Women He's Undressed is a cinema length documentary that explores the life of Australia's most prolific costume designer. Until now Orry-Kelly has been unacknowledged in his country of birth and pretty well forgotten in the adopted country of his greatest success. During the boom years of Hollywood he was the costume designer on an astonishing 282 motion pictures. He designed for the stars like Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Rosalind Russell, Errol Flynn and many more of the immortals. His films included Some Like It Hot, Casablanca, An American in Paris and Now, Voyager. Orry-Kelly (Jack to his friends) won three Academy Awards and was nominated for a fourth. Orry-Kelly was Head of Warner Brothers Costume Department during the richest period of American film, the establishment of the dream factory and its effect on mass culture. He was outrageous, witty, outspoken, a drinker and uncompromising but he survived partially protected by his friendship with Jack and Ann ...Written by
James A Michener, the celebrated novelist has long claimed (and bragged) that at 37, he was the oldest private serving in the army during the second world war. This movie and the book on which it was based prove Orry-Kelly far surpassed that boast when he was drafted at age 45 and served until the army finally released those over the age of 45.(He was 46 by then!) See more »
William Mann tells an anecdote about the "Queen For A Day" limousine pulling up in the Warner Bros. lot while Grant and Orry-Kelly were working on Arsenic and Old Lace, and Grant used the "Queen For A Day" to make a cruel joke at Orry-Kelly's expense. Arsenic and Old Lace was in production in late 1941 and Queen For A Day did not premiere until 1945. See more »
(As I'm Sure You've Guessed)... He Had Undressed Some Of the Best
At the height of his career - Australian-born fashion designer, Orry-Kelly was one of the most successful creators in his field during Hollywood's golden years.
If you are interested in seeing what all of the fuss was about when Orry-Kelly dressed Tinseltown celebrities in "top-of-the-line" style - Then - You need look no further than this totally entertaining, fashion-conscious documentary.
I think that it's incredible to note that in his 30 years of costume design - Orry-Kelly was credited for his contributions to nearly 300 films.
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