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Miriam Hopkins on TCM…

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES

Lady With Red Hair (1940)

 

 Miriam Hopkins as Mrs. Leslie Carter

TCM

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

1:30 a.m. Pacific
4:30 a.m. Eastern

  

In the wee hours of tomorrow morning, Turner Classic Movies is showing the Miriam Hopkins bio-pic, The Lady with Red Hair (1940) with co-star Claude Rains. There are top-notch performances from the cast, along with quality production values and an outstanding directorial effort by Kurt Bernhardt, which are the distinctive features of this screen recreation of the career of stage actress, Mrs. Leslie Carter.

 

The film embraces the life of Mrs. Carter from the time of her famous divorce trial in Chicago, in which she lost the custody of her son, through her determination to become an actress to earn the money needed to reopen the fight for her child, her storming of the Belasco citadel, his creation of her success and the violent break between them, to their ultimate reconciliation, at the crucial moment of her career.

   

 

 

 

 

THE REAL

Mrs. Leslie Carter

(1862-1937)

 

Mrs. Leslie Carter (née Caroline Louise Dudley) was born in 1862 in Louisville, Kentucky, and died in 1937 in Santa Monica, California. Termed the “Bernhardt of America” at the turn of the century, Mrs. Carter was an international stage star of the “emotional” school of acting. She achieved her greatest fame in a quartet of plays produced between 1895 and 1905 under the direction of Director/Playwright David Belasco.

 

As the tempestuous Mrs. Carter, Miriam Hopkins gives a vivid and fascinating portrayal in an exacting and difficult role. But it is Claude Rains, who, for his magnificent and powerful delineation of the tempermental David Belasco, that top performance honors are accorded. Superlative too is Helen Westley’s portrait of the hard-boiled proprietress of a theatrical boarding house who knows all the answers.

   

 

While researching my biography of the life of Miriam Hopkins, I delved through the Warner Bros. Archives and came across the daily production log sheets that were kept during the making of “Lady with Red Hair.” Reproduced below is a one-day report during that production:

 

 

 

 

WARNER BROS. PICTURES, INC.

BURBANK, CALIFORNIA

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 INTER-OFFICE COMMUNICATION

 

 

 

To Mr. T. C. Wright

From Mr. Eric Stacey

Date: October 3, 1940

Subject: #326 “LADY WITH RED HAIR”

 

Report for 10-2-40:

 

 

Bernhardt company with a 9:00 o’clock call in the PRIVATE DINING ROOM, obtained their first shot at 9:15AM and finished shooting at 6:20PM, covering one scene, 6 added scenes, 3’47” in time, 16 set-ups and 5-1/2 pages of dialogue.

 

As already reported, Miss HOPKINS failed to show for work this morning and company has been moved to Vitagraph where they will endeavor to pick up a few shots involving RAINS and JOHN LITEL in the last sequence, which is still being rewritten. We have the writer, Charles Kenyon, over at Vitagraph to keep Bernhardt straight.

 

I have just talked with Miss HOPKINS who will not be in for the balance of the day, and will not even come in for fittings. In the event she does not report for work tomorrow, FRIDAY, will remain at Vitagraph and shoot audience reactions, using 125 people. This will be a full day’s work and then also shoot one page of BACKSTAGE – Murray Production sequence – not involving Miss HOPKINS. The scene just came out this morning, OCTOBER 3RD.

 

This delay will put us one more day behind, and cannot hope to complete the picture before WEDNESDAY, 10/9, which will be 14 days behind schedule, with two additional days, THURSDAY and FRIDAY, for Montages and audience reactions, to be made by Siegel.

 

Production 10-1/2 days behind.

 

ERIC STACY

 

ES-FS

 

VERBAL MESSAGES CAUSE MISUNDERSTANDING AND DELAYS

(PLEASE PUT THEM IN WRITING)

 

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