Shirley Temple Stories

Written by Stephen Schochet

Whenrepparttar Twentieth Century Pictures company had their expensive merger withrepparttar 124163 Fox Film Corporation in 1935, studio head Daryl Zanuck was depending on two contract stars to pullrepparttar 124164 new company through its money troubles. Tragedy struckrepparttar 124165 same year when Will Rogers died in a plane crash in Alaska. Zanuck turned his financial burden onrepparttar 124166 shoulders of six year old Shirley Temple (she was actually seven but wouldn't find that out till she was twelve).

Fox had signed her in 1933, a bad year for Hollywood with record numbers of movie theaters closing throughoutrepparttar 124167 country. Her ability to sing and dance was off-putting to some scouts atrepparttar 124168 studio who called her,"a precocious little monster". Later when she became their chief financial assetrepparttar 124169 attitude aroundrepparttar 124170 lot changed. One time little Shirley walked intorepparttar 124171 commissary and was picked up by a friendly executive," How are you doing sweetheart?" The room went quiet. Everyone was staring. If he dropped her, everyone there could lose their job. Very gently he put her down and backed away.

In real life Shirleyrepparttar 124172 actress longed to have a normal existence, so Zanuck made her yearn forrepparttar 124173 same onrepparttar 124174 big screen. Depression era audiences fell in love with her determination and optimism. Because her films required no great special effects, locations or famous co-stars, they made enormous profits making her perhapsrepparttar 124175 most valuable movie star a studio ever had, which occasionally caused resentment. She once had a scene with Lionel Barrymore who flubbed a line then screamed bloody murder when she corrected him. Another time she worked with Adolph Menjou who leftrepparttar 124176 set cursing," That little blankety blank is making a monkey out of me." Not everyone felt that way. Her dancing partner in The Little Colonel (1935), Bill "Bojangles" Robinson often held hands with Shirley as they walked together throughrepparttar 124177 Fox lot. And John Ford who resented Daryl Zanuck assigning him to direct Shirley in Wee Willie Winkie (1937) came to respectrepparttar 124178 child's work ethic. Zanuck rightly blamed Ford's bad influence when Shirley started to addressrepparttar 124179 short mogul as "Uncle Pipsqueak."

She was a highly merchandised fad. She could have retired onrepparttar 124180 sales of Shirley Temple dolls alone. Once Director Alan Dwan was speeding to Twentieth Century Fox when he was pulled over by a policeman. "Ok buddy where'srepparttar 124181 fi-- Say! Is that one of those Shirley Temple police badges on your passenger seat? My daughter would kill for one of those. OK buddy, give me one of those badges and we'll forgetrepparttar 124182 whole thing."

Ten Percent Of Jimmy Stewart

Written by Stephen Schochet

Jimmy Stewart was seen one night in 1933 in New York performing on stage as a female impersonator by an MGM talent scout. He was signed to a contract to come to California to work forrepparttar prestigious studio. Studio Head Louis B. Mayer expressed doubt when he first saw him,"He's so skinny! A beanpole." Efforts were made to put weight on him,repparttar 124162 133 pound actor was constantly sharing butterfingers candy bars with Ann Miller which seemed to fatten her up more than him.

If Mayer was unimpressed by his new star's physique, his behavior was a refreshing change compared to some ofrepparttar 124163 prima donnas at MGM likerepparttar 124164 usually drunk Spencer Tracy, orrepparttar 124165 demanding to be alone allrepparttar 124166 time Greta Garbo. Stewart never complained about his salary or workload. Whateverrepparttar 124167 task be it screen tests or B-movies, he was always on time and knew his lines, although sometimes his trademark stammering lead to extra takes. If they loaned him to a lesser studio like Columbia, he was just happy to be working. Slowly, inrepparttar 124168 late thirties with great performances in Frank Capra movies like You Can't Take It With You (1938) and Mr. Smith Goes To Washington(1939), Stewart's star rose as didrepparttar 124169 respect for his talent. He became known as a swinging lady's man around town. Mayer was surprised and delighted by his Academy Award forrepparttar 124170 Philadelphia Story (1940) as well as his humble gesture of sendingrepparttar 124171 Oscar statue home to Indiana, Pa. for his father to display inrepparttar 124172 Stewart family hardware store.

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