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Barabara Bel Geddes (1922-2005)

  1. Anne Baxter, Guest in the House, 1944.    After Broadway and USO tours (in Junior Miss),  Barbara tested for her first movie.  And lost. She also  lost films of her Broadway hits to Marilyn Monroe, Debbie Reynolds, Liz Taylor.
  2. Alida Valli, The Miracle of the Bells, 1947.   Bel Geddes, Joan Fontaine, Greer Garson, Jennifer Jones and ballerina Ricky Soma were in the mix for the Polish actress dying upon completion of her Joan of Ark film in Hollywood. Plus the unknown Jane Garth, who played Joan on-stage. Naturally, the real screen’s next Maid, Ingrid Bergman, was also considered by producer Jesse L Lasky for his surprisingly limp version of Russell Janney’s novel.
  3. Betsy Drake, Every Girl Should Be Married, 1948.     RKO production chief Dore Schary chose Barbara. Wrong, said RKO owner Howard Hughes, you must use my latest signing. A young actress discovered by Hughes pal Cary Grant on the London stage in 1947.  So Betsy won her movie debut about a girl  searching for the perfect husband. And she did just that - marrying her mentor  a few months  later. 
  4. Shirley Temple, Adventure in Baltimore, 1948.  The (tres) Bel Geddes was  not keen on another period piece I Remember Mama, so Temple was borrowed from David O Selznick - and hubby John Agar as her co-star. They  divorced soon after this second  film, together.
  5. Evelyn Keyes, Mrs Mike, 1949.   Mrs Dick was offered  Ms Mike…  Well, of course she was.  June Allyson was wed to the star.  And producer!   (Dick Powell).  Also considered for his Mountie’s Bostonian wife: Barbara Bates, Peggy  Cummins,  Betsy Drake, Joanne Dru,  Diana Lynn. 
  6. Joan Fontaine, Born To Be Bad, 1950.    RKO tried to make Anne Parrish’snoveltwice before. With Fontaine in 1946 and Bel Geddes two years later(as Bed of Roses) when the RKO boss Howard Hughes was not sufficiently aroused by Bel Geddes. “Too plain.”
  7. Eleanor Parker, The Man With The Golden Arm, 1955.   Buying the rights from John Garfield’s estate, producer-director-ogre Otto Preminger defied the Production Code and made a film - not only daring to mention the word “drugs” but dealing with addiction. BBG and Joanne Woodward were early choises for Zosh, wed to Frank Sinatra’s heroin-addled card dealer.
  8. Elizabeth Taylor, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1958.  The toast of Broadway - Bel Geddes and Ben Gazzara - were thumb-downed bv MGM for their glossy and expurgated version of the Tennessee Williams play.  Taylor and Paul Newman did not mesh at first, until realising they were fruit from the same tree. Not great actors, yet knowing, instinctively, how to play to a camera - rarely over-egging it.
  9. Catherine Denueve, Mayerling, 1968.     Director Anatole Litvak chose her for his 1944 re-make of his 1936 movie.  However, all rights were vaulted until 007-maker Terence Young freed them two decades later.


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