Romance films make the romantic love story or the search for strong and pure love and romance the main plot focus. Occasionally, romance lovers face obstacles such as finances, physical illness, various forms of discrimination, as in all quite strong and close romantic relationships, tensions of day-to-day life and differences in compatibility enter into the plots of romantic films. In romantic television series, the development of romantic relationships may play out over many episodes. Historical romance - A romantic story with a period setting and this includes films such as Gone with the Wind, Doctor Zhivago and Titanic. Romantic drama usually revolves around an obstacle which prevents deep and true love between two people. Music is often employed to indicate the mood, creating an atmosphere of greater insulation for the couple. The conclusion of a romantic drama typically does not indicate whether a final union between the two main characters will occur. Chick flick is a term associated with romance films as many are targeted to a female audience.
As such, the terms cannot be used interchangeably, films of this genre include Dirty Dancing, The Notebook, Dear John, A Walk to Remember, and Romeo + Juliet. Romantic comedies are films with light-hearted, humorous plotlines, centered on romantic ideals such as true love is able to surmount most obstacles. Humour in such films tends to be of a verbal, low-key variety or situational, films within this genre include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, Moonstruck, As Good as It Gets, Somethings Gotta Give, It Happened One Night, When Harry Met Sally. Romantic fantasies describe fantasy stories using many of the elements and conventions of the romance genre, romantic action comedies are films that blend romantic comedy and action. Examples include Killers and Day, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, This Means War, romantic thriller is a genre of film which has a storyline combining elements of the romance film and the thriller genre. Some examples of romantic thriller films are The Adjustment Bureau, The Phantom of the Opera, The Tourist, The Bodyguard and Wicker Park
Barry Fitzgerald was an Irish stage and television actor. In a career spanning almost forty years, he appeared in notable films as Bringing Up Baby, The Long Voyage Home, How Green Was My Valley, None but the Lonely Heart. For Going My Way, he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was born William Joseph Shields in Walworth Road, Dublin and his father was Irish and his mother was German. He was the brother of Irish actor Arthur Shields. He went to Skerrys College, before going on to work in the civil service and his career with the Abbey Theatre was from 1914–1936 where he was involved in numerous productions. By 1929, he turned to acting full-time and he was briefly a roommate of famed playwright Seán OCasey and starred in such plays as OCaseys Juno and the Paycock and the premiere of The Silver Tassie. Between 1931 and 1936 he appeared in three plays by Irish Playwright Teresa Deevy—A Disciple, In Search of Valour and Katie Roche, Fitzgerald went to Hollywood to star in another OCasey work, The Plough and the Stars, directed by John Ford.
He had a successful Hollywood career in films as The Long Voyage Home, How Green Was My Valley, And Then There Were None, The Naked City. In 1945, Fitzgerald achieved a unique Academy Awards feat, an avid golfer, he accidentally decapitated his Oscar while practicing his golf swing. During World War II, Oscar statuettes were made of plaster instead of gold-plated bronze to accommodate wartime metal shortages, the Academy provided Fitzgerald with a replacement statuette. Fitzgerald returned to live in Dublin in 1959, where he lived at 2 Seafield Ave and he died, as William Joseph Shields, in St Patricks Hospital, James Street, on 4 January 1961. Fitzgerald has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for pictures at 6252 Hollywood Boulevard. List of actors with Academy Award nominations and Hollywood Walk of Fame stars List of people on stamps of Ireland Boylan, Henry
Jane Waddington Wyatt was an American actress. Wyatt was a three-time Emmy Award-winner, jane Waddington Wyatt was born on August 12,1910, in Mahwah, New Jersey, but raised in Manhattan. Her father, Christopher Billopp Wyatt, Jr. was a Wall Street investment banker, and her mother, both of her parents were Roman Catholic converts. Wyatt had two sisters and a brother, One of her ancestors, Rufus King, was a signatory to the United States Constitution, a U. S. Senator and ambassador, and the Federalist candidate in the 1816 United States presidential election, while in New York City, Wyatt attended Miss Chapins School, where she had roles as Joan of Arc and as Shylock She attended two years of Barnard College. After leaving Barnard, she joined the school of the Berkshire Playhouse at Stockbridge, Massachusetts. One of her first jobs on Broadway was as understudy to Rose Hobart in a production of Trade Winds–a career move that cost her her listing in the New York Social Register. Receiving favorable notices on Broadway and celebrated for her understated beauty and she made her film debut in 1934 in One More River.
In arguably her most famous role, she co-starred as Ronald Colmans characters love interest in Frank Capras Columbia Pictures film Lost Horizon. All that was cut because they were trying to inspire those G. I. s to get out there, which sort of ruined the film. Other film appearances included Gentlemans Agreement with Gregory Peck, None but the Lonely Heart with Cary Grant, Boomerang with Dana Andrews, Wyatt co-starred in the crime dramas Pitfall and House by the River, and with Randolph Scott in a western, Canadian Pacific. She played the wife of Gary Cooper in the war story Task Force, Wyatt returned to her roots on the New York stage for a time and appeared in such plays as Lillian Hellmans The Autumn Garden, opposite Fredric March. For many people, Wyatt is best remembered as Margaret Anderson on Father Knows Best and she played opposite Robert Young as the devoted wife and mother of the Anderson family in the Midwestern town of Springfield. This role won Wyatt three Emmy Awards in 1958-1960 for best actress in a comedy series, after Father Knows Best, Wyatt guest starred in several other series.
On June 13,1962, she was cast in the lead in The Heather Mahoney Story on NBCs Wagon Train. In 1963, she portrayed Kitty McMullen in Dont Forget to Say Goodbye on the ABC drama, Going My Way, with Gene Kelly and Leo G. Carroll, a series about the Catholic priesthood in New York City. In 1965, Wyatt was cast as Anne White in The Monkeys Paw – A Retelling on CBSs The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. Wyatt portrayed Amanda Grayson, Spocks mother and Ambassador Sareks wife, in the 1967 episode Journey to Babel of the original NBC series, Star Trek, Wyatt was once quoted as saying her fan mail for these two appearances in this role exceeded that of Lost Horizon
Clifford Odets was an American playwright and director. Odets was widely seen as successor to Nobel Prize-winning playwright Eugene ONeill as ONeill began to retire from Broadways commercial pressures, from early 1935 on, Odets socially relevant dramas proved extremely influential, particularly for the remainder of the Great Depression. Odets works inspired the next generations of playwrights, including Arthur Miller, Paddy Chayefsky, Neil Simon, David Mamet. After the production of his play Clash by Night in the 1941-42 season, Odets focused his energies on film projects and he began to be eclipsed by such playwrights as Miller, Tennessee Williams and, in 1950, William Inge. At the time of his death in 1963, Odets was serving as script writer and script supervisor on The Richard Boone Show, born of a plan for televised repertory theater. Though many obituaries lamented his work in Hollywood and considered him someone who had not lived up to his promise, director Elia Kazan understood it differently.
The tragedy of our times in the theatre is the tragedy of Clifford Odets, Kazan began and his plan, he said, was to. Come back to New York and get plays on, they’d be, he assured me, the best plays of his life. Cliff wasnt shot. The mind and talent were alive in the man, Odets was born in Philadelphia to Louis Odets and Pearl Geisinger, Russian- and Romanian-Jewish immigrants, and was raised in Philadelphia and the Bronx, New York. He dropped out of school after two years to become an actor. In 1931, he became a member of the Group Theatre. This technique was based on the system devised by the Russian actor and director Constantin Stanislavski and it was further developed by Group Theatre director Lee Strasberg and became known as The Method or Method Acting. Odets eventually became the Groups primary playwright, Odets pursued acting with great passion and ingenuity. At the age of 19 he struck out on his own, under this moniker he procured bookings as a radio elocutionist. He moved away from his parents, to Greenwich Village, where he acted with the Poets Theatre under the direction of Village legend Harry Kemp.
Odets claimed to have become Americas first real disc jockey at about time, at radio station WBNY. In this capacity he saw the 1926 Broadway production of Seán OCaseys Juno, OCaseys work would prove to be a powerful influence on Odets as a playwright. The young Odets spent several summers as a counselor at camps in the Catskills
Dan Duryea was an American actor in film and television. Known for portraying a vast range of roles as a villain, he nonetheless had a long career in a wide variety of leading. Born and raised in White Plains, New York, Duryea graduated from White Plains High School in 1924, while at Cornell, Duryea was elected into the prestigious Sphinx Head Society, Cornells oldest senior honor society. He majored in English with a strong interest in drama, as his parents did not approve of his choice to pursue an acting career, Duryea became an advertising executive but after six stress-filled years, had a heart attack that sidelined him for a year. Returning to his love of acting and the stage, Duryea made his name on Broadway in the play Dead End, followed by The Little Foxes. In 1940, Duryea moved to Hollywood to appear in the version of The Little Foxes. He continued to establish himself with supporting and secondary roles in such as The Pride of the Yankees. In 1946, exhibitors voted him the eighth most promising star of tomorrow, in the 1950s, Duryea co-starred with James Stewart in three films, Winchester 73, Thunder Bay and Night Passage.
Not just an actor, but a successful one, I looked in the mirror and knew with my puss and 155-pound weakling body, I couldnt pass for a leading man, and I had to be different. And I sure had to be courageous, so I chose to be the meanest s. o. b. in the movies, strictly against my mild nature, as Im an ordinary, peace-loving husband and father. At first it was hard as I am a very even-tempered guy. Like the school bully who used to try and beat the hell out of me at least once a week, a sadistic family doctor that believed feeling pain when he treated you was the birthright of every man inasmuch as women suffered giving birth. Little incidents with trade-people who enjoyed acting superior because they owned their business, the one I used when I had to slap a woman around was easy. I was slapping the over-bearing teacher who would fail you in their holier-than-thou class, and especially the experiences I had dealing with the unbelievable pompous know-it-all-experts that I dealt with during my advertising agency days.
Almost going nuts trying to please these corporate heads until I finally got out of that racket and he worked in overseas film productions including the Italian Western The Hills Run Red and the spy thriller Five Golden Dragons in West Germany while continuing to find roles on American television. He appeared twice on the big screen with his son, character actor Peter Duryea, in the low-budget Westerns Taggart and The Bounty Killer. Duryea starred as the lead character China Smith in the television series China Smith from 1952 to 1956 and he spoofed his tough-guy image in a comedy sketch about a robbery on the Feb.20,1955 episode of The Jack Benny Program. Duryea guest starred as Roy Budinger, the mastermind of a criminal ring dealing in silver bullion
RKO Pictures Inc. known as RKO Radio Pictures and in its years RKO Teleradio Pictures, was an American film production and distribution company. It was one of the Big Five studios of Hollywoods Golden Age, RCA chief David Sarnoff engineered the merger to create a market for the companys sound-on-film technology, RCA Photophone. By the mid-1940s, the studio was under the control of investor Floyd Odlum, RKO has long been celebrated for its series of musicals starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the mid-to-late 1930s. Actors Katharine Hepburn and, Robert Mitchum had their first major successes at the studio, cary Grant was a mainstay for years. The work of producer Val Lewtons low-budget horror unit and RKOs many ventures into the now known as film noir have been acclaimed, largely after the fact, by film critics. The studio produced two of the most famous films in motion picture history, King Kong and Citizen Kane, RKO Pictures is a member of Motion Picture Association of America. Maverick industrialist Howard Hughes took over RKO in 1948, after years of turmoil and decline under his control, Hughes sold the troubled studio to General Tire and Rubber Company in 1955.
The original RKO Pictures ceased production in 1957 and was dissolved two years later. In 1981, broadcaster RKO General, the heir, revived it as a production subsidiary. In October 1927, Warner Bros. released The Jazz Singer and its success prompted Hollywood to convert from silent to sound film production en masse. The Radio Corporation of America controlled an advanced optical sound-on-film system, RCA Photophone, the industrys two largest major studios and Loews/MGM, with two other studios Universal and First National, were poised to contract with ERPI for sound conversion as well. Next on the agenda was securing a string of exhibition venues like those the leading Hollywood production companies owned, Kennedy began investigating the possibility of such a purchase. Around that time, the large Keith-Albee-Orpheum circuit of theaters, built around the medium of live vaudeville, was attempting a transition to the movie business. In mid-1927, the operations of Pathé Exchange and Cecil B. De Milles Producers Distributing Corporation had united under KAOs control, early in 1928, KAO general manager John J.
Murdock, who had assumed the presidency of Pathé, turned to Kennedy as an adviser in consolidating the studio with De Milles company, PDC. This was the relationship Sarnoff and Kennedy sought, on October 23,1928, RCA announced the creation of the Radio-Keith-Orpheum holding company, with Sarnoff as chairman of the board. Kennedy, who withdrew from his positions in the merged companies, kept Pathé separate from RKO. RCA owned the governing stock interest in RKO,22 percent, in the early 1930s, the companys production and distribution arm, presided over by former FBO vice-president Joseph I
A cigarette case is a sturdy container used to store small numbers of cigarettes and prevent them from being crushed. A typical cigarette case is a box that opens symmetrically into two halves. Each half stores a row of cigarettes, which are held in place by a spring or an elastic strap. Some cigarette cases are simply sturdy cases used to store standard cigarette packs, in modern times cigarette cases are made of plastic. Some cigarette cases come with features, such as built-in lighters or ashtrays. A cigarette box, much like a cigar humidor, is a larger item often stored on desktops or coffee tables, made of wood, glass, or ceramic, a cigarette box holds a larger number of cigarettes for use by the homeowner and guests. Typical cigarette tins in the United States of the 1920s–1930s stored 50 cigarettes, because of this, they were sometimes referred to by the nickname flat fifties. Cigarette cases are fashionable accessories within smoking culture, as such, they may be made of precious metals, adorned with artistic engravings and jewels.
Peter Carl Fabergé, while most famous for his Fabergé eggs, manufactured exquisite cases of gold and gems for the family of the Tsar, some of which are reportedly worth up to $25,000. At the opening of each of his new Broadway productions, Cole Porters wife, each was more beautiful than the last, in gold, silver or leather, many studded with gems and generally styled to relate to that shows theme. Cigarette cases are collectible items, common silver cigarette cases are most often chrome-plated, although there are silver-plated or polished aluminum cases in addition to genuine sterling ones. Cigarette cases used to be popular with soldiers, and many World War I, cigarette cases were a way to avoid the invasive labels. The United States Census Bureau, for the purposes of statistics, includes manufacturing or adorning of cigarette cases in the category NAICS339914 Costume jewelry. Due to the compactness of a case, being just small enough to conveniently fit in a pocket. In some of the James Bond films, Bond is issued gadgets which are concealed in cigarette cases, in the 1987 Disney TV movie Double Agent, the lead character, a spy, carries a cigarette case filled with licorice.
In the film Black Swan, Lily uses a cigarette case, in the film Constantine, John Constantine uses a cigarette case. Francisco Scaramanga, the antagonist in the 1974 film The Man with the Golden Gun, assembles his signature weapon the Golden Gun from a lighter, a pen. The Team Fortress 2 spy class is equipped with a disguise kit hidden inside his cigarette case, in Boardwalk Empire the main character Nucky Thompson can often be seen with a cigarette case
The term cockney has had several distinct geographical and linguistic associations. More recently, it is used to refer to those in Londons East End. Linguistically, cockney English refers to the accent or dialect of English traditionally spoken by working-class Londoners, in recent years, many aspects of cockney English have become part of general South East English speech, producing a variant known as Estuary English. The earliest recorded use of the term is 1362 in passus VI of William Langlands Piers Plowman, the mythical land of luxury Cockaigne appeared under a variety of spellings—including Cockayne and Cockney—and became humorously associated with the English capital London. This may have developed from the sources above or separately, alongside such terms as cock, by 1600, this meaning of cockney was being particularly associated with the Bow Bells area. In 1617, the travel writer Fynes Moryson stated in his Itinerary that Londoners, the same year, John Minsheu included the term in this newly restricted sense in his dictionary Ductor in Linguas.
The use of the term to describe all Londoners generally, survived into the 19th century before becoming restricted to the working class, the term is now used loosely to describe all East Londoners, although some distinguish the areas that were added to London in 1964. The region in which cockneys are thought to reside is not clearly defined, a common view is that in order to be a cockney, one must have been born within earshot of Bow Bells, the bells of St Mary-le-Bow. However, the church of St Mary-le-Bow was destroyed in 1666 by the Great Fire of London, although the bells were destroyed again in 1941 in the Blitz, they had fallen silent on 13 June 1940 as part of the British anti-invasion preparations of World War II. Before they were replaced in 1961, there was a period when, by the within earshot definition, the East London Maternity Hospital in Stepney, which was 2.5 miles from St Mary-le-Bow, was in use from 1884 to 1968. There is a maternity unit still in use at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, Home births were very common until the late 1960s.
According to the legend of Dick Whittington the bells could once be heard from as far away as the Highgate Archway, thus while all East Enders are cockneys, not all cockneys are East Enders. The area north of the Thames gradually expanded to include East Ham, West Ham, loach has a reputation for using genuine dialect speakers in films,3 Clear Sundays Up the Junction Cathy Come Home Poor Cow Bronco Bullfrog The Long Good Friday. The DVD of this film has a feature that explains the rhyming slang used. Nevertheless, the stop, double negatives, and the vocalisation of the dark L. The study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, said that the accent, migration of cockney speakers has led to migration of the dialect. In Essex, planned towns that grew from post-war migration out of London often have a strong influence on local speech. In recent years the dialect has moved out of inner-city London towards the outskirts of suburban London, today cockney-speaking areas include parts of Dagenham, Billericay, Romford, Loughton, Basildon, Thurrock
Ethel Barrymore was an American actress and a member of the Barrymore family of actors. Regarded as the First Lady of the American Theater, Barrymore was a preeminent stage actress in her era, Ethel Barrymore was born Ethel Mae Blythe in Philadelphia, the second child of the actors Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Drew. Her father was killed four months before her birth in a famous Old West encounter in Texas while heading a traveling road company. She was named for her father’s favorite character—Ethel in William Makepeace Thackeray’s The Newcomes and she was the sister of actors John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore, the aunt of actor John Drew Barrymore, and the grand-aunt of actress Drew Barrymore. She was a granddaughter of actress and theater-manager Louisa Lane Drew and she spent her childhood in Philadelphia, and attended Roman Catholic schools there. In 1884 she, her parents and brothers sailed to England, Maurice had inherited a substantial amount of money from an aunt and decided to exhibit a play and star in some plays at Londons Haymarket Theatre.
Ethel recalled being frightened on first meeting Oscar Wilde when handing him some cakes, returning to the U. S. in 1886, her father took her to her first baseball game. She established a lifelong love of baseball and wanted to be a concert pianist, the years in England were the happiest of her childhood years due to the fact the Barrymores were more of a nuclear family in London than at any other time when in the United States. Georgie did not recover and died in July 1893 a week before her 37th birthday, essentially Ethel and Lionels childhood ended when Georgie died. They were forced to go to work in their teens, John, a few years younger, stayed with their grandmother and other relatives. Barrymores first appearance on Broadway was in 1895, in a play called The Imprudent Young Couple which starred her uncle John Drew, Jr. and she appeared with Drew and Adams again in 1896 in Rosemary. In 1897 Ethel went with William Gillette to London to play Miss Kittridge in Gillettes Secret Service and she was about to return to the States with Gillettes troupe when Henry Irving and Ellen Terry offered her the role of Annette in The Bells.
A full London tour was on and, before it was over, Ethel created, on New Years Day 1898, Euphrosine in Peter the Great at the Lyceum, men everywhere were smitten with Ethel, most notably Winston Churchill, who asked her to marry him. Not wishing to be a wife, she refused. Winston, years later, married Clementine Hozier, a beauty who looked very much like Ethel. Winston and Ethel remained friends until the end of her life and their “romance” was their own little secret until his son let the cat out of the bag 63 years after it happened. After her season in London, Ethel returned to the United States, charles Frohman cast her first in Catherine and as Stella de Grex in His Excellency the Governor. After that, Frohman finally gave Ethel the role that would make her a star, Madame Trentoni in Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines, which opened at the Garrick Theatre on February 4,1901
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, bolstered by his appearances as a guest conductor in Europe and the United States. Tchaikovsky was honored in 1884, by Emperor Alexander III, although musically precocious, Tchaikovsky was educated for a career as a civil servant. There was scant opportunity for a career in Russia at that time. When an opportunity for such an education arose, he entered the nascent Saint Petersburg Conservatory, Tchaikovskys training set him on a path to reconcile what he had learned with the native musical practices to which he had been exposed from childhood. From this reconciliation, he forged a personal but unmistakably Russian style—a task that did not prove easy, Russian culture exhibited a split personality, with its native and adopted elements having drifted apart increasingly since the time of Peter the Great. This resulted in uncertainty among the intelligentsia about the countrys national identity—an ambiguity mirrored in Tchaikovskys career, despite his many popular successes, Tchaikovskys life was punctuated by personal crises and depression.
His homosexuality, which he kept private, has been considered a major factor. Tchaikovskys sudden death at the age of 53 is generally ascribed to cholera, there is a debate as to whether cholera was indeed the cause of death. While his music has remained popular among audiences, critical opinions were initially mixed, some Russians did not feel it was sufficiently representative of native musical values and expressed suspicion that Europeans accepted the music for its Western elements. Others dismissed Tchaikovskys music as lacking in elevated thought, according to longtime New York Times music critic Harold C, and derided its formal workings as deficient because they did not stringently follow Western principles. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, a town in Vyatka Governorate in the Russian Empire. His father, Ilya Petrovich Tchaikovsky, had served as a lieutenant colonel and engineer in the Department of Mines and his grandfather, Pyotr Fedorovich Tchaikovsky, served first as a physicians assistant in the army and as city governor of Glazov in Viatka.
His great-grandfather, a Ukrainian Cossack named Fyodor Chaika, distinguished himself under Peter the Great at the Battle of Poltava in 1709, Tchaikovskys mother, Alexandra Andreyevna, was the second of Ilyas three wives,18 years her husbands junior and French on her fathers side. Both Ilya and Alexandra were trained in the arts, including music—a necessity as a posting to an area of Russia meant a need for entertainment. Of Tchaikovskys six siblings, he was close to his sister Alexandra and twin brothers Anatoly, alexandras marriage to Lev Davydov would produce seven children and lend Tchaikovsky the only real family life he would know as an adult, especially during his years of wandering. One of those children, Vladimir Davydov, whom the composer would nickname Bob, in 1844, the family hired Fanny Dürbach, a 22-year-old French governess. Four-and-a-half-year-old Tchaikovsky was initially too young to study alongside his older brother Nikolai. By the age of six, he had become fluent in French, Dürbach saved much of Tchaikovskys work from this period, which includes his earliest known compositions, and became a source of several childhood anecdotes
June Ada Rose Duprez was an English film actress. She began acting in her teens with the Coventry repertory company after studying at the Froebel Institute and her peak of success came with the landmark fantasy film The Thief of Bagdad, which she made for Alexander Kordas London Films. Korda took charge of her career after this point and brought her to Hollywood where he set her asking price at $50,000 per film. However, as Duprez had not yet achieved the level of popularity in America that she had in Britain, this tactic only served to place her out of contention for most roles. When she was released from Kordas contract she appeared in such low budget fare as They Raid by Night, Little Tokyo, U. S. A. Clifford Odets grim None But the Lonely Heart, in which she co-starred with Cary Grant and Ethel Barrymore, Duprez performed well amid a top ensemble cast in René Clairs film version of Agatha Christies And Then There Were None. That same year she appeared opposite John Loder in The Brighton Strangler, in the film noir Calcutta she starred with Alan Ladd, Gail Russell, and William Bendix.
After a few motion pictures, Duprez moved to New York City for a brief career on. On 10 September 1944, Duprez starred in Forever Walking Free and she starred in the June 20,1946 episode of Suspense, titled Your Devoted Wife, on CBS radio. She married her first husband Frederick Beauchamp, a wealthy Harley Street doctor, in 1935 and she married for a second time in October 1948 to George Moffett, Jr. a wealthy sportsman. They had two daughters, but ended in divorce in 1965 and she died there, after a long period of illness on 30 October 1984 at age 66. June Duprez June Duprez at Find a Grave Video, June Duprez and Frank Buck in Tiger Fangs on YouTube
Sylvia Scarlett is a 1935 romantic comedy film starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, based on The Early Life and Adventures of Sylvia Scarlett, a novel by Compton MacKenzie. Directed by George Cukor, it was notorious as one of the most famous movies of the 1930s. Hepburn plays the role of Sylvia Scarlett, a female con artist masquerading as a boy to escape the police. The success of the subterfuge is in part due to the transformation of Hepburn by RKO make-up artist Mel Berns. This film was the first pairing of Grant and Hepburn, who starred together in Bringing Up Baby, Holiday. Cary Grants performance as a dashing rogue sees him incorporate a Cockney accent, Cockney was not, Cary Grants original accent. Sylvia Scarlett and her father, flee France one step ahead of the police, while employed as a bookkeeper for a lace factory, was discovered to be an embezzler. While on the ferry, they meet a gentleman adventurer, Jimmy Monkley. According to RKO records, the film lost a whopping $363,000, and thus began a downturn in Hepburns career from which she would eventually recover