Cecil B. DeMille avec Claudette Colbert, tournage de Cleopatra, 1934
Glenn Ford and Eleanor Powell, 1955.
Ford never treated Powell well, carrying on affairs (with Rita Hayworth among others) and acting as if his son, whom she adored, were a rival. Powell, “the Queen of Tap” in 30s films, would rehearse dances until her feet bled. She began work as a dancer touring with the legendary Bill Bo Jangles Robinson.
Mario Bava & Boris Karloff
Quentin Tarantino says Bava’s widescreen bloody films impressed him. He cites Baron Blood. He reminds me of Lugosi, here. Karloff always said he was lucky he became associated with monster and horror movies, though he preferred calling them “terror films.” Rightly so, he worked until his dying months and his name on a movie marquee sold tickets. He’s particularly good in the films he did with producer Val Lewton in the last 40s and said Lewton saved his soul as an actor.
Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis photographed by Richard Miller on the set of Some Like It Hot, 1959.
Curtis changed his tune in his last memoior, saying that he regrets saying that kissing Marilyn in the picture “Was like kissing Hitler.” Instead, he says it was exactly as you might imagine, a pleasure and he had a brief Hollywood beach house affair with her.
Errrol Flynn looked great in “Gentleman Jim” about the boxer James Corbett, but he was actually in such bad shape from is bad habits and jungle malaria (from his life before movies) that he suffered a heart attack during filming (in one of the boxing scenes). Flynn died at 50 and his doctor said he by then had the body of an 80 year old man.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1931My darling Muriel: If I die – it is in the cause of science. I shall love you always –
through eternity. Harry
During the 1940s Glenn Ford’s popularity grew steadily and soon he was top man in fan mail volume at Columbia, and wherever he went autograph seekers flocked.
Ford had a sad life as he aged. His son’s biography of him is revealing. But her certainly was attractive to women. Among his conquests: wife Eleanor Powell (the Queen of Tap); Rita Hayworth, a longtime lover he continued seeing after his marriage; and quite a few others, including, it seems, Loretta Young when both were well along in years.
Spencer Tracy in Edison, the Man, 1940