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Conrad Veidt (1893-1943)

  1. Adolphe Menjou, The Easiest Way, 1930.    

    Hollywood censor czar Will Hays ruled that the Broadway play about this poor girl winning riches on her backwould not be good for the industry. But great for business. Everyone was trying to give Will Hays the finger… from Harry Cohn to David O Selznick, from Columbia and Fox to Universal and, finally, MGM… where Montgomery and Constance Bennett took over from the 1927 choices of Veidt and Belle Bennett (no kin). Even then, Hays felt Metro’s version, with another Bennett (no kin), was more dangerous than the play itself - because the horizontal Laura, wasn’t punished enough! The New York Times simply found it a disappointing audible pictorial version of Eugene Walter's old play” and critic Mordaunt Hall suggested “when Mr Menjou indulges in forced acting one appreciates that he is carrying out the director's instructions.When the film played Alberta, it was in such a censor-slashed mess that it appeared as if reels were being shown out of order.

  2.  Bela Lugosi, Dracula, 1931.    Universal boss “Uncle Carl” Laemmle selected the German Hans Walter Conrad Weidt as the vampire, directed by Paul Leni.  Then, Tod Browning took over. With the Hungarian Be'la Ferenc Dezso Blasko.
  3. Robert Morley, Marie-Antoinette, 1937.    When MGM production chief Irving Thalberg could not land Charles Laughton for Louis XVI, he spun through such possible royals as Veidt, John Gielgud, Cedric Hardwicke, Oscar Homolka. Every accent except French!




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