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Kay Francis (1899-1868)

  1. Jeannette MacDonald, One Hour With You, 1932.  Maurice Chevalier wanted either Carole Lombard or "Fwancis" as she lisped it. Director Ernst Lubitsch  persuaded him to accept a second teaming with MacDonald. In the 1933 Living in Velvet comedy. George Brent got Kay to say a ORDIcfamous tongue twister.  She was a good sport and let it out as:  "Awound the wugged wocks the wagged wascals wan."
  2. Bebe Daniels, 42nd Street, 1932. Unavailable as Ernst Lubitsch's Trouble In Paradise developed troubles.  But whoever finally won Dorothy Brock - Francis or Ruth Chatterton - knew well their co-star, George Brent.  He would make  six movies with Kay and four with Ruith - and wed her. For two years. (The Irishman also made 11 films with a one-time lover, Bette Davis).
  3. Barbara Stanwyck, A Lost Lady, 1933.    Francis was first chosen for the woman with too many men  in her life.  A  murdered fiance, a lawyer husband, a young guy  and a pilot landing his plane in her garden. All wrapped up in 61 minutes. TV soaps spend years relating the same garbage.
  4. Bette Davis, The Golden Arrow, 1935.   Francis  refused to be ice cream heiress Daisy Appleby(first title was Cream Princess)  making this another  of the eleven Bette Davis-George Brent couplings.  Davis was not happy about it. She agreed to certain re-takes then fled to London – and was promptly sued by Warner Bros for breach of contract.
  5. Claudette Colbert, Tovarich, 1937.    Warners bought it for her, yet her salary was too high at $227,500 for her fading   allure.   And new O-Kays were   coming up strong.   One, in particular...
  6. Bette Davis, The Sisters, 1937. Myron Brinig’s novel  was bought by head brother Jack Warner for Francis to play Louise. .. and nearly made with Irene Dunne or Ginger Rogers. Finally, Davis became available… and Francis was ordered into the Davis reject, Comet Over Broadway. If norhung else, the Davis name saved the original anmd poster billing of: Errol Flynn in The Sisters!
  7. Bette Davis, Juarez, 1938.    Kay campaigned to be Empress Carlotta but her 15 minutes were up.   Warners dumped her into B-movies at $4,000 a week.
  8. Bette Davis, Dark Victory, 1938.    Gloria Swanson found the story, The Second Mrs Draper, about a socialite going blind with a brain tumour. "Can't be any good if Selznick wants to sell it," said the Columbia czar Harry Cohn. Swanson quit Tinseltown for New York.  Garbo was keen, sniffing Oscar on the horizon.  Idem for Stanwyck and Merle Oberon. Warner Bros bought it for Miriam Hopkins or Kay Francis..  But Davis made sure it was her’s - it was herfavourite role and third Oscar nomination in five years. Although the head Brother Jack Warner had insisted  “no one wanted to see someone go blind.”  Hah! Warner built three new sound stages with the profits.
  9. Mary Astor, Brighgam Young, 1939.   Casting suggestions of head Fox Darryl Zanuck were not always followed - or possible. And so, Astor, not Francis,  won Mary Ann Young, among the 1844 Mormons seeking the promised land of… Salt Lake City! 
  10. Constance Bennett, Madame X, 1966.    Like Myrna Loy, she rejected the notion of being Lana Turner's mother!


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