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Queens of Woman's Pictures 1929-1959

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Queens of Woman's Pictures 1929-1959

    Ep 74: Eva Gabor in Paris Model (1953)

    Ep 74: Eva Gabor in Paris Model (1953)

    Paris Model (1953) isn't the best of Eva Gabor's pictures, but it has a delightful spoof of her older sister, Zsa Zsa, and is a true gem. Eva Gabor stars in the best of four stories about the fortunes of one dress in the lives of different women. Eva had years of studio system training before she developed serious acting ambition for the stage. She should be better known if not for her family name, for her dedication to the craft and a writerly memoir.

    • 33 min
    Ep 73: Carole Lombard in Bolero (1934)

    Ep 73: Carole Lombard in Bolero (1934)

    Dancing was often used as a stand-in for sex on the big screen, as it was for Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, but when Carole Lombard and George Raft move to Ravel, it *is* sex on the dance floor. Their ecstasy makes Bolero (1934) the filthiest pre-Code on record. Sally Rand performs her famous fan dance to add to the lusty flavour of the picture. Ray Milland appears in his first film with Paramount.

    • 41 min
    Ep 72: Yvonne De Carlo in Criss Cross (1949)

    Ep 72: Yvonne De Carlo in Criss Cross (1949)

    An executive in Universal studio turned down Yvonne De Carlo's request for the part of the waitress in A Double Life. He explained the way the system worked--Yvonne was rock candy, not dipped chocolates. They wanted to keep her in the stuff that sold and sold. Robert Siodmak felt otherwise and fought to keep her in the role for Criss Cross that producer Mark Hellinger had promised her before his tragic death. Siodmak doesn't ask Yvonne to play rock candy or a paint by numbers noir dame. In this picture, she proves she was a great actress--and wasted in those sand and sandals pictures.

    • 41 min
    Ep 71: Zsa Zsa Gabor in Moulin Rouge (1952)

    Ep 71: Zsa Zsa Gabor in Moulin Rouge (1952)

    Zsa Zsa Gabor belongs to a legacy of modern wit from sass mouth dames such as Anita Loos, Dorothy Parker, Mae West, and Tallulah Bankhead. She argued for a career--that there was more to life than just being a wife--three years before Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique. By her third picture, Moulin Rouge, Zsa Zsa became a star. She is uncorked champagne, bubbly and vivacious. And she steals everything but the camera.

    • 40 min
    Ep 70: Dolores del Rio, In Caliente (1935)

    Ep 70: Dolores del Rio, In Caliente (1935)

    Dolores del Rio choreographs a plot for revenge against Pat O'Brien with as much style as she exhibits in a Busby Berkeley dance number. In Caliente (1935) has a steady 'soak the rich' theme, along with a woman's thirst for revenge. Add in a superb cast and amazing white gowns from Orry-Kelly, the picture is as soothing as a day by the pool.

    • 35 min
    Ep 69: Carole Landis in Turnabout (1940)

    Ep 69: Carole Landis in Turnabout (1940)

    Carole Landis referred to her role in Turnabout (1940) as the only time she had 'more than an even chance to demonstrate ability rather than matter'. In a screwball picture where husband and wife swap bodies, Carole moves differently and takes up space. Carole's performance makes a farce of the decorous feminine ideal. Joseph Breen and the Legion of Decency gave Hal Roach so much grief over the production that the studio nearly shut down for good.

    • 38 min

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