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Lupe Velez (1908-1944)

  1. Helen Hayes,  The Son-Daughter, 1932.   The first plan was the French Jacques Feyder directing Velez as the titular Lien Wha.  Then, Clarence Brown helming Anna May Wong. No, said the suits, she’s "too Chinese to play a Chinese"! No, really.  Finally, MGM chose the First Lady of the American Theatre Helen Hayes. Too Caucasian. Like all the other Chinese characters: HB Warner, Ramon Novarro, Werner Oland, Lewis Stone
  2. Bette Davis, Bordertown, 1934.   Archie Mayo directed - as Archie L Mayo, if you please.  Warner Bros produced. But Paul Muni being Paul effin’ Muni could choose his own leading lady.   He juggled Velez and Carole Lombard, however  Bette was all the rage after Of Human Bondage.
  3. Pola Negri, Hi Diddle Diddle,1942.    Lupe’s burlesque queen became Constance Bennett’s nightclub singer  (but not when she heard her songs were going to be dubbed) and, finally, Negri’s cabaret chanteuse. The ex-silent star’s next film was The Moon-Spinners… in 1963.

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