Jul 23, 2005

Soap suds

Woke up entirely too early this morning and did what I frequently do on such occasions: Turned to Turner Classic Movies. Today's feature was The Great Lie, a 1941 melodrama starring Bette Davis, Mary Astor and George Brent.

Employing a classic movie convention, Astor and Brent elope only to discover later that they're not really married. Brent then really marries Davis and conveniently disappears in a South American plane crash. Interesting because Astor is the scenery chewer here, not Davis. Davis plays the demure, loyal wife and looks rather sweet and wholesome, so this is well before she became a bug-eyed parody of herself.

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