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Elizabeth Allan (1908-1990)

  1. Rosalind Russell, The Citadel, 1938.    When Allan left MGM after three years,  the studio agreed to have her "on call" for two films a year. This was the first. The Hollywood Reporter reported her joining Robert Donat on February 10, 1938. (She beat Geraldine Fitzgerald, Greer Garson,  Vivien Leigh). By March 31, Allen was out, replaced by Russell - replaced in her gig, The Shopworn Angel, by Margaret Sullavan! Allan sued MGM for breach of contract.
  2. Greer Garson, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, 1938.   The British Allan sued MGM after being replaced by Garson. She won the suit, then MGM sued her and won, shredded her contract and then blacklisted her. Ironically, Garson had refused all offers of a Metro contract until given Allan’s role of Kathy Ellis. Allan returned to the UK and continued in films and TV for the next 30 years.
  3. Fay Wray, Shanghai Madness, 1933.   Musical chairs at Fox for Spencer Tracy’s next co-star. First choice Claire Trevor was suddenly switched to a second consecutive George O’Brien vehicle.MGM loaned Allen - who simply walked out on the usually mild-mannered director John G Blystone. Enter (for just a few days)Marion Burns. Finally, with less than a week’s notice, King Kong’s girlfriend became the wild girl called Wildeth.


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