Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Marilyn Nash, in Rollie Totheroh's hat and coat, with Chaplin in Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

Marilyn tells the story of her hat and coat below...


"Chaplin had definite ideas about costumes...but it was a lighting situation that motivated the costume in my first scene. It was dark in the doorway, and Charlie didn't like the way the light was hitting me, and neither did Rollie (Totheroh). The shadows were wrong. And Charlie said, "We've got to do something," and Rollie said, "Well let's throw a hat on her.""Oh, good idea!" And Rollie said, "I've got one." It was his rain hat. So Rollie went and he grabbed his hat and his raincoat and he put them on me. And the make-up guy came and started fussing, and I said, "No, I really like the hat like that." And Charlie looked, and Rollie said immediately, "That's it, that's it," cause Rollie's looking through the camera and he said, "That's it." And Charlie wanted it perfect because that's the first shot of the waif on the street. He had to have it just right."
--Interview with Marilyn Nash, Limelight magazine, Spring 1997

10 comments:

  1. Wow, never knew this. I'm surprised she didn't mention it at the Chaplin event in 1997 at the studio. That is so cool! Rollie's hat and coat. Who knew?

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    1. The interview is from the 1997 event at the studio. I should have clarified that.

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  2. Any photos from that event in 1997?

    Tom K

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    1. Here is a very grainy and blurry photo from the "Limelight" newsletter. The caption mentions Verdoux's suit behind them but you can't see it in the photo.

      http://i140.photobucket.com/albums/r19/jbuxton72/vance_nash%201.jpeg

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  3. Now you're just pandering.!. ;-) Seriously, thanks for posting this. iirc, the article in Limelight was compiled from Nash's presentation at the MV 50th Anniversary celebration held at the La Brea Studio and separate interviews with Jeff Vance and Bonnie McCourt conducted at that time.

    David T

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    1. Hey, pandering is what I do best!

      Yes, the article is compiled from the 1997 interview at the studio and a 1995 interview with McCourt at Marilyn's home (you are mentioned as being present as well!)

      I've heard some wonderful stories about the MV 50th celebration. Too bad there aren't more events like that now.

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  4. Can't open that photo link for some reason.
    I was living in LA at that time, how did I miss that?

    Tom K

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    1. Here's a photo of Verdoux's suit that's behind Jeff and Marilyn in the photo. Courtesy of Dominique Dugros who was at the event:

      https://www.dropbox.com/s/60k034r9yufkqik/Los%20Angeles%201997.jpg?dl=0

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  5. I have scans of the insert with all the pics. If you'd like them give me an email address.
    Phil

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