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Jimmie Fidler in Hollywood, Aug. 31, 1940

Aug. 31, 1940, British Bomb Heart of Berlin

Aug. 31, 1940, Nazi prisoner

Aug. 31, 1940, Nazi prisoner

Aug. 31, 1940: Paulette Goddard, who couldn't afford the loss, dropped seven pounds during her "Second Chorus" dances with Fred Astaire, Jimmie Fidler says. 

And Hedda Hopper (I know you have been missing her!) says Orson Welles filmed every scene in “Citizen Kane” with a metronome. You think?

 Aug. 31, 1940, Jimmie Fidler

Aug. 31, 1940, Hedda Hopper

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Very interesting take from Ms. Hopper on Orson Welles. What many readers may not have known at the time was that Hopper's arch rival, Louella Parsons, perhaps in an effort to ingratiate herself with her boss, William Randolph Hearst, spearheaded the chain's efforts to vilify Welles because of 'Kane's' obvious references to Hearst as the model for Charles Foster Kane.

On the metronome? Doubt it. Welles had a master's instinct for pacing. It was King Vidor who used the metronome technique in 'The Big Parade'. Personally heard Vidor describe how he used it in the Arden Woods sequence of 'Parade'.


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