“An actor has to work hard to get up to 25 thousand dollars a picture, then he has to struggle to 50 thousand dollars. Then he’s over the hump and moves upwards by the 25 thousand.” – Dick Powell, explaining movie star salaries in 1946.
By the way, Powell reportedly earned $150,000 for making Johnny O’Clock (1947).
Dames (1933). With Ruby Keeler.
A kiss is still a kiss? Not according to movie sound technicians who worked during the Golden Age of Hollywood. Apparently, many of them had a cheat sheet on stars, listing distances that they needed to keep during love scenes.
“Dick is like a bashful lover. He kisses softly, without making much sound. The microphone must be held six inches away.” — Richard Williams, sound technician at Warner Bros. in 1936.
Quote source: newspaper scribe Donna Risher.
Photo> With Ruby Keeler.
Happiness Ahead (1934)…or is it Happiness a Head?