Sisters under the Skin – Joan Crawford ‘As Wobbly as the Statue of Liberty’ – Episode 13

This month is special. To celebrate our one year podcast anniversary we are devoting episode 13 to the Queen of Woman’s Pictures, Joan Crawford. No idle gossip, or mention of THAT film will intrude on the Joan love-in. We are here to celebrate Ms Crawford through three of her finest films, ‘Sadie McKee’, ‘A Woman’s Face’, and ‘The Damned Don’t Cry’. As part of our ‘Sisters under the Skin’ series, part 1 is Joan but in part 2 next month we will be discussing the incomparable Bette Davis. Bless you.

Sisters under the Skin – Joan Crawford ‘As Wobbly as the Statue of Liberty’ – Episode 13 by Any Ladle’s Sweet

This month is special. To celebrate our one year podcast anniversary we are devoting episode 13 to the Queen of Woman’s Pictures, Joan Crawford. No idle gossip, or mention of THAT film will intrude on the Joan love-in. We are here to celebrate Ms Crawford through three of her finest films, ‘Sadie McKee’, ‘A Woman’s Face’, and ‘The Damned Don’t Cry’.

Sources:
Ep 13: Joan Crawford ‘As Wobbly As The Statue of Liberty’ [the quote comes from Molly Haskell’s ground breaking study From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies in a discussion of Joan Crawford’s role as the head of a trucking company in They All Kissed the Bride]

A Woman’s Face (1941) Dir. George Cukor [DVD] MGM Studios.

Crawford, J. (1962) A Portrait of Joan: The Autobiography of Joan Crawford (with Joan Kesner Ardmore). New York: Doubleday.

Crawford, J. (1971) My Way of Life. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Haskell, M. (1973) From Reverence to Rape: The Treatment of Women in the Movies. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Newquist, R. (1980) Conversations with Joan Crawford. Secaucus: Citadel Press.

Sherman, V. (1996) Studio Affairs: My Life as a Film Director. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.

Sadie McKee (1934) Dir. Clarence Brown [DVD] MGM Studios.

Spoto, D. (2012) Possessed: The Life of Joan Crawford. London: Arrow Books.

Springer, J. (1973) Joan Crawford at Town Hall. Available at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeSwnYo_4hw

The Damned Don’t Cry (1950) Dir. Vincent Sherman [DVD] Warner Brothers.

Interview clip at end: The Louella Parsons Show, original airing November 9th, 1947.www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEJlwwRyO…&feature=youtu.be

Lukas, Karli. (2000) A Woman’s Face, Senses of Cinema sensesofcinema.com/2000/cteq/woman/

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Dress Tells the Woman’s Story: Designing Woman’s Pictures 1929-1958 – Episode 10

In this episode we’re focusing on the behind-the-scenes magic of the great costume designer’s from the golden era of Hollywood. Adrian, Edith Head, Irene and Orry-Kelly, the kings and queens of fashion design on film for over 4 decades.

He’s a Keeper this month is the glorious ‘King of the Pre-Codes’ Warren William!

Dress Tells the Woman’s Story: Designing Woman’s Pictures 1929-1958 – Episode 10 by Any Ladle’s Sweet

In this episode we’re focusing on the behind-the-scenes magic of the great costume designer’s from the golden era of Hollywood. Adrian, Edith Head, Irene and Orry-Kelly, the kings and queens of fashion design on film for over 4 decades. He’s a Keeper this month is the glorious ‘King of the Pre-Codes’ Warren William!

 

Sources:
All About Eve (1950) Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz [DVD] Twentieth Century Fox.

Auntie Mame (1958) Dir. Morton DaCosta [DVD] Warner Bros.

Billecci, F and Fisher, L.F. (2013) Irene a Designer from the Golden Age of Hollywood: The MGM Years 1942-1949. Atglen: Schiffer.

Dark Victory (1939) Dir. Edmund Goulding [DVD] Warner Bros.

Double Indemnity (1944) Dir. Billy Wilder [DVD] Paramount Pictures.

Greer, H. (2001). Gowns by Adrian: the MGM years 1928-1941. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.

Head, E. and Calistro, P. (2008) Edith Head’s Hollywood. Santa Monica: Angel City Press.

Imitation of Life (1934) John M Stahl [DVD] Universal Studios.

Jewel Robbery (1932) Dir. William Dieterle [DVD] Warner Bros.

Jorgensen, J. (2010) Edith Head: The Fifty-Year Career of Hollywood’s Greatest Costume Designer. Philadelphia: Running Press.

Letty Lynton (1932) Dir. Clarence Brown [internet archive] Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer.

Midnight (1939) Dir. Mitchell Leisen [DVD] Paramount Pictures.

Mr and Mrs Smith (1941) Dir Alfred Hitchcock [DVD] RKO.

Orry-Kelly. (2016) Women I’ve Undressed. London: Allen & Unwin.

Romance (1930) Dir. Clarence Brown [DVD] Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer.

Skyscraper Souls (1932) Dir. Edgar Selwyn [DVD] Warner Bros.

Stangeland, J. (2011) Warren William: Magnificent Scoundrel of Pre-Code Hollywood. Jefferson: McFarland & Company.

Susan and God (1940) Dir. George Cukor [DVD] Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer.

The Heiress (1949) Dir. William Wyler [DVD] Paramount Pictures.

The Match King (1932) Howard Bretherton & William Keighley [DVD] Warner Bros.

The Mouthpiece (1932) Dir. James Food & Elliot Nugent. [DVD] Warner Bros.

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) Dir. Tay Garnett [DVD] Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer.

Acker, Ally (1991). Reel Women: Pioneers of the Cinema, 1896 to the Present. B.T. Batsford, London.

Carman, Emily (2016). Independent Stardom: Freelance Women in the Hollywood Studio System. University of Texas Press.

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Any Ladle’s Sweet That Dishes Out Some Gravy! The Women – Episode 4

It’s all about the women! In our 4th episode we delve deep into the 1939 all female classic, The Women. Directed by George Cukor, this biting social satire includes an impressive ensemble cast, Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, and Paulette Goddard to name but a few. Shining with a sharp script by Anita Loos, we discuss the often overlooked subtleties and artistry of this under-appreciated film.

Any Ladle’s Sweet That Dishes Out Some Gravy! The Women – Episode 4 by Any Ladle’s Sweet

It’s all about the women! In our 4th episode we delve deep into the 1939 all female classic, The Women. Directed by George Cukor, this biting social satire includes an impressive ensemble cast, Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, and Paulette Goddard to name but a few.

Sources:
Nugent, F.S. (1939) ‘Review: The Women’. The New York Times, 22 September.
www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=…1DFBF668382629EDE
Carey, G. (1988) Anita Loos: A biography. London: Bloomsbury.
Considine, S. (1989) Bette & Joan: the divine feud. London: Sphere.
Crawford, J. (1962) A portrait of Joan: The Autobiography of Joan Crawford. (with Jane Kesner Ardmore). New York: Doubleday.
Fontaine, J (1978) No bed of roses. New York: Morrow.
Lambert, G. (1973) On Cukor. London: W.H. Allen.
Loos, A. (1974) Kiss Hollywood goodbye. London: W.H. Allen.
Lugowski, D.M. (2011) ‘Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford: rivals at the glamour factory’, in McLean, A.L (ed.) Glamour in a golden age: movie stars of the 1930s. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
McGilligan, P. (1991) George Cukor: A double life. London: Faber and Faber.
Russell, R. (1977) Life is a banquet. (with Chris Chase). New York: Random House.
Thomas, B. (1978) Joan Crawford: a biography. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson.
The Women (1939) Dir. George Cukor. [DVD] MGM.
seul-le-cinema.blogspot.ie/2008/12/women-1939.html

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