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Dorothy Lamour (1914-1996)

  1. Marsha Hunt, College Holiday, 1935.      Lamour was originally Sylvia Smith in this part of Paramount’s silver jubilee year. And it had enough stars: “subdued Jack Benny, exaggerated Martha Raye, restricted Mary Boland, generous Burns and Allen,” said The New York Times critic Frank S Nugent. He was kinder about Hunt’s duets with Leif Erikson.
  2. Joan Crawford, The Women, 1937.       Not yet famous for her sarong, Lamour was invited to join the 150 female roles in the MGM classic. No! She found Crystal “less then desirable.”  In the (all together now: totally unnecessary) re-makes, Crystal was Joan Collins in 1955 and Eva Mendes, 2007.
  3. Rita Hayworth, Blood and Sand, 1940.     In the mix for Fox’s sexiest role of the year - the manipulative socialite vamp, Doña Sol,  toying with Tyrone Power’s matador in the re-hash of Rudolph Valentino’s 1921 silent classic. Also considered:  Lynn Bari, Betty Grable, Hedy Lamarr, Carole Landis, Mona Maris, Maria Montez, Jane Russell and Gene Tierney.  And Ava Gardner?  Not synonymous with bullfighters until the 50s!
  4. Madeleine Carroll, Bahama Passage, 1940.       Shooting in the the British West Indies meant Brits had to have roles. Hence the stunning blonde Carroll trying to melt Sterling Hayden. “She gives it everything she’s got,” noted New York Times critic Bosley Crowther, “while he just stands straight as a mainmast and speaks his lines in truculent monotone.” The original title, Dildo Cay, was changed for some reason.

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