Saturday, September 29, 2012
On the left: Elsie Hitz, actress and radio personality of the 1930s, shown here with Thelma Marsh, a young Broadway actress hired to be Hitz's understudy in the popular CBS radio show of 1933, 'The Magic Voice.' Marsh, 'Radio's First Understudy'--according to the photo caption--was selected after many auditions because 'her voice most nearly duplicated that of Miss Hitz.' To judge by the sultry looks being exchanged here, she and Hitz seem to be duplicating in other ways too.
Elsie Hitz was said to have the 'most beautiful speaking voice on the air' in the early 1930s. She also starred in Dangerous Paradise, a radio adventure serial in which she and the actor Nick Dawson played two castaways shipwrecked on a desert island. What happened to Thelma is a mystery.
Posted by Terry Castle at 12:51 PM
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Monday, September 17, 2012
Likewise fascinating: "In the opinion of the press, she filtered with personalities as Tyrone Power, William Holden, Orson Welles, Omar Sharif, George DeWitt, Jimenez and Fidel Castro; despite of this she never married." You can see her filtering here, but also why she found the mens disappointing.
Posted by Terry Castle at 8:14 PM
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The scene itself has a certain dramatic charm. Who's the old guy with the strange gray box? And what's the bigger kid--the one caught in jaunty contrapposto--telling him? Is that the mother leaning on the back of the passenger seat of the car? The little brother standing on the hose is nothing less than one's beau idéal-- then and now.
Posted by Terry Castle at 10:07 PM
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
'Mac Fric' turns out to be Martin Fric---Czech actor/director/writer involved in 132 movies (almost all released only in Czechoslovakia) between 1922 and 1969. Advokatka Vera ('Lawyer Vera') is apparently a comedy from 1937. No, I haven't seen it. Other Fric flicks sound oddly enticing: Tears the World Can't See, Condemned from Pinktown, The Star Called Wormwood, Dogs' Heads, Winter Sports Champions, and Meritorious Artist Terezie Brzková.
Posted by Terry Castle at 10:38 PM
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Somewhat aghast, though: despite all briefings to the contrary, the Bayreuth Parsifal audience did clap at the end of the first act. Whatever happened to absurd yet venerable Festspielhaus customs?
Posted by Terry Castle at 9:31 PM