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Friday, April 07, 2006

Masquerade and Costume Ball

Clifton Webb as Mandarin, Marlene Dietrich as Leda and Elizabeth Allan as Dietrich, at a 1935 costume party. Lillian Roth as Katherine, one of Henry the Eighth's wives, and Kay Johnson as the title character in Madame Satan 1930. Katherine Hepburn as a silver moth in Christopher Strong 1933.
Many thanks to MichaelE for the images.


Blogger Mariana said...

Katherine Hepburn said in a tv biography that the only reason she wanted to do that movie was so she could wear that fabulous dress.

8:29 PM  
Blogger jtk said...

The movie had a lot going for it, Dorothy Arzner, Bert Glennon, Zoe Atkins, Hepburn, Colin Clive, Billie Burke and Helen Chandler, but Hepburn wearing that fabulous dress is the most memorable part of the film.

12:07 AM  
Blogger Harry "broadcastellan" Heuser said...

Marlene sure puts the swan in soignée. Would you have recognized one of Henry VIII's wives in that number? Well, leave it to Adrian and Mitchell Leisen (who suffered a nervous breakdown assistant-directing Madam Satan) to give history a fashion makeover!

5:44 AM  
Blogger jtk said...

She sure does, and she puts the leg in elegant. I did not know about Mitchell Leisen having a nervous breakdown during Madam Satan. Did he not also have a breakdown after The Big Broadcast of 1937?

9:26 PM  

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