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Monthly Archives: July, 2014

TORCH SONG: Joan Crawford in Blackface—And That’s Not All!

Early on in Torch Song, the 1953 MGM “musical” starring Joan Crawford as an uber-diva, she’s kvetching to her producer (James Todd): Crawford: “The script needs jokes, the music needs cutting and the staging—aaugh, it stinks!” Todd: “You don’t think it’s going to be a flop?” Crawford: “No show Jenny Stewart’s in is going to …

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