|Joan Crawford plays prostitute Sadie Thompson in Rain (1932).|
Here are some useless tidbits I picked up whilst watching Rain for the first time:
- the incessant sound of rain falling on tin roofs and soggy mud is oddly comforting,
- preacher men circa the 1930s were some scary dudes with unbelievably good posture,
- rowdy, fun-loving men were allowed to slap Joan Crawford's behind without facing retribution,
- when the rain stops fallin' dead bodies come a crawlin',
- heavily made-up or made-under, Crawford looked absolutely gorgeous in this film,
- noble, virtuous women always had eyeglasses and wore their hair in buns,
- poor Joanie always seemed to be on her knees when photographed in the same scenes with Walter Huston (who played the unbelievably righteous preacher Alfred Davidson), and
- (SPOILER!) I'm absolutely convinced that said preacher just wanted to have it off with Sadie Thompson (played by Joan Crawford) for the whole bloomin' film, never did, and that's why he finally did himself in and got caught in the natives' fishing net.
Joan Crawford is TCM's star of the month for January 2014 and I've really enjoyed her programming so far - we're half-way through the month already and I almost don't want February to come because I don't want the Crawford films to stop!
I'm eager to know what some of your favourite Crawford films are! Out of the bunch I've seen recently I've got to say that mine are Dancing Lady, Humoresque, The Women, and Grand Hotel. Mildred Pierce is an absolute classic and I've seen it many times before, but the films I've just listed had that special spark in them - they captured my attention right away and I totally fell in love with both Joan and the characters she played instantly (no matter if they were moral women or not).
So, go on and tell me: what are your favourite Crawford films?