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Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by Tomasso, Apr 23, 2011.
Car's pretty sweet, too.
Sent directly from my mind to yours.
One, that car is simple beauty (as Frunobulax notes) and, two, her choice of it argues she's a true car guy (yup, girls can be car guys) and not just into the flash or "cuteness" of them. Makes sense as she's a real athlete, so no shock that she'd be a real driver.
The shortest distance between two points is a straight eight.
Errol Flynn and his 1932 Imperial
Rudolph Valentino at his home Falcon's Lair
Arnold Schwarzenegger takes his green Hummer out for a spin.
Arnold and his M47 medium tank similar to the one he drove while serving in the Austrian army.
Jack Benny and his 1923 Maxwell, with Rochester at the wheel and Eve Arden considering the offer of a ride.
And the scene from which this still was taken, from a 1952 CBS-TV special, "Stars In Your Eye."
Eve Arden has grown on me as an actress over the years. She has talent, versatility and has played all the not-star-but-critical women roles that, I'd bet, a lot of actresses didn't want - a different version but similar to a Celeste Holm.
My first exposure to her was in the '60s TV show The Mothers-In-Law with Kaye Ballard. I haven't seen her in a lot of movies, but I remember her very distinctive voice.
"Ziegfeld Girl," "Mildred Pierce" (she is the quiet fulcrum of the movie), "The Voice of the Turtle" and "Anatomy of a Murder" are just some of the movies where she shines as the "not starring" female, but the one that is the voice of reason or logic / or acts as the moral conscience of the star / or is the heavy that makes the starring actress look better / etc. Once you start noticing her - and if you watch a lot of TCM - you'll be amazed at how many movies she was in and how long her career was.
She was very, very good on "Our Miss Brooks," on both radio and TV -- a rare postwar example of a "1930s style" female character in the 1950s.
Her career in movies stalled somewhat in the late forties due to the fallout from her affair with Danny Kaye -- and if that doesn't sound like a fun couple, you just don't appreciate the possibilities!
Did he "blackball" her / what happened? Why did the affair ending stall her career?
Not so much a blackballing as a personal demoralizing -- they had been carrying on for quite a while, even working together on a radio show at the height of the affair, and it was a rather poorly-kept secret. Kaye's wife, who also happened to be his head writer, finally caught on -- and it wasn't a pleasant outcome for anyone involved. Arden was quite unhappy in the years immediately after, with both her personal life and the course of her career, and didn't really come out of it until "Our Miss Brooks" became a hit.
About 18 months ago I really wanted a Maxwell Model 25 from this era ("The Good Maxwell"). They're remarkably hard to find, which is a shame, but the earlier cars had kind of killed Maxwell's reputation at that point and it too a name change, to Chrysler, to put the company back on track.
There are instances of personal vendettas being carried out in Hollywood because a perceived slight. Supposedly Hearst, the newspaper and magazine publisher, was infuriated with the film "Citizen Kane," which was supposedly a thinly disguised film about him. He did everything he could to get even and did his best to ruin everyone associated with the picture, even though he was in his late 70s by then.
Sounds ugly and turbo charged by his wife having worked with both of them - she had to feel incredibly betrayed. But when do any of those situations work out well.
It was a very rough situation -- the "Danny Kaye" character was very much a joint creation between Kaye and Sylvia Fine (his wife), and both of them knew there wasn't any practical way to break up the act. They separated in 1947 but they never got divorced, and continued to work together until Kaye's death. Arden, meanwhile, never had anything to do with either of them again.
Which is a pity, because Kaye and Arden had a real comedy chemistry together. Their radio work comes across sort of in the Jack Benny-Mary Livingstone vein, only much brittler and more sarcastic. You listen to it, knowing what was going on behind the scenes, and you wonder just what was going thru their heads as they performed.
Sarcasm was almost her stock in trade - she did that very, very well. What I've come to appreciate is that she had much more range than that.
In an alternate universe, it would have been fun to cast her as a Dorothy Parker-like character, a central character I mean, and listen to her deliver lines like "One more drink, and I'll be under the host."
Al Jolson and his Mercedes Benz late 1920s
with wife Ruby Keeler