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[In the 1930s] the influence of films upon manners and morals can hardly be overestimated. Clark Gable wore no undershirt in 'It Happened One Night'  and put a crimp in the undershirt industry. Hat manufacturers were irritated if a leading man wore no hat. Lobbyists were constantly at work in Hollywood attempting to get stars, male and female, to smoke; sometimes to get men to smoke cigars instead of cigarettes. I was offered a handsome gift if I could induce Ginger Rogers to smoke a cigar in a scene.
Is the moving picture to be the play of the future?
The New York Times, August 20, 1911
When I have talked with Orson Welles, I feel like a plant that has been watered
Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) talking about Orson Welles (1915-1985), one of 20th century's true film geniuses, who directed her in "Touch of Evil" (1958), now regarded an international classic, but at the time made on a tight budget. Said Ms. Dietrich: "The budget was like a handout to a beggar." Always close friends, "Touch of Evil" was made many years after Welles and Dietrich successfully toured together with his magic act
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