I saw a great lightup in Stage Struck (1934) last night, and as a long time smoker she is the only star I can think of who had a pronounced smokers voice later in her career. She is often seen smoking in her movies but didnt like to use smoking as a prop like Bette Davis and others.
Joan was famous for her large eyes, and floppy cropped hair - a new fashion at the time - and this reminded me of a new model we have lined up for you guys on the show.
There two captions came from the 1933 movie, Blondie Johnson - in which she smokes in many scenes.
Dead Ringer 1964 Bette Davis was some years past her prime, but that doesnt stop her from chain smoking thought this movie, and looking great. In this Suspense Noir, she takes on the role of her sister, and she lights a cigarette for herself as she plays both parts. She smokes whites in almost every scene, with lots of shots of smoke emanating from her mouth, drifting into a French inhale. She doesnt inhale much, as was the Hollywood way back then, and she was classically trained to do this. Not so in real life, where she smoked Packs a day.
Jane Fonda smokes Cork 100s in several seductive scenes in this movie, to emphasise that seductiveness, as she gazes towards her dream lover. She smokes in maybe 4 scenes and each time is with the grace and pleasure of smoking. Angela Lansbury also has at least 4 scenes, one of those being a very nice light up in bed scene - with the sound of her enjoying it. Apart from that, everybody smokes constantly in the movie. Even the music, provided by Nat King Cole, with his signature deep smokey voice.
Again, Bette Davis plays duel parts, first as non smoking Kitty, and then as her twin smoking sister Pam. Kitty assumes Pams identity and starts smoking, in this melodrama. The smoking isnt as common as Dead Ringer/Dead Image but it is there. Here is a scene where she lights a cigarette for herself.
From IMDB about the smoking:
"It's a half inhale. My mother taught me to do this Bette Davis way of smoking. You drag on the cig. Blow most of it out. Inhale a little. And exhale the small amount that was left over."
One of my all time favourite smoking movies. A young Claire Trevor gets her hooks into guys with a cute introduction technique. She poses with a lighter with no fuel in there, and allures a male passer by to give her a light - so sparking up the conversation. She smokes throughout and the lighter gag is the crux of the movie plot, and even ends the movie, so I give it a great recommend. Its on youtube.
I have seen many great movies featuring Olivia; many with her smoking. The psychological drama The Snake Pit is a great movie, the light screwball comedy Four's a Crowd - with Errol Flynn, and how about the haunting Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte. Yes, if you want to see real smoking, everybody did it in the old movies, and some are even still around today, safe and well.