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You know I'm willing to bet that Myrna Loy was excited that she would get to do a film version of Thackery's Vanity Fair. But she lost her enthusiasm upon finding it was for a poverty row outfit called Allied Pictures. God only knows whether Louis B. Mayer owed something to producer Chester Franklin or Myrna Loy committed some transgression that caused her to be punished.
With the usual MGM productions values and had they kept it in the mid Victorian era it was written, Vanity Fair might have turned out to be a classic film. But it was a poverty row production set during the Jazz Age of the 20s. Where in the United Kingdom it wasn't all that different from us except they were smart enough not to put in Prohibition.
Barbara Kent brings school girl chum Myrna Loy home for the holidays. Myrna is an orphan who once she tastes some of the good life that Kent's family enjoys she's going to have it whatever the cost. The film is a lot like the Barbara Stanwyck classic Baby Face except Baby Face is far less pretentious.
Thackery's writing was of Victorian times and it just didn't make sense for the Roaring 20s. Myrna had a lost look and I'm sure she was grateful to finish the film and get back to MGM.
What could she have done to deserve this?
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