Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Marie and Lionel (and Sidney)

Marie Dressler on the set of her penultimate film, Dinner at Eight, with Lionel Barrymore and below on the set of her last film, Christopher Bean, again with Lionel Barrymore. In Dinner with Eight she plays a high society dame, in Christopher Bean a maid. The latter is unavailable on DVD. It was based on the play The Late Christopher Bean by Sidney Howard who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1925 for They Knew What they Wanted and would become the first person awarded an Oscar posthumously when he received the 1939 Oscar for Best Screenplay for Gone With the Wind. He was only 48 when he was killed three and a half months before GWTW's premiere in an accident on his farm. His tractor had been left in gear and when he went to the front to crank it, it drove him into the wall and crushed him.

Click on the above pics for very large versions, from the archives.