... you can learn from:
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Mildred: Wally, you should be kept on a leash!Now why can't you be friendly?Wally: But I am being friendly!Mildred: No, I mean it.Friendship's much more lasting than love.Wally: Yeah, but it isn't as entertaining.
The astonishment of Joan Crawford entered this Earthly realm on this day in the year 1906, and one hundred and eleven years later we're still under her
eyebrows spell. What are we thinking of Jessica Lange's performance on Feud?
I think she's terrific - it's never an imitation so much as it is getting at a general spirit of Joan-ness, but she does that and then some. During this past week's episode I had to go grab my copy of Joan's book My Way of Life off the shelf and flip through it, so strong had her vibes permeated the house. It was like a seance... or, more accurately, an exorcism.
I have a question for you wonderful people out there who know movies, though: I know Joan's late work fairly well, from the 40s onward, but I'd love to see more of her early work - she goes back to the Silents! (In the year 1926 she acted in a film titled The Boob and a film titled Tramp Tramp Tramp, which is probably the best double-feature I have ever heard of.)
So what's Cannot Miss from her early years?