Friday, August 2, 2013
Birthday Girl: Flying High
Today's birthday girl apparently flew herself to Fabulon, but had she remained among us, she would be a doubtless glamourous 108.
There's not much that Myrna Loy couldn't do, but even so it's hard to imagine her as a pilot. Still, Hollywood had odder; aviatrix pictures were something of a plague, and their consistent not-very-goodness makes one wonder why they kept cropping up. Myrna's was a relatively late entry, 1938's Too Hot to Handle, but from start to finish - from Hepburn in lamé insect drag in Christopher Strong right on through to Rosalind Russell in the utterly forgotten Flight for Freedom (a 1943 Earhart crypto-biopic of sorts) - none were hits. Even such unlikely flygirls as Alice Faye (Tail Spin) and Kay Francis (the low-budget programmer Women in the Wind) were enlisted to don overalls and try and look convincing in rear-projection flight sequences. In that company, I guess Myrna could more than measure up, no?