cousin Keith (James Ellison) and in the process met Ginger Rogers (Francey, a nightclub singer), married her within a few hours, and has brought her back to the university town of "Old Sharon" where his family has stuffily run things for generations.
The main dilemma running through the center of this screwball comedy is that James Stewart won't own up to having married Francey, and so she masquerades as a new student at the university where he is a botany professor. At first he can't figure out how to break the news to his taciturn father the university president (Charles Coburn) but then Stewart holds back because of the supposedly weak heart of his mother (Beulah Bondi - - it turns out the weak heart is a fake, she uses it to keep Coburn from yelling at her. He however does yell at everybody else as if they're all deaf).
Ridiculous problems accumulate as Stewart and Ginger Rogers' characters try to get a few minutes alone with each other while trying to hide the fact they are married, and every situation (and person around them) conspires to prevent that from happening. George Stevens' milks this frustration from every angle until it seems like the town of "Old Sharon" itself is against them.
In the screen grabs here, Mercer and Rogers had been having a conversation about who has rights over the botany professor, a talk which has degenerated into a hair-pulling contest (Rogers will win with a judo throw).
The screenplay written by P.J. Wolfson and Lloyd Ingraham pokes at the dignity these "university" characters have, and then shreds it in a series of misunderstandings with plenty of opportunity for all to get half-crazed in the 1930s screwball style. George Stevens' direction keeps all the madness bursting out of elegant dinner parties, finely decorated apartments and the atmosphere of academia.
Frames from Romance in Manhatten, 1934, Ginger Rogers age 23.
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Well, she didn't mean to awaken his soul, she was just trying to keep herself and her father alive amid the cesspool of political alliances in 14th century Rome.
Frame sequence from Don Juan 1926 - - John Barrymore as Don Juan, Mary Astor as Adriana della Varnese. Juan ploughs through woman after woman in the corrupt world of Borgia-run Rome, but when Astor's character not only turns him down (after he had rescued her) but she is generally aghast at the world he lives in, and this revelation of a different attitude about life (and sin) collapses Juan's worldview taught to him by his father Don Jose (also played by John Barrymore, with carefully touched-up white streaks of hair) which is that all women are devils and betrayers, and it is best to use them up as fast and cruelly as possible (which is a poor strategy when actually applied, as Don Jose learns when one of his victims turns a knife on him).
Besides this shake-up at the hands of Mary Astor (who is 19 years old at the time of this filming), though, Juan has to deal with the three Borgias who want him dead after he disrespects their sister Lucrezia by not showing up at her bedchamber at the appointed time. Incidentally, a very young Myrna Loy is one of Lucrezia's maidens.
This film is a swashbuckler romance based on various sources (both classical and Douglas Fairbanksian) and put together in a screenplay by Bess Meredyth. The film used the first synchronized sound recording system (a pre-recorded soundtrack on a record platter) when it was released in 1926, which was a major step toward the technology which brought forth the "talkies" shortly thereafter, and doomed silent films like this one to 2nd run houses and eventually, cinematic oblivion.
Lauren Bacall died Aug 12, 2014 from stroke. Bacall had 72 acting credits dating from her first film To Have and Have Not in 1944 for Howard Hawks (and co-star Humphrey Bogart). Her last listed credit is the 2014 film Trouble is my Business.
From To Have and Have Not, 1944