Millicent Patrick, Harpo Marx, Dolly discussed on Fresh Air
Lunchtime Gimblett set the Brown derby, it does not bring to mind slimy swamp creatures were screwball surrealists starring in movies, featuring walking melons, but two new books that retrieve forgotten moments in Hollywood history expand our sense of LA La Land long legacy of magic and bad behavior. Mallory Almeira is a young producer and screenwriter who works in the monster slash horror, genre growing up self-professed monster. Geek, she I watched that nineteen fifty four classic creature from the black lagoon when she was seventeen and she was smitten films in three d black and white. The movie follows a team of archaeologists who search for a prehistoric Fishman rumored to be paddling around in a remote Amazonian pond. Of course, there's a gorgeous woman on the team who becomes romantic fish beat. But as O'Meara says, it's the lonely creature himself sometimes called Gilman, who's the real star curious O'Meara began internet surfing and discovered that a woman design the creatures monster suit, her name was military. Dan, Patrick, and she herself was a raven haired knockout who looked like a movie star? In fact, when the movie was about to premiere Universal Studios sent Millicent on a publicity tour billing her as the beauty who created the beast, but milliseconds powerful male boss was jealous of the attention and insisted that the tour be retitled, the beauty who lives with the beasts making it sound like Millicent with some kind of den mother for the creature along with the mummy and Wolfman even worse. Her boss fired Millicent after the tour because her name appears nowhere in the original credits. Militants accomplishments faded from memory known only to geeks like O'Mara today. Millicent Patrick is the only woman credited with designing a great Holly. He would monster. Marras chatty. Impassioned book the lady from the black lagoon lifts Millicent. Patrick out of the mire of obscurity. There's so much great material here, including Millicent childhood at Hearst castle and her early career as one of Disney's first female animators that her own life story could be a film O'Meara is a dogged researcher and a fierce partisan. She even sports a tattoo of Millicent and the creature on her left forearm. But I must warn readers that this book should be rated. Oh for oh. My god. Where was an editor? O'meara's pros is bogged down in lane jokes and Wikipedia level. Historical context, I think it's worth putting up with these transgressions for Millicent story, which as O'Meara points out has resonance. For today when women in Hollywood still find themselves in the company of monsters. And now for something completely different in one thousand nine hundred thirty seven the surrealist artist Salvador Dali traveled to Hollywood to meet one of his idols Harpo. Marx, whom Dolly called the American surrealist if ever there were two people who got each other in terms of their shared Mannix. Subversion of reality, Salvador, Dali and Harpo Marx word, those kindred spirits after their meeting two things happened. Dolly sent Harpo an actual harp. This student with silverware spoons, knives and forks who strings were made of barbed wire. The other outcome was a script scenario written by Dolly of a movie for the Marx brothers called giraffes on horseback salad. Big surprise Louis b Mayer the humorless head of MGM. Studios turned it down. And the unfinished script was presumed. Lost appearing only on lists of greatest movies never made enter Josh Frank who like Mallory Almeira is among other things a screen writer and a geek in his case. A Marx brothers. Geek, Frank excavated Dolly's forgotten film treatment from the center Pompey do in Paris and in collaboration with comedian, Tim Heidegger and artists Manuela potato. He's produced a gorgeous graphic treatment of drafts on horseback salad. It's four beyond me to encapsulate the story line here, which involves a businessman named Jimmy who's in love with a Dame called the surrealist woman, some of Dolly's directions, call for Groucho, who's dancing, the Tango. With a woman who's cheek. Annoys him to remove her cheek with a spoon and for the three Marx brothers to cut off the nose of a locomotive train with a guillotine don't even try to understand just revel in the weirdness along with the wonderful, photographs and other archival material. Frank includes in this book lost Hollywood turns out to be stranger. And in a way more ahead of its time than most of us could have imagined Maureen Corrigan teaches literature Georgetown University. She reviewed the lady from the black lagoon and giraffes on horseback. Salad tomorrow on fresh air. My guest will be eighty Bryant. In addition to being a cast member on Saturday Night Live. She stars in a new comedy series called shrill that's based on the collection of autobiographical essays by Lindy west who identifies as fat an effeminate. Shrill starts streaming on Hulu Friday. I hope you'll join us..