Sunday, July 08, 2007

Anyway, last night watched some of the Hal Roach movies on TCM. "There Goes My Heart" had one real quirk: in a secondary part was Nancy Carroll. This was in 1937... a few years before (1930-34), Nancy Carroll was a big star, and she made several films co-starring with Fredric March. Here he was, playing the lead (a newspaper reporter, a gloss on his part in "Nothing Sacred"), opposite Virginia Bruce, and there was Nancy Carroll, who had been his leading lady on movies like "Laughter", reduced to a supporting part. (And not even the second lead, which went to Patsy Kelly.)

That's typical of Hollywood, rather than this hideous continue-to-be-a-star-until-you-croak syndrome that was really defined by Joan Crawford.


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