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FILM CABLE FROM LONDON;
The Love-Story Of Jean
(By DICK KISCH)
The lotest Pin-up Girl of c ork-haired Jean Kent-has
tjound her Pin-up Boy.
ii He is an unknown, penniless, Íark-skinned film extra called Joe
i Jean "surprised" her studio this yeék by letting it be known that ?he intended to get married.
Cynics may be pardoned for doubting the motives behind this .^tdden love story, as it comes only t!few weeks before the first show- ing of Jean's new film, "Caravan," b¿sed on Lady Eleanor Smith's ¿ovel.
j. It has, however, a number of new variations which make it a pleasant diversion from the rou- tine Hollywood love affair.
To begin with, Jean's Pin-up loy Joe has not a single preten tf>3iftaio fame.
always broke; he spent
JOAN CRAWFORD, who won the Best Actress Award for 1945 with her role as Mildred Pierce, wrs in bed with influenza when she re- ceived her "Oscar."
most of the war years as a fitter in an aircraft factory, and became a film extra In "Caravan" only be- cause he is dark, and can ride so could play a gipsy.
He says that he does not want to be a film star-and does not want major responsibilities.
The story of the meeting be- tween Jean and Joe runs true to form.
It happened when they were In North Wales on location for the shooting of some mountain scenes for ''Caravan."
"Caravan's" star, handsome, bounding ex-Guardsman Stewart Granger, introduced them, and so they say-told Jean that she had better marry Joe-"he's so
Jean grinned and said: "I'll con- sider it."
Today, Jean and Joe tell a dif- ferent story.
They say that they cordially
disliked each other when they first |
"I thought that Joe looked like I any other ham who wants to be J
an actor," Jean told me.
Joe's -reaction to the little girl, whom he saw slouching nuder cover from the rain, and wearing crumpled slacks with an old tur-
ban, was just as crisp. "I don't!
think much of this doll'."
It was not until Jean's birth- day party at the local hotel that romance began to creep into their young lives.
Joe does not intend to continue |
"I'm going into business," says]
* * *
A PREVIEW of Robert Don- j
at's film, "Perfect Strang- ers," will be held at St. James
Theatre today, in aid of the Food [
for Britain fund.
Deborah Kerr, Roland Culver,] Ann Todd and Glynis Johns ap-
pear with Donat in the film, j
which was made for MGM in| England by Sir Alexander Korda.
"Perfect Strangers" deals with the post-war problems of a young married couple, each of whom has seen war service.
T. ARTHUR RANK an
nounced this reek that
"Caesar and Cleopatra" will be]
shown in the Soviet Union.
No date has been fixed yet for the showing of the Rank-Pascal opus in Moscow, but it should be some time around Jury.
"Caesar and Cleopatra" is by no ] means the first current British prMuction to go travelling in the! picture houses of the USSR. !
In fact, British films are prov- I ing extremely popular all along |
the line from Voronezh to Vladi- vostok.
The most popular British films |
shown in Russia to date are:-.
. "Millions Like Us," the war-| factory story starring Gordon Jackson, Eric Portman, and Pat-
. "Johnny Frenchman," t h e Cornwall tale of rival fishing ] fleets, with Francoise Rosay star-
». "Seventh Veil," that psychia-
tric thriller starring Ann Todd J
and James Mason.
Unfortunately, reciprocal show- ings of Soviet films in England have not been so successful. They have almost all proved to be com- plete box-office flops.
Reason probably is that British audiences are tired of war films, and haven't yet accustomed them- selves" to accepting the liberal doses of propaganda with which
Russian films are sprinkled. j
. However, a new selection of this I
year's Soviet product is expected to arrive here shortly, and will be
shown in Brir'sh cinemas later in i the year.