The Private Affairs of Bel Ami (1947)

Based on the Guy de Maupassant novel Bel Ami published in 1885, The Private Affairs of Bel Ami is the story of an unmitigated cad and his insatiable quest for money and power and women. Curiously, the film is serene, tasteful, sometimes even bland, surely in the service of the Production Code which was still in effect at the time.

Marie Prevost in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Just under 16 minutes into The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), at Harry Pebbel’s office, the George Hurrell portrait of Marie Prevost can be seen above Harry’s fireplace, to the top center on this screencap, just over Walter Pidgeon’s shoulder: (Also: Heh heh, the statue of an eagle behind Walter gives him horns. Oh, symbolism,…

Secret Life of Objects: Female & Footlight Parade

Back in April, I briefly blogged about Female (1933), and a kind commenter mentioned that the swimming pool at Alison’s ridiculously amazing home was the set used in Footlight Parade. The “By a Waterfall” set in Footlight Parade: A close-up of the set just in front of the fountain as it appeared in Female: They…