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Yet another variation of MADAME X


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The Life of Vergie Winters (1934)

 

Just aired on TCM. I loved it. A rare classic with a great story and cast. :)

 

 


 

 

Versions of Madame X:

 

Femme, La (1910)

Who Is She? (1910)

Hvem er hun? (1914)

Madame X (1916)

Madame X (1920)

The Lady (1925)

La Mujer X, (1931)

Helen Hayes in The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)

Forbidden (1932) Barbara Stanwyck

Ruth Chatterton’s Frisco Jenny (1932)

Held for Murder (1932)

The Secret of Madame Blanche (1933)

The Most Precious Thing in Life (1934) Jean Arthur

Whirlpool (1934) Jack Holt & Jean Arthur

Kay Francis in Confession (1937)

Pola Negri in Mazurka (1935)

The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)

Madame X (1937)

A Woman Is the Judge (1939)

To Each His Own (1946) Olivia de Havilland

The Trial of Madame X (1948)

Agnostos, I (1954)

Mujer X, La (1955)

Madame X (1966)

Madame X (1981) (TV)

The Life of Vergie Winters (1934)

Le secret de Madame Blanche

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I've heard that for top Hollywood female actresses, getting a "Madame X" role was like having an opportunity to star in a new Joan of Arc film.... like when top male actors were chosen to do a top Shakespeare film. These roles were considered to be the "best" opportunity to do some great acting.

 

Kay Francis did a great job in "Confession" (1937)

 

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This Kay Francis film seems to be a scene for scene re-shoot of Pola Negri's German film Mazurka (1935) (which is available on YouTube). Looks like the working title of CONFESSION was indeed MAZURKA.

 

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Similar costumes too. Here's Pola in the same type of Cabaret costume and blonde wig.....:

 

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http://fangroups.tcm.com/blogpost/confession-vs-mazurka-a-tale-of-two-films

 

Confession vs. Mazurka: A Tale of Two Films

 

 

Warner Brothers bought the distribution rights to Mazurka but the film was not shown in this country. Instead, Warners announced the remake of the film as a Kay Francis project. Joe May, a German writer/director, was assigned to direct. But May did more than merely direct Kay Francis in the project now titled Confession, May created an exact copy of Mazurka, right down to the last fade and dissolve, with every shot timed to run exactly the same length, and using the same music as Forst’s original film. May constantly ran Mazurka while shooting Confession, obsessed with copying every gesture. He even used a stopwatch to time the scenes.

 

Francis did not like the film and complained about Joe May’s tyrannical behavior. She noted in her diary that Joe May was driving everyone crazy and that for the first time in 9 years, she had “refused to work.” Co-star Jane Bryan noted the cast went through their performances like “sleepwalkers.” Joe May aside, Francis was miffed at having to copy Pola Negri’s performance in a role she heard Bette Davis had turned down. Variety gave Confession a glowing notice and heaped praise of Francis’ performance. But the film failed to attract an audience.

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