Thursday, 5 June 2014

Glenda Farrell (1904-1971)

Glenda Farrell was an American Hollywood film actress, who career started with the end of the silent era. She was an early starter appearing on stage aged 7 when she played Little Eva in Uncle Tom's Cabin. However, it was not until 1930 that she signed her first contract to be the leading lady in First National Pictures' "Little Ceasar"

Soon she was under contract with Warner Brothers, where she starred as the wise-cracking, hard-boiled and somewhat dizzy blonde of the early talkies, often starring with Joan Blondell, another blonde bombshell !! Her out going personality was used to great effect starring opposite Edward G. Robinson, Paul Muni, Pat O'Brien, Lionel Atwill, Charles Farrell and Bette Davis.

She became one of Warner Brothers’ most prolific actresses of the 1930s, including a run of 8 film from 1937 until 1939 where her character, Torchy Blane and the "Girl Reporter".  

She appeared in the Academy Award nominated "Gold Diggers of 1937" with Dick Powell and Joan Blondell, but after her run as Torchy Blane ended her film career slowed, with her returning to the stage and Broadway.

Glenda won an Emmy Award in 1963, for her work in the television series Ben Casey and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to Motion Pictures, at 6524 Hollywood Boulevard. She was appearing on Broadway in Forty Carats in 1969 when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. She remained with the show until ill health forced her departure in November 1970.

The etching on the left is by Frank Martin in which he depicts a cold and vulnerable girl, unlike many of her film characters. This version is from the published edition, whilst in the more private proof edition she has forgotten to put on her shorts - see below.

It is believed that she appeared in 75 films during her career, many of which were promoted with graphic posters.

But what other art did Glenda inspire - combined with a selected filmography. I have tried to find posters that feature Glenda or those which I like the graphics. Her non-starring roles and uncredited parts are not listed.

Black highlighted titles are linked to sources of either the poster or film.

Lucky Boy (1928)
Little Caesar (1931)
Scandal for Sale (1932)
Life Begins
Three on a Match (1932)
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)
The Match King (1932)
Mystery of the Wax Museum
Grand Slam (1933)
Girl Missing (1933)
The Keyhole (1933)
Gambling Ship (1933)
Mary Stevens, M.D. (1933)
Bureau of Missing Persons (1933)
Man's Castle (1933)
Havana Widows (1933)
The Big Shakedown (1934)
Hi, Nellie! (1934)
I've Got Your Number (1934)
Dark Hazard (1934)
Heat Lightning
Merry Wives of Reno (1934)
The Personality Kid (1934)
Kansas City Princess (1934)
The Secret Bride
Gold Diggers of 1935
Traveling Saleslady (1935)
Go Into Your Dance (1935)
In Caliente
We're in the Money (1935)
Little Big Shot (1935)
Miss Pacific Fleet (1935)
Snowed Under (1936)
The Law in Her Hands (1936)
Nobody's Fool (1936)
High Tension (1936)
Here Comes Carter (1936)
Gold Diggers of 1937

Smart Blonde (1937)
Fly Away Baby (1937)
Dance Charlie Dance (1937)
You Live and Learn (1937)
Breakfast For Two
The Adventurous Blonde (1937)
Hollywood Hotel
Blondes at Work (1938)
Stolen Heaven (1938)
Prison Break (1938)
The Road to Reno (1938)
Exposed (1938)
Gets Her Man (1938)
Blane in Chinatown (1939)
Runs for Mayor(1939)
Johnny Eager (1942)
Twin Beds (1942)
The Talk of the Town (1942)
City Without Men (1943) 
A Night for Crime (1943)
Klondike Kate (1943)
Ever Since Venus (1944)
Heading for Heaven (1947)
I Love Trouble (1948)
Mary Lou (1948)
Lulu Belle (1948)
Apache War Smoke (1952)
Girls in the Night
Secret of the Incas
Susan Slept Here
The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing
Middle of the Night(1959)
Kissin' Cousins (1964)
The Disorderly Orderly (1964)
Tiger by the Tail (1968)

and finally -- the other Frank Martin etching. she looks a little bit chilly in this one.

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