Classic Hollywood Movies - All movies pre 1979 here.
I thought I'd start off this thread by saying how much I love old Hollywood movies and the fact that most include smoking. Almost all of the leading Hollywood actresses smoked, and most went on to live full and happy lives almost all unaffected by smoking. Despite what the anti-media may say, heavy smoking didnt seem to slow down actresses in later life; most of whom used smoking to help them cope with daily life. Lauren Bacall, Bette Davis, Claudette Colbert, Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor - the list of heavy and long smokers goes on.
Post the best clip links and chat about old movies here.
For further research, there are various celebrity smoking movie lists online.
Lets start this thread off with a quiz as to who can name all the movies featured in the video above. This may be a long term challenge so I dont expect someone so solve the puzzle straight away.
Elizabeth Taylor Interesting Facts:
Elizabeth Taylor started smoking at the age of 18 after she had a fall out with an abusive boyfriend. She needed to be calm on set for her latest picture, so she reached for a cigarette. From then on she smoked whenever she could; although not much on film as, she admitted herself, she preferred her smoking to be enjoyed off camera. According to all sources, by the time filming began on Father's Little Dividend, she was a chain smoker - and by this I mean a pack or more per day. During the filming of Cleopatra in a England, she became very ill due to the cold and damp of the winter weather, and stopped breathing. They make an emergency tracheotomy, and from then on she smoked and rehearsed for the movie using holders. Here are a few more facts from IMDB.
"demanded a different holder for each of the many cigarettes she smoked daily during the filming of 'Cleopatra,' and the holder's color couldn't clash with the cloth on any table at which she smoked", New York Times. Oct. 22,'09
"At one point smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, she insisted she would not use the same holder more than once. Her butler was ordered to prepare a special box of holders seven days a week, each colour co-ordinated not only with her clothes, but any tablecloths she might sit down by", Scotland n Sunday (UK), Oct. 11, '09
She was a heavy smoker until being mistakenly diagnosed with lung cancer in October 1975, but she never quit. She died only in 2011, and from Heart Failure, at the age of 79.
Out of all the classic Hollywood actresses, only two stand out as non-smokers. Myrna Loy often co-starred with William Powell and sometimes had to smoke on screen. The other was Ginger Rogers; who ironically was most famous in the early 1930's with the catchphrase 'cigarette me baby!' from Young Man of Manhattan. She smoked herbal cigarettes on screen and hated them more than real cigarettes, she claimed.
Out of all the classic Hollywood actresses, two stand out for being passionate about smoking. Bette Davis would chain smoke at every given opportunity, and is famous for lighting more than one at a time. She was a hard core smoker, and took this with her all the way to the end; eventually calling it a night at the age of 81, with breast cancer. The other is Lana Turner. She smoked even when smoking wasn't in the script, and was very happy and delighted to perform open mouth inhales. In those days the Hays Code meant there could be no visible inhale, only an exhale. To get around this, she inhaled and absorbed the smoke so there was no trace of an exhale, and the censors had to leave the scenes alone. She of course refused to give up smoking until almost very end of her life, and finally she did so, only to succumb to throat cancer at the age of 74, after she'd quit (how ironic).
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would also like to compliment you on the more recent SMH clips, they are certainly a cut above the rest; the models are truely exceptional and all smoke knowing just how glamorous smoking can be - which catwalk did you find them on !!!
Welcome to the forum steve, thanks for trying our quiz "who can name all the movies featured in the video above". Hope the names of all the ladies in the video will help find these movies for us (I know most but not all).
The one which seems to be ask most often is the one featuring Liz Taylor in the cover shot. In fact it took me quite a while to track that one down, and in fact I had to go over the scenes several times to find it as the clip in the Hollywood film is slowed down 50% and the screen blown up over 200%. But I found it in the end, and in the end it turned out to be a smoke loves dream. The movie is called...
Suddenly Last Summer (1959) As a woman with problems, the only thing which will calm her down is her cigarettes. She smokes and asks to smoke throughout the movie, and uses smoking as a symbol of courage. She smokes all-whites nervously of course. She smoked IRL for at least 8 years before this. A classic film for smoke fans.
I watched another Lana Turner movie last night, Betrayed. I love how she always manages to smoke in every movie, even though The Code says she must stub it out. She has only two draws in the movie, but they are classic Lana. I always look forward to watching her absorb her smoke, and it only escapes if she happens to be talking. I'd only rate the movie lowly on the enjoyment scale otherwise.
Captain, I hope you dont mind I moved your thread. Its just to keep these related posts together and have them not drop out of view. I pinned this thread to share all those endless classic scenes out there, from the thousands of hollywood movies, hoping I'd discover some new ones myself. Will certainly check that one out.
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Liz has two scenes, one at the start of the movie, but what a start to a movie. Watch the first 1:55; where she has no other choice but to try something different.
Shirley chain smokes throughout this movie, or at least for the most interesting parts. Each time Jack Lemmon turns his back, she pops another one in. I couldnt find any clips of use, and the one below is in Spanish (I think).