Hollywood Speaks French in the 1940s!

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Hollywood Speaks French in the 1940s!

Unread post by brendangcarroll » Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:08 am

Interesting recent discovery by the great Michael Feinstein.....as reported by the equally great Leonard Maltin:-

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Re: Hollywood Speaks French in the 1940s!

Unread post by wingate » Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:07 pm

Since when has French ever been the most widely spoken on the planet?

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Re: Hollywood Speaks French in the 1940s!

Unread post by bobfells » Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:03 pm

Interesting - shows that Hollywood stars or at least a few of them extended their range to bi-lingual works after the early talkie era when even Laurel & Hardy spoke Spanish and German phonetically. I guess that French was still regarded as the "diplomatic language" in the 1940s, hence Ms. Hunt's statement about its worldwide usage.

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Re: Hollywood Speaks French in the 1940s!

Unread post by wich2 » Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:02 pm

I think that's the case, Bob.

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Re: Hollywood Speaks French in the 1940s!

Unread post by greta de groat » Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:30 pm

I was intrigued by a video i saw a few months back which had interviews conducted by François Chalais in the 50s and 60s, which including a few Hollywood folks. Jane Fonda, Yul Brynner, Kirk Douglas and Billy Wilder all conducted their interviews in French. Gary Cooper wandered into the Billy Wilder interview and mumbled a few words. Anthony Quinn was also interviewed in French but kept complaining that it was difficult. I can't remember now if Hitchcock spoke French, but i believe that the De Mille, John Wayne, Gregory Peck and Bette Davis all spoke English.

I was always amused that in watching Design for Living, it sounds to me like Coop speaks better French than Fredric March.

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