Vivien Leigh with her daughter Suzanne seated behind Joan Bennett, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Nadia Gardiner, and various others gathered on the lawn of the Clifton Webbs’ photographed by Jean Howard
"You can see how delighted he is by her. He, the old pro, the old dog who has been around Hollywood a mighty long time can really see something that she doesn’t even yet know about herself - she is really special. […] It is a romance born on celluloid, it was captured by the camera and we can see it. And no matter how many times you watch the movie [To Have and Have Not], it doesn’t go away."
Vivien’s Blanche was certainly one of the most harrowing things I have ever seen in any theatre anywhere. In trying to tear at my heartstrings, she certainly tore at her own.
After a polite rehearsal of this scene and the completed master shot, Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford were to shoot the close-ups; Norma Shearer’s first. Joan was prepared to deliver the off-stage lines, positioning herself in a chair at the side of the camera while taking out her knitting. She was working on an afghan that required large needles.
Norma delivered her lines in front of the camera whilst Joan answered with her lines, but she never looked at Norma. She continued gazing at her knitting. The needles moved at a furious pace, and they clicked - loudly. “Joan, darling, I find your knitting distracting,” Norma said. Joan seemed not to hear. The scene continued, and the flashing needles grew louder. The tension mounted, and crew members looked from the irritated Shearer to the oblivious Crawford, then to Cukor, who seemed like an unwilling explorer on the brink of a volcano. Again Norma started the scene, and again Joan´s needles distracted her. “Mr. Cukor,” Norma said with icy control, “I think that Miss Crawford can go home now and you can give me her lines.”
Cukor was furious with Joan and almost dragged her from the stage and demanded that she should apologize to Norma the next day.
"Do you know what I think? You don´t care about him because you still love me."
The Women (1939) dir. George Cukor
No doubles were used in the fight sequence between the characters of Paulette Goddard and Rosalind Russell. At the end of the scene, Rosalind bites Paulette so hard it resulted with a permanent scar, the actresses remained friends.
Olivia de Havilland in Gone With the Wind (1939)
Get To Know Me→ Actors [1/7]: Cary Grant
"It’s important to know where you’ve come from so that you can know where you’re going. I probably chose my profession because I was seeking approval, adulation, admiration and affection."