We do indeed get emails. Our ever alert readership certainly keeps us on our toes with comments, corrections and an occasional boost (or blast).
Here’s a sampling of our latest wave.
From Jeff Woodman, a regular follower of this blog (Thank You!) in reference to our Quiz about Forties Fox star, Jeanne Crain:
And I thought I knew something about an actress for whom I’ve loooooong had a soft spot — all I’m certain of in the quiz is that a singer she wasn’t!
Hard to figure why (director Joseph) Mankiewicz didn’t like her when he was able to get such good work out of her in ‘A Letter to Three Wives.’
And I don’t know if the (‘All About Eve’) question — asking if it was true Cain was considered for the part of Eve Harrington, which ultimately went to Ann Baxter — is true or false, but it’s an intriguing idea, particularly as I consider Baxter to be the weak link in the film (and every other film in which she appears).
None of the incredibly smart characters surrounding her would have been duped by Baxter’s Eve. I find her “lost lamb in a jungle” routine blatantly obvious — it was no surprise to me when she showed her true colors, even upon my first viewing at age 10.
But Crain was just guileless enough to have pulled it off, though perhaps she’d have been a weaker Eve after the reveal (though I doubt it). (Just like the original idea of casting Robert Redford as Guy Woodhouse in ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ would have made a longer character arc. Finding out wholesome Bob was in league with satanists would have been a shock — seeing John Cassavettes go to the dark side, not so much.)
I’ve been smitten with Crain since first seeing her in the title role in ‘Apartment For Peggy,’ which should be better known on it’s own merits, and certainly as a follow-up (of sorts) to ‘Miracle on 34th Street.’ She may never have set the screen on fire, but she was a warm, reliable, and very welcome presence for many years.
Thanks for turning the spotlight on this very appealing performer!
And, again, thank you for the insightful commentary, Jeff.
From Sue we received this comment in connection with our Nov. 9 blog about Ilona Massey in which we wrote that Hungarian-born singer-actress’ first American film, 1937’s Rosalie, paired her with Nelson Eddy “although the presence of Eleanor Parker stole the show.”
Your comment in the ‘Rosalie’ segment on Ilona Massey is incorrect; it isn’t Eleanor Parker who’s in the film – it was Eleanor Powell.
You are correct, Sue. She had the title role costarring with Eddy. (That’s Powell above with fellow dancing great Fred Astaire).
Thanks for keeping us on the straight and narrow, and again, keep the cards and letters coming.