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Last night on The Essentials TCM was showing Ball of Fire (1941).  About 6 minutes into the show, the scene refers to Miss Totten’s father the “late Daniel S. Totten,” who was paying for the work to create the encyclopedia, and shows Mr. Totten’s portrait in the background:


Where have I seen that face before?  That would be another classic Barbara Stanwyck film, Remember the Night (1940).  In Remember the Night there’s a scene where the lawyer, played by Fred MacMurray, says he’s taking Lee Leander, played by Barbara Stanwyck, home with him for the Christmas holiday, where she’ll see “a painting of the cross-eyedest old guy you ever saw in your life.” Cut to this portrait:


Now I wonder if this portrait has been used in any other films?!  🙂

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