Here we go again, a movie where Natalie is listed 3rd on the cast list, only to be in the movie for a couple short scenes. To be honest I can’t even say she did a great job, her lines were really short, over all the whole movie was kind of slow, a lot of pauses between lines, it felt awkward. It was a typical Natalie Moorhead movie, William Collier Jr. stars as an amateur boxer with a sweetheart, they get married he makes the big time, starts messing around with Natalie, the couple splits, he dumps Natalie and the couple ends up happy. Like I said typical Natalie playing the bad other woman, she did ok with what she had but other than looking great this movie really didn’t offer much. One thing I found interesting is the outfit she is wearing when we first see her, didn’t I see her wear that same outfit in another boxing movie she did “The Big Chance”? Although this movie is from 1932 and the Big Chance is from 1933, maybe they were being filmed at the same time, then again since both of these movies are poverty row films, maybe she used her own clothes, no one is listed as costume designer, this isn’t the first time she has worn the same dress in multiple films, interesting.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
This was one of Natalie’s last movies, and she was only in it for a few seconds, but she did have a few lines, so not a total waste of time. The funny or sad thing (depends on who you ask) is that Bette Davis is the star, it wasn’t that long ago when the roles were reversed. Supposedly during the filming of “Menace” Natalie and Bette didn’t get along, Bette said Natalie was rude and trying to upstage her. Natalie was the veteran at that time and Bette the up and comer, now in this movie Bette was a super star and Natalie’s career was all but over. This was a period movie, and it was really odd to see Natalie in period clothes and hair style, nothing like the ultra streamlined art deco goddess she was in the early 30’s, but still gorgeous.
Monday, June 11, 2012
What happened between 1940 and 1942 are unclear, but in 1942 she married Chicago Parks Commissioner Robert J. Dunham, they would remained married until his death in 1949. Again it is unclear what she did or where she lived from 1949 to 1957, but in 1957 she married former soccer star and Spanish actor Juan Garchitorena(Torena). They met in the 30’s at the home of Doris Kenyon, and work together at various studios, they somehow got together in the 50’s and were married in Beverly Hills. They traveled and lived in Europe for a time then returned to California and settled in Montecito, a suburb of Santa Barbara. They would remained married until 1983 when Juan Torena died, and Natalie Moorhead would pass away on October 6, 1992, still in Montecito.