Re: RARA-AVIS: Mary Astor

From: Juri Nummelin (
Date: 08 May 2000

James Rogers wrote:

> 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.

There are scenes in the film, in which the phoniness of Astor is being laughed at, so maybe it's all intentional. But Ingrid Bergman? Please! Lemme think... Lana Turner? Joan Bennett? Clara Bow? Maybe there just wasn't a woman for the role. Barbara Stanwyck could've had the proper temperament (just think of "Double Indemnity"), but not the looks. What about Gloria Grahame? She wasn't in the movies in 1941. Maybe we'll have to do with Mary.


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