This short follows the early career of actress Jane Barnes. She starts by doing extra work. After several months she is offered a studio contract (the "first step"). However, her work ... See full summary »
This short follows the early career of actress Jane Barnes. She starts by doing extra work. After several months she is offered a studio contract (the "first step"). However, her work consists mostly of fashion shoots and bit parts that end up on the cutting room floor. She is even used as a stand-in for Maureen O'Sullivan on the set of a Tarzan movie when camera angles and lighting must be set up. Written by
David Glagovsky <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Amusing short about young actress Jane Barnes trying to make it big. The story covers her starting as a nobody, working as a stand-in for Maureen O'Sullivan on Tarzan, modeling for the publicity department, and doing a screen test. Some nice behind-the-scenes stuff. Cameos by O'Sullivan and Chico Marx. Whether any of this was true for Miss Barnes, I don't know. She did have a brief career but I see no mention in her credits of working on any of the Tarzan movies. I'm sure even if the details weren't accurate, the gist of it was.
Pay attention to the scene where Jane's doing the screen test with the guy. It's about a woman trying to talk her man out of quitting or something. Well, later in the short Jane attends the premiere of the movie that scene is from. The narrator describes the scene as such: "In a few seconds Suzanne will walk onto the silver screen to inspire her worthless lover to manhood." I don't know why but I laughed my tail off at that part.
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