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Joan Bennett: Hollywood’s Shimmering Vagabond – Episode 16

In episode 16 we focus on the ‘quiet Bennett’ compared to her volatile film star sister Constance. Joan was fiery in a more subtle way, she didn’t think much of her film career and felt more at home on the stage like her father, the legendary Richard Bennett. She quoted him often in her autobiography ‘The Bennett Playbill’, one of her favourite lines being “We are vagabonds to the heart and we are not ashamed of it”. She said “Well, I’m still a “vagabond” and I’m shamelessly proud of it.”

Her film career was not a long one and she made a little over 70 films but she made a lasting impression, especially in her noir work with Frtiz Lang. We’ve chosen for this episode Private Worlds (1935), Scarlet Street (1945) and The Reckless Moment (1949).

Sources:
Bennett, J. (1970) The Bennett Playbill: Five Generations of the Famous Theater Family (with Lois Kibbee). New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston.

Kellow, B. (2004) The Bennetts: An Acting Family Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky.

Private Worlds (1935) Dir. Gregory La Cava [DVD] Paramount Pictures.

Scarlett Street (1945) Dir. Fritz Lang [YouTube] Universal Pictures.

The Reckless Moment (1949) Dir. Max Ophüls [DVR} Columbia Pictures.

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Gold Band Advisory Warning – Episode 2

Our second episode focuses on wives in peril, the post-war ladies who either married a stranger or had a husband return from the war a changed man. We discuss classics from Douglas Sirk, Nicholas Ray and Preston Sturges to name but a few. Our He’s a Keeper segment this month features the dreamy Joseph Cotten.

Gold Band Advisory Warning – Episode 2 by Any Ladle’s Sweet

Our second episode focuses on wives in peril, the post-war ladies who either married a stranger or had a husband return from the war a changed man. We discuss classics from Douglas Sirk, Nicholas Ray and Preston Sturges to name but a few. Our He’s a Keeper segment this month features the dreamy Joseph Cotten.

Ladies!
Does your husband insist you drink glasses of questionable milk each day?
Or coffee? Or hot chocolate?
Does he rummage in the attic?
Does he accuse you of cheating?
Does he carry around expensive ladies jewellery?
Is he obsessed with orchids and ladies without an appetite?
Do dogs dislike him?
Has he failed in his career?
Is he broke?
Does he hide his paintings from you?
Has he curated rooms in his house depicting famous murder scenes?
Is he always snooping in your handbag?
Is he unable to perform in the sack?
Does he have a woman on the side?
Join us!

Sources:
Bigger Than Life (1956) Dir. Nicholas Ray. [DVD] 20th Century Fox.
Citizen Kane (1941) Dir. Orson Welles. [DVD] RKO.
Cotten, Joseph. (1987) Vanity Will Get You Somewhere. London: Columbus Books.
Crawford, Joan. (1962) A Portrait of Joan. [with Jane Kesner Ardmore] New York: Doubleday.
Dial ‘M’ for Murder (1954) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. [DVD] Warner’s.
Dragonwyck (1946) Dir. Joseph L Mankiewicz. [YouTube] 20th Century Fox.
Gaslight (1944). Dir. George Cukor. [DVD] MGM.
Night of the Hunter (1955) Dir. Charles Laughton. [DVD] MGM.
Notorious (1946) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. [DVD] RKO.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Dir. Roman Polanski. [DVD] Paramount.
Secret Beyond the Door (1947) Dir. Fritz Lang. [DVD] Universal.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. [DVD] Universal.
Sleep, My Love (1948) Dir. Douglas Sirk. [DVD] United Artists.
Sorry, Wrong Number (1948) Dir. Anatole Litvak. [DVD] Paramount.
Sudden Fear (1952) Dir. David Miller. [DVD] RKO.
Suspicion (‘41) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. [DVD] RKO.
The Barefoot Contessa (1954) Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz. [DVD] United Artists.
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) Dir. Orson Welles. [DVD] RKO.
The Third Man (1949). Dir. Carol Reed. [DVD] 20th Century Fox.
The Two Mrs Carrolls (1947) Dir. Peter Godfrey. [DVD] Warner’s.
Undercurrent (1946). Dir. Vincente Minnelli. [DVD] MGM.
Unfaithfully Yours (1948) Dir. Preston Sturges. [DVD] 20th Century Fox.
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Joseph Cotten in Citizen Kane clip – www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/499…Other-Marriage.html

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