The almost insanely beautiful New York girl with the adorable overbite
started out as a model and with some theatre acting on Broadway
before being contracted by 20th Century Fox. Her film acting debut was
in 1940 and the first years she often had to play roles as fake
exotic women (as in the pic above) in a slew of crappy films with racist
tendencies (where a white bwana met a pacific native girl to be his
sexual slave, or something like that if you want to be cynical). However,
after having dazzled everyone with her photogenic presence in
Joseph von Sternberg's 1942 trashy but visual feast The Shanghai
Gesture, she finally got a great role in Ernst Lubitch 1943
Can Wait. The, the year after she finally earned her place
in Film History Hall of Fame when she portrayed the fake murder victim
Otto Preminger's 1944 Film Noir Crime classic Laura,
based on Vera Caspary's novel .... surprise .... Laura.
Then followed 2 roles as a Bitch. 1945 in John M. Stahl's Film Noir
in Color MASTERPIECE Leave Her to Heaven, and in 1946
Edge against Tyrone Power (based on Somerset Maugham's novel)
Leave Her to Heaven is one of the greatest films ever
made, a psychological drama thriller Noir with color cinematography
ability to describe in words, and this combined with the otherworldly
beauty of Gene Tirney and her sensational performance as the
mentally disturbed Ellen Berent, her best acting ever, makes this film
a classic that grows in stature in Film History.
The famous scene in the boat with her cold blank face (pic above left)
is for sure one of the most horrific on film, ever.
Gene probably had her last really great role in the 1947 The
Ghost and Mrs. Muir by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, a bitter-sweet
romantic love story where she played against Rex Harrison. Yeah, a comedy
it says but even though undeniably great, watching it always
makes me melancholic and sad. Maybe there's something wrong with me?
Bittersweet comedy, yeah, yeah, that usually means Feel Bad.
Shanghai Gesture, 1942
Gene was immensely popular during the 1940's, at first
on the theatre stage and then in Hollywood wher she became one of the
and pursued by some of the most popular and rich bachelor's of the world,
as Prince Aly Khan and future President JF Kennedy.
But, after being infected by the measles during her pregnancy she gave
birth to a gravely disabled daughter, and Gene started to suffer
from depression and other mental problems, and a lot of misery followed,
about which can be read in Wikipedia and other sources.
DVD edition of 1943 Ernst Lubitsch film
Playboy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) has died and gone
to Hell. Together with a jovialic Satan they reminisces his life to
see if he's
in the right place, in Heaven or Hell. Flashbacks to different parts
of his life follows. When he was a 16 year old boy and his governess,
played by our own swedish Hollywood export, Signe Hasso lost her job
when she took the boy to a bar, when he was 26 and met
Gene Tierny's Martha Strable in a bookshop, more episodes from his life
follows until Satan sends him up to Heaven.
1.33:1 fullscreen original ratio, english mono audio,
in color, Swedish DVD edition region 2 PAL, barebones no extras