Monday, January 30, 2012

Sundown


Director Henry Hathaway with Gene Tierney and Gary Cooper on the set of the 1941 movie Sundown.


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5 comments:

  1. Interesting photo, great to see rare shots of Gene Tierney. Of note though here is that Cooper did not appear in 'Sundown', nor did he ever work with Tierney who was mainly in 20th Century Fox films.

    So... I wonder what the story is behind this pic?

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    1. I noticed that too! It's strange... I'm not an expert in the matter. I'm planning to read her autobiography ('Self-Portrait') in the near future, maybe this meeting is mentioned in that book.

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  2. I don't recall her mentioning Cooper in the autobiography, but it's a good read and you'll enjoy it. 'Sundown' was shot quite a bit on location, but they must have also done some studio work back at Fox. There's a scene in 'Sundown' in which she's lounging on her bed, wearing this costume, which is most likely shot on a set at Fox. However the hat is very much not 'Sundown' -- head wear for Gene was veils and scarves. Perhaps it's a wardrobe fitting session and tests pre-shoot, or perhaps Hathaway invited Cooper over to catch-up (or check Gene out) during the shoot itself. Hathaway and Cooper had worked together previously (most notably on 'Peter Ibbetsen') and conceivably were friends.

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    1. Thank you for this interesting piece of information! Now I'm gonna read her book for sure.

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  3. Actually I take the comment about the hat back!!! Looks like it's some sort of ornament hanging on the wall behind. Oh well, that explains that one. :)

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