For years in Hollywood, Joan Crawford battled monsters. In classic films like What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, she was known for her starring roles. About Bette Davis. She was also notorious for her less than reassuring style of parenting: the topic of the book and movie Mommie Dearest was her violent tendencies.
There is also a movie that was made by Crawford that most people don’t know about.
A little-known film by Joan Crawford 1.
In the Broadway show Innocent Eyes, as part of the show’s chorus, Crawford began her career in 1924. Prior to that, before actually being discovered as a dancer in Detroit, she had appeared in numerous touring reviews under a different stage name.
However, Crawford had another project called The Casting Couch the year before, which was her very first on-screen job.
A softcore adult movie, which at the time was pornographic sexual pornography, was The Casting Couch.
The movie features young actors who go to a party in Hollywood and dream of becoming stars, performing scenes from different movies.
With a title like “The Casting Couch,” of course, it is not shocking that in the back rooms of the party there are some steamy experiences.
In hopes of launching her career in Hollywood, Crawford played the small part of Gloria, a seductive aspiring actress who finds herself performing sex acts.
The Casting Couch was only one of several romantic films in which Crawford starred, including Velvet Lips, The Plumber and She Knows Best, according to The Daily Mail and biographers who have researched Crawford’s life.
The family of Joan Crawford was not pleased with the films.
Based on Joan Crawford’s biography, The Daily Mail wrote on what happened after The Casting Couch: Hollywood Martyr.
Author David Bret said the films were representative of how much Crawford wanted to be a star at the time, though seemingly out of character for Crawford.
“You could almost say they reflect what would soon become [Crawford’s] own way of gaining recognition: the starlet so desperate to get a foothold in movies that she gives the surprised producer a blowjob before ripping off her clothes and hopping onto the couch in his office,” Bret said.
Crawford’s mother found out about the movie and was on the verge of kicking her out of the house, but she was offered a deal with the MGM film studio just days later. She started to financially support her mother and brother in the late 1920s, before finally splitting from them.
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Joan Crawford has many times been blackmailed.
They started threatening her not long after she stopped helping her mother and brother, saying they would release the video to the press.
Crawford was relegated to a corner, according to sources, and had no choice but to pay for her own brother.
Crawford reportedly wrote her brother, actor Hal LeSueur, a number of checks to prevent him from disclosing to the press anything about her pornographic background.
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Still, Crawford denied ever acting in movies like The Casting Couch, but indicated that she received threats to release such movies in her 1962 memoir. She also wrote that during her honeymoon, in 1935, she even got threats over the phone. “Two men said they had in their possession a deer roll in which I danced.
They wanted me to sell it,’ she recalled.
Research by Bret showed that there was indeed a transaction. “There is an entry in Joan’s FBI file that says as much as $100,000 may have been turned over to this unknown extortionist at that time – and that MGM had made an earlier payment, almost certainly to the same man some believed was Joan’s brother Hal,” he said.
Although it remains unclear precisely who was behind the attack, it was clear that the payout prevented any potential scandal reports from making their way to the press. “The payment must have come with a stern warning, if not an actual death threat, to the perpetrator,” Bret wrote. “Although it is known that several Crawford ‘bachelor films’ are still hanging around in private collections, Joan never had to deal with the matter again.”