Archive for Phoebe Green

Chez Chiz

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on July 14, 2020 by dcairns

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Over at The Chiseler, I have a few thoughts inspired by viewing David Landau in BEDSIDE.

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You can also read a brand new translation by super-Shadowplayer Phoebe Green.

Here.

And more!

A Glass of Water Illuminates the World

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2015 by dcairns

I’m loving this — no writing to do, just intros. I’ll be back at the weekend and have some good stuff saved up, I like to think. Meanwhile, here’s Phoebe Green on an unlikely economy drive at Warner Bros —

A GLASS OF WATER ILLUMINATES THE WORLD

Dorothy Parker, legend has it, explained a late submission to the New Yorker with “Someone else was using the pencil.” A similarly rigorous economy seems to have reigned on the set of 42nd Street, where a simple but recognizable water glass reappears throughout, to the delight of cognoscenti:

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Ruby Keeler has collapsed! But is rehydrated in the arms of George Brent. The Glass makes its début.

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The latter, sly dog, takes Ruby back to his bachelor pad. In the kitchen, he sniffs his boutonnière for freshness, decides it will do for another day, and puts it in the refrigerator in The Glass.

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Louise Beavers, the hardest-working woman in an apron in show business, gives Bebe Daniels congratulations — and a drink from The Glass.

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Now we’re in Philadelphia! Not to worry, The Glass is there at bedside for George Brent in his barebones stock-player’s hotel …

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… but also, within a minute of screen time, in the luxurious ambiance of Warner Baxter’s suite. What range, The Glass!

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Center screen, between Warner Baxter and Ruby Keeler, The Glass makes its last, iconic appearance.

A friend of mine, alerted to this phenomenon, dubbed it “endearingly Warner Brothers” and hypothesized that the WB props department contained only ONE of each item. A hypothesis substantiated by the penultimate scene of Blessed Event, in which Jack La Rue, under arrest, is not handcuffed, but simply gripped by the sleeve:

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Someone else was using the darbies.

© Phoebe Green

Methot-heads and Bacall Girls

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on August 19, 2014 by dcairns

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Over at The Chiseler, Phoebe “La Faustin” Green and I examine the persona of an actress so archetypally pre-code in her hard-bitten appeal that it’s impossible to believe she hasn’t been “chiselled” before. The first Mrs. Bogart, Mayo Methot.

A stray thought I forgot to include — I can visualize a Darwinian chart of pre-code women, featuring, instead of Neanderthal, Cro-magnon and Homo sapiens, a line up with Methot on the left, Una Merkel in the middle and Pert Kelton at the right, walking erect. But that’s just me.