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Larraine Day (1920-2007)

 

  1. Ruth Hussey, Northwest Passage, 1940.    When MGM snapped up the Kenneth Roberts novel in 1937. WS Van Dyke was due to direct Larraine, Wallace Beery,  Robert Taylor and Spencer Tracy,  Spence, alone, made it to the King Vidor version with Walter Brennan, Hussey and Robert Young.  
  2. Betty Field, King's Row, 1941.    Ida Lupino (and Olivia de Havilland rejected the neurotic Cassandra that Bette Davis craved. Day, Katharine Hepburn, Marsha Hunt, Priscilla Lane, Joan Leslie, Adele Longmire, Susan Peters were also seen for “the town they talk of in whispers,” full of murder, sadism, depravity  And worse that had to be axed from Henry Bellamann’s 1940 novel: sex (premarital),  sex (gay), incest, suicide...  Peyton Place 16 years before Peyton Place!
  3. Donna Reed,  Mokey, 1941.     Change of Dan Dailey’s wife - and stepmother of young Mokey, created in short stories by Jennie Harris Oliver.  Something of a US Just William. Except mischief was due to neglectful elders.  He was played by Bobby Blake - the future Robert Blake.
  4. Ruth Hussey, Tennessee Johnson, 1941.  Day and Martha Scott were on several lists for Eliza McCardle, the teenager ( !) who married the then teenage subject of this biopic. Van Heflin portrayed Andrew Johnson, 17th US President, after the 1865 assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
  5. Olive Blakeney, Experiment Perilous, 1943.  “Life is short,” said Hippocrates, “art is long, decision difficult, and experiment perilous.” So was the period thriller, although Jacques Tourneur fans adore it.
  6. Katharine Hepburn, Undercurrent, 1945.  The reason why Day quit MGM…   Famous as Nurse Lamont in the Dr Kildare movies, she was told that if she joined the Womens Army Corps (with Susan Peters and Lana Turner), she would be given the wife suspecting her husband was trying to kill her in Undercurrent. Day became a WAC and then Metro whacked her - giving the thriller to Hepburn. Day moved straight to RKO - “the parts were better!” - and completed 46 more screen roles (78 in all) before retiring in 1986.
  7. Donna Reed, It’s A Wonderful Life, 1946.
  8. Lana Turner, Green Dolphin Street, 1946.    The game plan in May 1945 was Day and Gregory Peck for the turgid romance, set in New Zealand, amid earthquakes and Maori uprisings.  They became Turner and Van Heflin.
  9. Barbara Stanwyck, Sorry, Wrong Number, 1947. The first choice for the invalided Leona Stevenson was busy – as Kirk Douglas’ My Dear Secretary.
  10. Hedy Lamarr, Samson and Delilah, 1948.    The 1935 plan had been Miriam Hopkins. Now, apart from such inevitables as Rita Hayworth and Lana Turner, pompous director CB DeMille had some bizarre notions for his Delilah. The veteran Day, song ’n’ dancer Betty Hutton, demure Nancy Olson and the way too young Jean Simmons (19).  Most of their studios were not interested in any loan deals. Or not with CB. His film might be such a huge hit that their actress would improve her status and demand more pay from her home studio contract!




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