Strangers May Kiss (1931) - News Poster


Big Business Girl

What does a working girl have to do to get ahead, when all she has in her favor is an incredible face, a lavish wardrobe, and a pair of legs to make any executive wolf howl? Loretta Young juggles two egotistical swains, while Joan Blondell shines as an enticing all-pro homewrecker.

Big Business Girl


The Warner Archive Collection

1931 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 74 min. / Street Date September 14, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Loretta Young, Frank Albertson, Ricardo Cortez, Joan Blondell, Frank Darien, Dorothy Christy, Oscar Apfel, Judith Barrett, Mickey Bennett, George ‘Gabby’ Hayes, Virginia Sale.

Cinematography: Sol Polito

Film Editor: Pete Fritch

Written by Robert Lord, story by Patricia Reilly & H.N. Swanson

Produced and Directed by William A. Seiter

Let’s hear it for the Warner Archive Collection’s voluminous vault of early ’30s Warners, MGM and Rko entertainments, which has given us a real education about this era of filmmaking.
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Awards Campaigns Harken Back to Oscar’s Earliest Days

Awards Campaigns Harken Back to Oscar’s Earliest Days
Some people seem to think Oscar campaigns are a recent phenomenon. In truth, they are as old as the awards themselves: In Hollywood, creativity and marketing have always gone hand in hand.

While many contenders get the heebie-jeebies at the word “campaign,” it’s all part of a long tradition that includes screenings, handshaking — and ads.

On March 18, 1931, Variety ran a full-page ad headlined “Take it again, Norma!” MGM congratulated Norma Shearer on her win for “The Divorcee” and predicted she would be nominated again for “Strangers May Kiss.” The ad showed an Oscar statuette, though that image has long been banned from subsequent ads.

Among the earliest uses of the word “consideration” was in 1948, when Rko touted several films, including “Mourning Becomes Electra” and “The Farmer’s Daughter.”

Over the years, the campaigning has sometimes been subtle, sometimes blatant. In the late-1950s and early ’60s, Lustre-Creme shampoo ran
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Why Oscars Are Good for the Ego and Wallet

On Feb. 22, two important showbiz phenomena will climax at the Dolby Theatre. One is the Academy Awards. The other is a multimillion-dollar marketing and promo push.

These two things occur simultaneously, and that has been a source of endless confusion, misinformation and heartache. While they overlap, they are very separate things.

A lot of people (within and outside the industry) bemoan any connection between the Oscars and money, ignoring the fact that money is a factor in politics, religion, health, education and just about everything else. But people want to believe that some areas are immune to considerations of filthy lucre, such as the Academy Awards.

Film is art, but it’s also about profits and always has been, so studios would be insane to ignore the power of Oscar. For example, Warner Bros.’ “Argo” had pretty much played out domestically ($110 million in three months) by the time Oscar nominations were announced Jan.
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