An Analysis by Jeffrey E. Ford When Clara Bow left Paramount Studios in 1931 there were a great many in Hollywood who probably determined that her career in movies was through. Certainly, based on the box-office performance of her last Paramount films, there was no reason to doubt this assumption.
The June, 1922 issue of Motion Picture Classic Magazine featured a spread on an unknown sixteen year old Brooklynite, the winner of the 1921 Fame and Fortune Contest. The article, A Dream Come True, was appropriately titled. To Clara, this must have seemed to be the chance of a lifetime– not only
“Clara Bow is the quintessence of what the term flapper signifies… pretty, impudent, superbly assured, as world-wise, briefly-clad and ‘hard-berled’ as possible.” To the generation of the Roaring 20’s, Clara Bow was just this, and more. She was the nation’s “It” girl. She epitomized the bobbed-haired, painted, rouged, bare-kneed flapper,
Anastasija Marinochka writes:(7/17/2001) Shadows of Clara Bow – A Tribute Clara Bow remains an enigma. Her life remains a tangled mass of quivering femininity, depraved childhood, and Hollywood super-stardom. Her beaming porcelain face and sparkling eyes belied the truth, the shadows, that surrounded her. She seemed to dance her way
Flapper films in the Silent Era became responsible, on a large scale, for introducing “it” to the American psyche, shocking proponents of Victorian social values, and altering the way a woman’s sexual identity came to be perceived in the long haul. IT hit the silver screen in 1927. The film’s star,
by Jeffrey Ford It’s hard to believe, but the dawn of the new millennium has brought a banquet of previously unavailable riches for the Clara Bow fan. In addition to the new and updated edition of David Stenn’s Bow biography, five previously unviewable Bow films have surfaced either at festivals
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