Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mildred Pierce - On TCM today!


Ann Blyth and Joan Crawford face off again in Mildred Pierce (1945) today on Turner Classic Movies, 9:30 a.m. ET.  From my book on Ann's career -- Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star.:

He had not wanted the “goody-goody” Ann for the role of the evil daughter Veda, either, and need not have considered her when a vast number of young starlets were clamoring for the role.  Ann’s agent, Al Rockett campaigned on her behalf, insisting that she be allowed to test.  In a most unusual occurrence, established star Joan made the test with her.  As quoted by Joan C. Scrivani in her article on Mildred Pierce for Scarlet Street, 1994, Joan remembered:

“I was there when Ann came in.  She was so lovely that my first reaction was she’s too sweet; she’ll never be able to play the bitchy scenes.  But we read together and she was wonderful.  Then we tested together.  Ann was perfect.  She was the right age, the right type, a superb actress and singer.”

The test was directed by Michael Curtiz.  Ann remembered for an interview with Jessie Lilley in Scarlet Street:

“We took scenes from the movie as though we were actually shooting the movie.  We just didn’t read for the part; we filmed the test.”


Curtiz later told her, “in his wonderful Hungarian accent, (imitating him) ‘Don’t worry Annie. You haff de part.’” 

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