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Betty Grable (1916-1973)


  1. Charlotte Henry, Alice In Wonderland, 1932.      Walt Disney and Mary Pickford were planning a part-animation version that year until Paramount secured all rights in April. Then, from the usual “more than 7,000 applicants” (yeah, sure), the short-list included Henry, Grable, Marge Champion, Paulette Goddard, Sue Kellog (who became Henry’s stand-in), Ida Lupino and Anne Shirley.
  2. Rita Hayworth, Blood and Sand, 1940.    The Fox favourite was pinned up  for the studio’s sexiest role of the year - the manipulative socialite vamp, Doña Sol,  toying with Tyrone Power’s poor matador in the re-hash of Rudolph Valentino’s 1921 silent classic. Also considered: Lynn Bari, Hedy Lamarr, Dorothy Lamour, Carole Landis, Mona Maris, Maria Montez, Jane Russell and Gene Tierney.  And Ava Gardner?  Not synonymous with bullfighters until the 50s! 
  3. Carole Landis, Cadet Girl, 1940.        She is not in the Army, just a singer between feuding brothers and their big bands. One is a West Point cadet. So, it should be Cadet’s Girl. As per usual at Fox at the time, the role was an Either Or. Either Grable or Alice Faye
  4. Gene Tierney, China Girl, 1941.      OK this was a Fox film and Grable was queen of the lot. But hardly suited to this WW2 melo-ramnce in Burma and China. Tierney look terrific. Even while Lynn Bari stole the movie as… how did George Montgomery’s hero put it… “everything a girl should be, 115 pounds of lies, venom and kisses.”
  5. Anne Baxter, The Razor’s Edge, 1946.       Nothing had changed in the four years that Tyrone Power had been away in WWII.  Anne Baxter was still among his co-stars as in his last film before enlisting in  the US Marines: Crash Dive, 1942.  Indeed, Baxter won a support Oscar as Sophie on March 13, 1947 - in a role rejected by Grable and Judy Garland as “too depressing.”
  6. Betsy Drake, Dancing in the Dark, 1949.    Three years earlier, Grable had been the Fox choice for the discovery of ex-movie idol William Powell Instead, inexplicably, Julie became Betsy… the very epitome of… can’t dance, can’t sing. 
  7. Betty Hutton, Annie Get Your Gun, 1950.        A Betty battle… "I bought it [for an unprecedented $700,000] to give Judy a kick," said producer Arthur Freed. "That's when she  got sick… I had to take her out. The girl just couldn't function."  The second director, Charles Walters, immediately suggested Grable. However, her Fox studio  refused permission.  Betty Hutton beat Betty Garrett - after won after Judy Canova, Doris Day, Betty Garrett, Ethel Merman (Broadway’s 1946  Annie) and Ginger Rogers were shot  down at the pass
  8. Shelley Winters, Night of the Hunter, 1951.     The Girl With The Million Dollar Legs was just too scared of such a breakaway role  - and of Charles Laughton’s trust in  her. 
  9. Jean Peters, Pickup On South Street, 1952.        Betty, Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe and Shelley Winters... Maverick auteur  - and “tabloid philosopher”! - Samuel  Fuller, who invariably spoke in CAPITALS, was offered a  jolie brochette to choose his Candy. “Betty was the HIGHET PAID WOMAN IN THE WORLD -  not actress, WOMAN.  AND SHE WANTED A DANCE NUMBER in the film.”  (A classic thriller).   Head Fox Darryl Zanujck sorted that mess out. And all Bettys were off.
  10. Marilyn Monroe, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,  19523.     Having been made by everyone else, Marilyn was finally made by Hollywood as Grable’s star slipped. From the very first image, one critic said,  Marilyn "came on like Tinker Belle on heat." She earned $18,000 compared  to Grable’s usual $150,000.
  11. Shelley Winters, Night Of The Hunter,  1954.      In  his one and only - and classic - directing assignment. Charles Laughton was full of surprises.  Choosing Robert Mitchum as a hymn-singing, widow-slaying psycho with LOVE and HATE tattooed on his knuckles - then discussing the docile Willa with both the pin-up queen and the  non -pin-up Teresa Wright. 
  12. Vivian Blaine, Guys and Dolls, 1955.      Ill-health. Of her dog... Buried  by Monroe's arrival, Grable needed a comeback.  She saw it in Miss Adelaide.  But her Adelaide an egg... She never took her meeting with producer Samuel Goldwyn because her dog was sick. Director Joseph Mankiewicz did not mind.  "I don't direct tits." 

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