Hey, you guys are one tough crowd. And we love you for it.
Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your Classic Movie guys, back again — today a tad redfaced.
In our “Susan Hayward Cancer Victim” blog, published on July 15, we ran the picture above, and identified the man as the actress’ lover back then, Don “Red” Barry.
Well, it ain’t him.
An astute reader, Seymour Kneitel, recently informed us of our error. You’re right Mr. Kneitel. After some research and looking at dozens of photos of Mr. Barry we concluded that the man pictured here IS someone else.
We found the above photo in the Donald Gordon Collection mismarked as Red Barry. (Cut our Donald some slack. He really did get around quite a bit in his day, and perhaps didn’t have the time to carefully identify each of his many snapshots.)
Anyway, perhaps another astute reader can help us come up with the name of the man pictured above and preserved for posterity in in Donald’s marvelous photo collection. So, if you have a clue, let us know pronto. Thanks.
Another of our astute readers, Mike, commented on Theresa Harris, the black actress we mentioned in our “A Black Actress Ups The Ante” blog published on Aug. 16. Mike asked whether Harris costarred with Barbara Stanwyck in “Baby Face.”
Thanks for your query Mike since we regard Harris as one of the great unsung black actresses in movie history.
She was indeed Barbara Stanwyck’s (virtual if not in actual billing) costar in “Baby Face,” made by Warner Bros. in 1933. And, we agree with Mike: she looks great in the picture.
As you undoubtedly know, “Baby Face” was one of those scandalous pre-Production Code movies in which Stanwyck’s character, as a teenager, is pimped out to bar customers by her own father.
Even today, that’s a remarkable plot premise. Naturally enough, Baby Face sleeps her way to the top of a big corporation.
Harris’ character, Chico, is Stanwyck’s maid. But a genuine friendship develops between the two elevating the maid’s part considerably. Harris is allowed in the picture to be glamorous and sexy, a rare opportunity given black actresses at the time.
Harris — pictured below in what appears to be a still from producer Val Lewton’s 1943 classic, “I Walked With A Zombie” — had a long and productive career, was highly regarded by her peers, married well and saved her money and lived to nearly 80. I know you’ll join us in saluting her.
Finally, reader Chris writes: “Hey, what a great blog you have. Simply great.”
Thanks, Chris. We feel a lot better.