Joan Crawford (March 23, ca. 1904 – May 10, 1977), born Lucille Fay LeSueur, in San Antonio, Texas.
Lucille LeSueur’s parents separated before she was born. By age 16 she had three different stepfathers, one of whom (a vaudeville theater manager) had given her the name Billie Cassin. By 1915 she, her brother Hal and their mother lived in Kansas City, and Billie worked in a laundry with her mother and also as a menial to pay school tuition. Winning an amateur dance contest in 1923 led to chorus work in Chicago, Detroit and New York. On New Year’s Day of 1925 she left for Hollywood. Before her second picture, a Photoplay contest led to the name Joan Crawford. With Our Dancing Daughters (1928) she became a star. She had a string of successes playing socialites or rags-to-riches shop girls, most notably as Crystal Allen in The Women (1939). She stayed with MGM for 18 years, signing with Warners in 1943. Mildred Pierce (1945) was a defining role and won her an Oscar. All of these movies I have seen and are definitely some of her best work!! I’m a huge fan of Joan’s early work and look so I hope you enjoy this little collection. 🙂
First let me wow you with the cast: Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, John Barrymore. Let me allow you to soak in this greatness.
Basically this movie is about a group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas. John, who is the resident hotel thief and gambler, has a brief flirtation with Joan who is at the hotel on business as a stenographer, only to quickly fall head over heals in love with Greta, a world famous ballerina. Joan gives a great performance, her eyes and smile dazzle you, Greta, with her silent film background, is very passionate and communicates so much about her character just in facial expressions and body language. You really get a feel her anguish. I loved Johns character because he was devilishly handsome and flirtatious. He was also a gentleman and played this diverse part well.
This is a great look into luxury travel in the past, and the different characters you would come in contact with during your travel adventures. As I like to say, a must see!!
I hope you take my word for it and give it a try!!
This sounds absolutely wonderful!! What a great selection of movies to watch in wonderful Old Pasadena. I am a huge fan of Pasadena and their events. I have NEVER been disappointed!! Come one, come all!!
The Old Pasadena Film Festival, a four-week, free movie series, returns July 5 – 27. This mostly outdoor film festival celebrates motion picture in all of its forms, showcasing a variety of audience-pleasing movie titles and genres. With twenty screenings, the Old Pasadena Film Festival is the largest open-air film festival in California. The Old Pasadena Film Festival gives attendees the unique experience of enjoying four weeks of award-winning cinema in unique outdoor spaces.
All Old Pasadena Film Festival screenings are free and open to the public. Arrive early for best seating at One Colorado Courtyard and Distant Lands, where chairs are provided. Bring your own chairs and blanket to Central Park screenings.
For a full schedule of what films are playing what days, directions, and any additional information, please click below:
Joan Crawford is one of my favorite actresses of all time. She has played many different types of roles but always sucks you into her character. If you were supposed to love her, you did, if you were supposed to hate her and cringe at her catty ways, you did. I was going to try and pick my favorite Joan Crawford movie but I just couldn’t. I love early Joan and her barely there eyebrows. There is something about early cinema that give me chills and I watch in nostalgic awe the fashions and mind states of the characters involved. To list a few of early Joan Crawford movies I think should be on everyone’s cinema bucket list I would have to say the following in no particular order as I can’t chose which I like more!
Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)
Grand Hotel (1932)
The Women (1939) an absolute must if you are going through a breakup.
Mildred Pierce (1945)
and of course Whatever happened to Baby Jane (1962)
All can be found on the IMDB link provided. She stared in plenty of other movies and my Joan journey still continues, feel free to suggest your own Joan favorite!