Felix In Hollywood

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Female. And How!

Ruth Chatterton was born on this date in 1893. She was a diamond of the Pre-Code era, just as sparkling, just as cold, just as hard. The type of character she perfected is evident by the titles of some of her films: Lady Of Scandal, Anybody's Woman, Unfaithful, Once A Lady and Female. Sort of a pissed off Kay Francis.

She will probably be most remembered for being in the original Madam X (1929) and her magnificent turn in the equally magnificent Dodsworth (1936).

In the above trailer for Female, in which she co-starred with then husband George Brent, there is a card that reads, "It takes a real man to handle this type of female".
Well apparently the film suffered from poor casting, as she and Brent were divorced the following year.

Happy Birthday Ruth!


MJ said...

"A girl who made a career out of bossing men"

I'm putting that on my resume!

FelixInHollywood said...

Naturally, I just assumed that it was already on your resume. Honestly, MJ sometimes you shock me.