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  1. Guess I'd better butt in with George's top-billed performances (name mentioned first in ads and publicity). The are: Luxury Liner (1933), From Headquarters (1933), Housewife (1934), Snowed Under (1936), God's Country and the Woman (1937), The Go-Getter (1937)-one of his best, Gold Is Where You Find It (1938), Wings of the Navy (1939), Adventure in Diamonds (1940), The Man Who Talked Too Much (1940), South of Suez (1940), They Dare Not Love (1941), International Lady (1941), Twin Beds (1942), You Can't Escape Forever (1942), Silver Queen (1942), Lover Come Back (1946), The Corpse Came C.O.D. (
  2. Actually Brentie is was 111 on March 15th. I have a copy of his birth certificate! He was born (1904) in Ballinasloe, Ireland to John and Mary McGuinness Nolan. Brent's birth name was "George Patrick Nolan"--the youngest of five children. The 1899 birthday you see on-line is incorrect. Please don't be embare-assed by this re-butt-al.
  3. As I mention in the book, George's silence is rooted in his abandonment as a baby by his mother at the age of one. He didn't see her again until he was eleven. The two never got along. By the time he got to Hollywood he repeatedly told reporters that she was dead. In fact, Mary Nolan did not die until 1950. Underscoring Brent's "silence" was his involvement with the IRA at the age of 16-17. He was candid in saying that his involvement with the revolution left him with a life-long distrust of "strangers." There you have it.
  4. Not to give away spoilers, but the aspects that surprised me about Brent's youth and early career were: Being abandoned by his mother as a baby and finally meeting her at age 11 At 17, narrowly escaping execution (as he put it) by the Black & Tans while he was dispatching for the IRA (1921) Creating his own stock companies while in his twenties. His oversexed first wife putting him through “Hell” His nose-job in 1929 His bout with what he thought was blindness shortly after he arrived in Hollywood. His contemplation of suicide His marriage proposal to shimmy queen Gilda Gray The “Great
  5. RE: Chateau Marmont (original copyright 1987). I missed this anecdote during my research. The reclusive Brent in a shindig like this? The anonymous Warner chorus girl who caught him pants down could have at least provided a description of his... ... posterier. After all, she was an eyewitness to his a-bun-dance of charm.
  6. I mention in George's bio that James Baldwin said Davis' portrayal made her the "toast of Harlem" -- that she grasped the evils of white privilege as a racist southern belle. In the 2009 documentary Queer Icon: The Cult of Bette Davis author Mathew Kennedy quipped that in In This Our Life Davis provided "the red meat for drag." Personally, I thought the quiet underplaying of Hattie McDaniel and Ernest Anderson most effective. George and Olivia also gave the film some semblence of reality. Photoplay thought Davis' came across as "mentally ill" which came close to the mark.
  7. Jamesjazz - You are spot on about Stanwyck. She was a team player. The only actresses Brent made negative remarks about working with were: Hedy Lamarr, Brenda Joyce and Martha Scott. He didn't remain friends with any of his four actress-wives.
  8. Absolutely not. Brent always had high praises for Davis and was angry when some referred to All About Eve as a "comeback." Their last meeting was in May 1978 - Brent sent Davis some orchids backstage during her one-woman show, before paying her a surprise visit.
  9. You'll be pleased to know that in a 1978 interview Brent singled out Stanwyck as his favorite co-star. He felt she was the "most human, the most unassuming person in the world." I would agree that Stanwyck was a real standout among his leading ladies. My personal favorites are Baby Face and My Reputation. I do offer some backstory to each of the five films they made together. The Rains Came is my personal favorite Brent film. It helped that he got out of the "factory" atmosphere at Warners and dived into a coveted role.
  10. EugeniaH - Thanks for the good thoughts. Do join in the online Q&A for the Brent biography on Silver Screen Oasis. It will take place on Saturday-Sunday (October 25-26) I'll be prepped to answer any questions about "Brentie"
  11. Hibi - Siodmak indeed used his own eyes to conceal the true identity of the killer (this was mentioned in a 1992 McGuire interview). Brent's preoccupied scholar of biology wasn't scary, or conspicuous, which is what was intended by the director (and script).
  12. DownGoes - Brent indirectly referred to his rear end on the set of Slave Girl (1947). Columnist Sheilah Graham mentioned his "impossibly tight pants. George told her that they were so tight that he was unable to sit down. She asked what he did at lunchtime. "I take them off," he smiled--then made a "crack" that they needed a "rest."
  13. Lorna - George came to the U.S. (accompanied by his older sister Kathleen) in 1915. He was eleven (his birth certificate indicates he was born George Nolan, March 15, 1904). When he was 16 (he hated school) he went back to Ireland to participate in the revolution (things were pretty intense in early 1921). He signed on with Michael Collins to be a dispatcher between Dublin and Glasgow. I had the help of an Irish film director (Brian Reddin) to zero in on Brent's background. George returned home in August and by December had landed a small role in The Dover Road, directed by the legendary
  14. Good quesiton. Highham's remark didn't exactly jive with my own research. In order to cover bases I do mention that "a rumor surfaced years later that Brent and Errol Flynn had an altercation over Sheridan ..." While Sheridan was filming Edge of Darkness with Flynn in Monterey, George was putting in a solid 50 hours flying government planes in Oxnard (Civilian Air Corps). George and Ann kept their separate residences during their marriage. A few years later (1947) Brent mentioned his "friend" Errol Flynn had told him all about Tahiti. Brent was making plans to live in Tahiti indefinitel
  15. Thanks for the good wishes. I have a copy of Brent's birth certificate dated March 15, 1904. It details his father's occupation and his mother Mary's maiden name. In 1905 Mary left George with her father and took her two oldest children to New York. George did not see his mother again until he was 11. And yes, this took an emotional toll on a small boy. I came across over 50 plays that George did in the 1920's ... he was no novice by the time he got to Hollywood. He was disgruntled by the factory atmosphere at Warners. If he liked the script, something special came through on scree
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