Watching the mammoth documentary about casting Scarlett on the Gone With The Wind 75th anniversary boxset. I had no idea Joan Bennett was in Selznick's final four along with Paulette Goddard, Jean Arthur and, of course, Vivien Leigh. It's fun that the reverence that Scarlett has for her home Tara is very much the same as Liz does for Collinwood
As a big Chaplin fan, seeing Goddard, who had debuted as the female lead in his masterwork Modern Times, as Scarlett would have been quite something though she almost certainly wouldn't have been in The Great Dictator a couple of years later.
I have seen that documentary, and I think it's the universal opinion that the role of Scarlett went to the right woman. Vivien Leigh was mesmerizing in the role. Joan Bennett was a stunning beauty, and probably could have done it justice...but Paulette Goddard or Jean Arthur, I can't begin to imagine! Two others that tested were Tallulah Bankhead and Lucille Ball--and much as I love them both, they're even more wrong for Scarlett than Paulette or Jean!
Yes, it wasn't so much the fact that Joan was in contention that suprised me - every starlet was at one stage - but that she got sooo close. I think the doc said that 34 actresses screentested but more like 100 were given consideration.
In an alternate world Gone With The Wind was directed by George Cuckor and starred Errol Flynn and Joan Bennett. The roads not taken...
This one's a bit different - it's not an appearance by a DS cast member in another production, but rather an event in a DS cast member's life inspiring another production.
The cast member is Joan Bennett and the production is The Apartment (1960).
Writer, director and producer Billy Wilder conceived of a story after seeing Noel Coward's Brief Encounter, in which a pair of adulterers have an affair in the apartment of a friend. Wilder's idea was a story from the perspective of the person in whose apartment the affair was conducted. It seemed a topic impossible to produce under the strict Hayes Code governing movie production, so it got shelved. Until 1951, when a scandal enveloped Joan Bennett...
At that time, Joan Bennett was married to Walter Wanger, her third husband, but she was also conducting an affair with an agent, Jennings Lang. The liaisons were conducted in the apartment of an employee on Lang's. Wanger discovered the affair, and confronted his wife and her lover. Wanger shot them once each, but both survived. It is generally considered that the affair and its aftermath substantially damaged Joan Bennett's career. While the movie roles dried up, Bennett's stage career revived and she later began a TV career, including Dark Shadows.
As for Wilder and The Apartment, his co-writer I.A.L. Diamond also contributed the experience of a friend who had split up with his girlfriend in his apartment. She was very upset, and he left her there to recover, but when he returned to find she'd committed suicide.
From these dark beginnings arose a popular comedy with some very dark moments....
More info on the shooting by Wanger, have a look here. Incidentally, Bennett and Wanger remained married until 1965.
The story is well-known to Hollywood buffs, but I've never heard that Wanger shot Joan, as well as Lang. This article says the second shot went into the car's tail fin. How do you get that Joan was also shot, from that?
At least three DS Cast Members have appeared in The Incredible Hulk series, which ran from the late 1970s.
Lara Parker was none other than David Banner's doomed wife in that fateful first episode, whose tragic death prompted Banner to indulge in the experimentation that would curse him to regularly turn green for the rest of his life. The curse of Angelique takes many forms!
Both Kathryn Leigh Scott and Dennis Patrick had guest roles later on. KLS as misunderstood doctor living in isolation, and Patrick as an elderly hunter who came face to face with the Hulk.
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