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Sisters under the Skin – All About Bette – Episode 14

Part 2 of our ‘Sisters under the Skin’ series, of which Joan Crawford was featured in part 1, this episode is all about Bette. We celebrate a queen of Woman’s Pictures through three of her finest films: Of Human Bondage (1934), Marked Woman (1937) and Now, Voyager (1942).

This is also our last episode of the year but we will return in January fresh smelling with the fabulous Barbara Stanwyck.

Sisters under the Skin – All About Bette – Episode 14 by Any Ladle’s Sweet

Part 2 of our ‘Sisters under the Skin’ series, of which Joan Crawford was featured in part 1, this episode is all about Bette. We celebrate a queen of Woman’s Pictures through three of her finest films: Of Human Bondage (1934), Marked Woman (1937) and Now, Voyager (1942).

Sources:
Considine, S. (1989) Bette & Joan: The Divine Feud. New York: Dutton.

Davis, B. (1962) The Lonely Life. (with Sanford Dody). New York: Lancer Books.

— (1987) This ‘N That (with Michael Herskowitz). New York: Putnam.

Dody, S. (1980) Giving Up the Ghost: A Writer’s Life Among the Stars. Lanham: M Evans and Co.

Eckert, C. (1973) ‘The Anatomy of a Proletarian Film: Warner’s Marked Woman’ Film Quarterly Vol. 27 No. 2 (Winter 1973-1974) pp. 10-24.

Fuller, E. (1992) Me and Jezebel New York: Berkley.

Marked Woman (1937) Dir. Lloyd Bacon [DVD] Warner Brothers.

Now Voyager (1942) Dir. Irving Rapper [DVD] Warner Brothers.

Of Human Bondage (1934) Dir. James Cromwell [YouTube] RKO Pictures.

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

Stine, W. (1974) Mother Goddamn: Bette Davis Hawthorn Books.

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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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You Don’t Own Me: Women’s Sexuality in the Pre-Code Era – Episode 3

Our third episode focuses on the small window of films made in Hollywood between 1930 and 1934, known usually as ‘Pre-Code’. The censorship rules of the ‘Hays Code’ was introduced to Hollywood studios in 1930 but was not actually enforced until late 1934. During these years studios were pumping out films testing the limits of propriety, usually with strong central female characters using their wiles to break out of poverty and marital drudgery. This month’s He’s a Keeper is devoted to the charming Melvyn Douglas. Lastly, an honourable mention to the late Setsuko Hara.

You Don’t Own Me: Women’s Sexuality in the Pre-Code Era – Episode 3 by Any Ladle’s Sweet

Our third episode focuses on the small window of films made in Hollywood between 1930 and 1934, known usually as ‘Pre-Code’. The censorship rules of the ‘Hays Code’ was introduced to Hollywood studios in 1930 but was not actually enforced until late 1934.

Sources:
A Woman’s Face (1941) Dir. George Cukor. [DVD] MGM.
Baby Face (1933) Dir. Alfred E. Green. [DVD] Warner Bros.
Bed of Roses (1933) Dir. Gregory La Cava. [DVD] RKO.
Doherty, T. (1999) Pre-Code Hollywood: Sex, Immorality and Insurrection in American
Cinema 1930-1934. New York: Columbia University Press.
Douglas, M. (1986) See You at the Movies: The Autobiography of Melvyn Douglas (with Tom Arthur). Boston: University Press of America.
Jacobs, L. (1991) The Wages of Sin: Censorship and the Fallen Woman 1928-1942. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.
LaSalle, M. (2000) Complicated Women: Sex and Power in Pre-Code Hollywood. New York: St. Martin’s Press.
Loos, A. (1974) Kiss Hollywood Goodbye. London: W.H. Allen.
Loy, M. (1987) Being and Becoming (with James Kotsilibas-Davis). London: Bloomsbury.
Brooks, Louise. (1974) Lulu in Hollywood. USA: University of Minnesota Press.
Ninotchka (1939) Dir. Ernst Lubitsch. [DVD] MGM.
Penthouse (1933) Dir. W.S. Van Dyke. [DVD] MGM.
Possessed (1931) Dir. Clarence Brown. [DVD] MGM.
Red Headed Woman (1932) Dir. Jack Conway. [DVD] MGM.
Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise (1931) Dir. Robert Z. Leonard [DVD] MGM.
The Divorcee (1930) Dir. Robert Z. Leonard. [DVD] MGM.
The Easiest Way (1931) Dir. Jack Conway [DVD] MGM.
Theodora Goes Wild (1936) Dir. Richard Boleslawski. [YouTube] Columbia.
Third Finger, Left Hand (1940) Dir. Robert Z Leonard. [DVD] MGM.
THAT scene in Possessed – www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWmI88_hP0M

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