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Anita Loos – Queen of Wit and Sass Supreme – Episode 24

In episode 24, we discuss the darling of the silent intertitle, mother of sass mouth dames in early talking pictures, raconteur, and all-round solid gold good guy, Anita Loos. We discuss selections of her witty writing on her experience working in Hollywood during the golden era. Stories from Kiss Hollywood Goodbye (1974), Fate Keeps on Happening (1984), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1925) and A Girl Like I (1966). We also discuss two of her finest scriptwriting examples in Blondie of the Follies (1932) and The Girl From Missouri (1934).

Sources:
Beauchamp, C. and Loos, M.A., Eds. (2003) Anita Loos Rediscovered: Film Treatments and Fiction by Anita Loos. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Beauchamp, C. (1997) Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood Berkeley: University of California Press.
Blondie of the Follies (1932) Dir. Edmund Goulding [DVD] MGM.
Carey, G. (1988) Anita Loos: A Biography London: Bloomsbury.
Loos, A. (1925) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1992) London: Penguin.
Loos, A. (1966) A Girl Like I New York: Viking.
Loos, A. (1974) Kiss Hollywood Goodbye London: W.H Allen.
Loos, A. (1977) Cast of Thousands New York: Grosset & Dunlap.
Loos, A. (1984) Fate Keeps on Happening: Adventures of Lorelei Lee and Other Writings. London: Harrap.
Red-Headed Woman (1932) Dir. Jack Conway [DVD] MGM.
The Girl from Missouri (1934) Dir. Jack Conway [DVD] MGM.

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All About Thelma – Episode 1

Our first episode! This one is dedicated to the supporting ladies, Thelma Ritter, Mary Wickes and Patsy Kelly. He’s a Keeper segment features William Powell and Best Costume of the Week is dedicated to Joan Crawford’s gym outfit in Dancing Lady. Also, an honourable mention for the late director Chantal Akerman.

All About Thelma – Episode 1 by Any Ladle’s Sweet

Our first episode! This one is dedicated to the supporting ladies, Thelma Ritter, Mary Wickes and Patsy Kelly. He’s a Keeper segment features William Powell and Best Costume of the Week is dedicated to Joan Crawford’s gym outfit in Dancing Lady. Also, an honourable mention for the late director Chantal Akerman.

Sources:

A Letter to Three Wives (1949) Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz [DVD] Twentieth Century Fox.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Baby Sitter (1956) Dir. Robert Stevens
All About Eve (1950) Dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz [DVD] Twentieth Century Fox.
Beauty and the Bus (1933) Dir. Gus Meins [www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8A4O2aiqfw].
Bryant, R. (2006) William Powell: The Life and Films. Jefferson: McFarland.
Dancing Lady (1933) Dir. Robert Z. Leonard. [DVD] Warner Studio.
Hadleigh, B. (1994) Hollywood Lesbians. Fort Lee: Barricade Books.
Maid in Hollywood (1934). Dir. Gus Meins. [www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyIKMu-_-W8].
Now, Voyager (1942) Dir. Irving Rapper. [DVD] Warners.
One Way Passage (1932) Dir. Tay Garnett [DVD] Warners.
Pickup on South Street (1953) Dir. Sam Fuller [DVD] Criterion, THAT scene [www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-ZuV8hg-Jg].
Rear Window (1954) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock [DVD] Universal Studios.
Rosemary’s Baby (1968) Dir. Roman Polanski [DVD] Criterion.
Staggs, S. (2000) All About All About Eve. New York: St Martin’s Press.
The Decorator (1965) Dir. Richard Kinon [www.youtube.com/watch?v=whKTEGyNh1M].
Good piece on Thelma Ritter [aurorasginjoint.com/2012/09/22/thel…at-a-character/]
Roof, Judith (2002) ‘All about Thelma and Eve: sidekicks and third wheels’
Chantal Akerman films currently screening on Hulu [www.hulu.com/search?q=chantal+akerman]

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