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Alexis Smith (1921-1993)

  1. Claire James, Navy Blues, 1941.     The Flame Girl (as Warners called her - ugh!)    quit The Navy Blues Sextet, the USoldiers’ choice of the six most beautiful women, because of Dive Bomber, 1941. Not that any of this should intrigue you... “There are so many more interesting things to think about,” Alexis said, “than whether Ida Lupino or Jane Wyman got the roles I should have gotten.”   Well, I can hardly agree with that, lady...!
  2. Olivia De Havilland, Princess O’Rourke, 1942.      Change of the incognito Euro-princess fleeing WWII and  falling for an American Everyman. Like an early draft for  Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman  Holiday ten years later.  "I was pretty much a utility girl at Warners. Anything Ann Sheridan or Ida Lupino or Jane Wyman didn't want to do, I sort of fell heir to.  People frequently feel it was a shame Warner typecast me, but I don't believe that. I believe I typecast myself. I wasn't creative."
  3. Arlene Dahl, My Wild Irish Rose, 1947.   Change of Broadway star Lilian Russell in the slice of old Blarney as  Buffalo’s  Chauncey Olcott and his songbook get "abused," said the New York Times, "for purposes of a conventional movie musical." Dirk Bogarde referred to Alexis as "Fun, professional, loyal, and courageous" and "The days are brighter for knowing her."
  4. Patricia Neal, The Fountainhead, 1948.   First, Mervyn LeRoy was to direct Barbara Stanwyck opposite Humphrey Bogart. By ’48, director King Vidor switched Bogie to join - of course - Bacall.  Next, Gary Cooper and Bacall.  Except Betty quit. After rejecting Smith, Bette Davis, Greta Garbo and Ida Lupino, head brother Jack Warner took a chance on the young Neal. Cooper objected. Warner insisted. Result : Cooper and Neal promptly had an affair.
  5. Julie London, Return of the Frontierman, 1949.     There was much London calling after Smith refused point-blank to play Janie Martin in the Western programmer. She was immediately suspended by the brothers Warner and moved on into a singing career - Cry Me A River, etc. She was a torch singer inasmuch as every guy carried a torch for her.
  6. Nina Foch, The Ten Commandments, 1954.

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