We’re in need of a detective, see. Be the first Cheapo to answer the film-related questions below correctly, and we’ll give you a real swell Sephora Film Noir Black Lace travel bag!
First, the clues:
1. The film takes place in Paris.
2. The wife of New York City mayor Jimmy Walker has the leading role.
3. She had once been a Ziegfeld Follies dancer. A major star.
4. Then she was the mayor’s mistress.
5. Then his wife.
6. Her name was Betty. And she was a looker.
7. The Assistant Director was an unknown. At the time, that is.
8. He was 23. This was his first major break.
9. He agreed to co-write the screenplay.
10. After the art director backed out, he designed the set, too.
11. A red-haired beauty appeared on the set.
12. She got hired as editor.
13. And then she got to him. The Assistant Director, that is.
14. She got to him good.
15. “I began by admiring her from afar,” he said later, “I much preferred admiring her from a-near.”
16. In fact, they married.
17. Continuity was her specialty, see.
18. The script was based on a 1921 stage play.
19. An affair between soldier and a Moulin Rouge Can Can dancer.
20. The Assistant Director made several scouting trips to Paris.
21. First off, each time he went to mass at L’Église de la Madeleine.
22. Then to the Moulin Rouge. For research!
23. But the dance scenes were shot on a sound stage in Joinville, a distant suburb of Paris.
24. Dancers were brought in from the Moulin Rouge.
25. “An exact replica is what I was after!”
26. Though their revealing costumes had to be outfitted with brassieres.
27. English and American audiences, see.
28. “No French breast could be exposed on the screen.”
29. Despite its lack of titillation, the film was wildly popular.
Now, the questions:
1. Who was the Assistant Director?
2. What was the name of the film?
3. And who was the red-haired beauty?
The first Cheapo to answer the questions correctly will win the Sephora Film Noir travel bag prize. With its intricate black lace, sleek form, and slender handles, you’ll possess Grace Kelly’s cool aloofness and rival all. Just leave your answers in the comments box below.
Speaking of French black lace…
After the liberation of Paris, the most popular souvenirs that American GI’s picked up for their sweethearts back home were shiny Eiffel Tower trinkets, bottles of French perfume, little music boxes, and unmentionables made of French black lace. Ooh la la!
(This post is dedicated to my mom, who introduced me to the world of Film Noir. Happy Birthday Mom!)