Re: RARA-AVIS: Mary Astor

From: James Rogers (
Date: 08 May 2000

At 08:27 AM 5/8/00 +0600, Bill Crider wrote:
>I've read complaints about Mary Astor in other forums, so I know I'm in
>a minority on this point, but I kind of like her in THE MALTESE FALCON.
> I'm so old now that the first time I saw the movie I was too young to
>be critical. In fact, Juri, I was so young that her haircut was even sort
>of stylish. And later on, when I read in HOLLYWOOD BABYLON about her red-hot
>love affairs with George S. Kaufman and John Barrymore, I figured she must
>have plenty of sex appeal, even if it wasn't always obvious on screen.

    I have a difficult time seeing anyone other than MA in the role, although I can understand that the book would seem to call for a bit more of an Ingrid Bergman style bombshell.


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