Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Christmas Album: Ida Lupino

 Let's kick off the third year of The Christmas Album with a merry crack from one of my favorite actresses.

Oh Ida, you are a naughty little girl! Spanking Santa during the Warner Brothers' holiday party seems to be a surefire way to get a lump of coal in your stocking--and you know how hard it is to get nylons at the end of 1942!  When Old Saint Nick appeared on the sound stage that December day, Miss Lupino was in the midst of filming the rather troubled production of Devotion, a glossy take on the purported romantic lives of those gifted artistic siblings, Emily (Ida Lupino), Charlotte (Olivia de Havilland), Anne (Nancy Coleman), and Branwell Brontë (Arthur Kennedy).

Maybe this photo op gave Ida Lupino a much needed chance to vent her understandable frustration during the making of this picture.

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