Day 27 of Noirvember: Post-Turkey Trivia
During a recent book sale, I brought home a great haul of film-related books – one of them was the Guinness Book of Movie Facts and Feats (1991) by Patrick Robertson. For today’s Noirvember post, I’m sharing some of the trivia I found in this book on noir films and their performers. Enjoy!
The Third Man (1949) featured a cat that was fond of Orson Welles’s character, Harry Lime. The cat was seen in several shots. Only problem was, it was obvious that three separate cats were used, as each one differed in size and coloring. Whoops.
Philip Marlowe’s office window in Lady in the Lake (1947) has the detective’s name painted on it: PHILLIP MARLOWE. But the detective’s name has only one ‘L’ in it. Double whoops.
The slogan used to promote Mildred Pierce (1945) was “Don’t tell what Mildred Pierce did!” A diner in downtown Los Angeles put up a sign that read: “For 65 cents, we’ll not only serve you a swell blue plate – we’ll tell you what Mildred Pierce did.”
Joan Crawford’s 1930 contract with MGM specified the time that she had to be in bed each night.
In 1946, Glenn Ford received a letter from a female fan that read: “I am 22, pretty, but I never saved my money. You did. That is the real reason I would like to marry you. Please let me know soon, as I have also written to Dick Powell and Larry Parks.”
In To Have and Have Not (1944), Lauren Bacall’s singing is actually the voice of a young Andy Williams.
In 1941, Lee Patrick played Effie, Sam Spade’s secretary in The Maltese Falcon. Thirty-four years later, she appeared as the same character in The Black Bird (1975), in which Spade’s son – played by George Segal – had inherited his father’s detective agency, along with Effie.
The top 100 films according to a group of 60 film directors and critics include The Third Man, Touch of Evil, Kiss Me Deadly, The Sweet Smell of Success, Strangers on a Train, White Heat, and Sunset Boulevard.
After Ava Gardner’s screen test for MGM, studio head Louis B. Mayer said, “She can’t talk, She can’t act. She’s terrific!”
Join me tomorrow for Day 28 of Noirvember!!