Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Ms. Landis' life is a great subject for a biopic, as I said...
She is most well known for being in that Kenneth Anger book "Hollywood Babylon." with a photo of police finding her crouched over in a very strange way. I recall it was from an overdose. Or sticking her head in the oven. Or both.
She had been having a tempestuous affair with Rex Harrison who was married to Lili Palmer. He was breaking it off with Carole the night he visited her--to tell her. It killed Harrison's career in Hollywood because her death was blamed soley on him, even though Ms Landis had many other life disapointments.
I read a CL bio written by this middle-age classic film nerd like myself. One could buy the rights to that book and then just fill in the rest. There was a rumour that she had been a call girl in San Francisco, for a little while during the time she was striking out on her own. This wasn't nothing to substatiante this as I recall, but it might be something the director/writer would want to fictionalize/speculate in the film.
Anyway, I am so intersted in bio-pics, Landis is a great cult figure along with her co-star in "I Wake Up Screaming" Laird Crager. I love tragic Hollywood true tales. And I have since I was about 9 years old.
I watched a 1941 movie, "I Wake Up Screaming." A very little known, cult, overlooked proto-noir according to Eddie Muller who does the commentary soundtrack. Mr. Muller has written many books on Film Noir. He writes his own pulp fiction noir-ish novels.. In the commentary he talks a lot about the visual style of the film, as well as the fascinating cast which includes Laird Cregar ( The Lodger, This Gun for Hire) Ginger Rogers, Victor Mature and Carole Landis.
The life of Carole Landis would be a fascinating subject to work on a great screenplay bio-pic. Not an Oxygen network type made for TV badness---an excellent biopic. So would Bruce Lee. It would be cool to have the budget to re-create the era. Landis was only 29 when she committed suicide and Burce Lee only 33 when he suffered his fatal brain hemorrhage.