Mary Beth Hughes

  1. Betty Grable, A Yank in the RAF, 1940.       The platinum blonde singer from many a hardboiled ‘40s B thriller was to be the Yank’s girl  – a song-and-dancer – until head Fox Darryl  Zanuck has the lightbulb flash of pairing  Fox’s top female and male stars. Grable and Tyrone Power. And making sure he avoided even a heroic death at the end… 
  2. Mary Howard Swamp Water, 1941.      Head Fox Darryl F Zanuck tested MBH as Hannah in Jean Renoir’s first US film sine fleeing his Nazi-occupied France. As usual, Hollywood had scant respect for anyone who was better than Hollywood. .Zanuck dared complain that the master réalisateur of La Grande Illusion, La bête humaine La règle du jeu, revered as the greatest film-maker by Chaplin and Welles, was too slow!! He was fired, then asked to stay. Soon as the film was finished, Renoir quit Fox. “He’s not one of us,” said DFZ. Bah! On the Oscar night of April 8, 1975, he received an honorary Academy Award for his career. One of his stars, Ingrid Bergman, picked it up for him. I know because I was there.

  3. Lynn Bari, The Magnificent Dope, 1941. Or The Beautiful Dope when the Diana Dors-ish MBH and George Montgomery (The Cowboy and the Lady of 1940) were announced for what went on to be Lazy GalahadStrictly Dynamite , The Magnificent Jerk and The Magnificent Stupe… before co-starring Lynn Bari and Henry Fonda.   MBH caught up with Fonda the following year for his (dn Clint Eastwood’s) favourite The Ox-Bow Incident   – and 20 years later for an episode of his Western series, The Deputy.

 Birth year: 1919Death year: 1995Other name: Casting Calls:  3