Listen: Vidor Freddie, Ernest Moss, Hollywood discussed on You Must Remember This
"Freddie couldn't find another job right away. So she economize d- she got rid of her maid and moved into cheap apartment above a kindly English couples garage. She eventually got a two picture deal at the minor studio, Tiffany. She wanted to write serious pictures, historical epochs. She had written one hundred fifty page treatment on the life of Goya that she couldn't sell. But the films she had worked on that had actually been made had been light flapper comedies and in the Hollywood of the nineteen twenties much like Hollywood of any era studios weren't in business to help a writer, expand her brand. After some lean months, Freddie was happy for the work at Tiffany, but she was disillusioned with screenwriting in general and started fantasizing about quitting the business, moving back to New York or up to San Francisco and trying her hand at short stories. And van at a business lunch at Musso and Frank's grill where she was enjoying her usual order of the mushroom souffle omelettes Frederica Sagar met a man named Ernest moss. Actually, they had met before they had both worked at universal in New York at the same time, but they hadn't taken too much notice of one another back then. Now, Ernest who had been a writer and director of documentary films was working as a producer at FOX and Freddie was intrigued. When another meeting brought her to the FOX lot. She found an excuse to drop by Earnest's office. Earnest and Freddie's. First date was another party at the embassador, but this one posted by FOX instead of MGM was less of an orgy, then a family picnic. The couple ended up leaving to go to a burlesque club with John Ford and his wife, Mary, and then Ernest and Freddie drove around together until after dawn. They ended up at Freddie's apartment together and with the exception of notable separation, they were together for the next sixty year. They married an August nineteen, twenty seven and Freddie was so in love that she put her potential career change on hold. He restored my faith in the glamorous motion picture business. She later wrote an I began to view it again with renewed hope that effort and dedication would bring though just for wards. Unfortunately, not long after their marriage, Ernest found himself at the helm of totally misbegotten project. And when the dust settled, he had been fired from FOX, the newlyweds began writing movies together. And at first they had no trouble selling their scripts. But none of their sold scripts were made into movies and they failed to find a studio that would hire them as a screenwriting team. So they took what they could get Freddie took assignments on her own writing a scenario here for FOX, putting in a year as a script doctor on clear abo- films for paramount there in nineteen twenty eight. The couple moved to New York where Ernest took a job at a story studios and then headed a unit producing sound shorts for paramount. One of the couples collaborations called beef steak. Joe was inspired by Earnest's father and was the story of a restaurant owner who's crush on his wife's sister destroys his life beefsteak. Joe was never made, but a friend of there's a sensually stole the story for a paramount film called the way of all flesh. This film, starred Email, yawning as Bank manager. But otherwise the story details were the same, the Mazdas protested to paramount where the movie was being made. But this kind of thing happened all the time and they couldn't sue because if they did all of their hopes of ever working in Hollywood would disappear for Freddie that ambition had already waned worn down by one disappointment after another, and the prevailing feeling that she was being cheated out of what she deserved. And had earned. She told her husband that she wanted to quit the business and wanted him to quit too. But I still had his ambition and so- Freddie put aside her own career and focused on supporting her husband's. But there wasn't much to supports the stock market crashed and the mosses lost ten thousand dollars. They returned to Los Angeles and spent four years barely working like many writers artists and intellectuals during the depression. They began questioning capitalism and subscribe to a number of socialist publications. They went back to New York and worked briefly as theater critics by spring of nineteen thirty seven Freddie was frustrated to the point of needing to force a change. She told her nest that she was going back to Hollywood alone. He told her that if she did it, it would be grounds for divorce. She went anyway. She didn't want to split up, but she needed to do something. In Hollywood Freddie was on the verge of signing a deal with Republic pictures to develop a screwball comedy. She had pitched them called a Bill of goods, but the contracts they offered her guaranteed only two weeks of employment after which point the idea would belong to the studio and Freddie could legally be shown Vidor Freddie dead, the two weeks of work, but refused to sign the contract. At the end of fourteen days, she told her supervisor that he could have the outline she had produced if they offered her better terms, they wouldn't, and she walked away. It was a kind of victory. She had failed to grovel for crumbs the way she was expected to. But the experience left Freddie feeling more disillusioned then ever chewed attempt to write other ideas that could be pitched to other studios. But she started to feel like there was no point one way or another. She was bound to get screwed. She contemplated suicide. She actually turned on the oven with the intention of putting her head in its, but she decided that would be selfish a cop-out. Instead she sent her strange husband telegram it read darling, please return to Los Angeles without further ado, I need you."