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Living on Velvet(1935)

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Living on Velvet (1935)

The trailer for Living On Velvet (1935) proclaims "With the consent of Miss Kay Francis, we are privileged to show you pages from her diary", wherein "Kay" extolls how excited she is to return to work after "four glorious months in Europe". The vacation part was true, but Francis's real diary was a bit more florid: shooting on this picture was delayed because Francis was on bedrest while recovering from an abortion after juggling at least five lovers on her European tour, including Maurice Chevalier. But this movie - about a devil-may-care pilot (George Brent) in love with his best friend's girl (Francis) -- was the kind of ultra-continental women's picture Francis could do with one hand tied behind her back, with lots of sitting in chic cafes and wearing glamorous gowns -- and outrageous hats -- like no one else could. (Even co-star Brent's taste for practical jokes couldn't get Francis to flub her lines, even if one "dunking" scene took four hours to shoot because of his shenanigans.) Critics thought the plot was silly but praised Francis, whose life kept on being very exciting in 1935, with lots more to write about in her diary.

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