Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn take a break on the set of Viva Zapata!, 1951. Though Quinn thought himself a better choice for the part of Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, it was Quinn’s performance as Eufemio, Zapata’s brother, that became one of the movie’s best-reviewed elements. A friendly competition between the two stars emerged during the shoot, one that was preceded by Quinn earning rave reviews for playing Stanley Kowalski—a role that Brando famously originated on Broadway—in the touring production of A Streetcar Named Desire. While filming Viva Zapata!, the stars literally got into a pissing contest, standing on the banks of the Rio Grande to see who could shoot a stream the farthest. Brando won. He would later lose the Best Actor Oscar to Gary Cooper for High Noon (1952). Quinn fared better, receiving the Academy Award for that year’s Best Supporting Actor.
The naval career of Lieutenant William Bligh (Charles Laughton) is about to receive a serious setback in the 1935 Oscar-winning picture Mutiny on the Bounty, which also starred Clark Gable, Franchot Tone and the scenic waters of Monterey Bay, California. Laughton, no fan of seafaring, frequently succumbed to motion sickness throughout the shoot.
“It’s got so that every time I walk into a restaurant, I get not only soup, but an impersonation of Captain Bligh."
— Charles Laughton
Jean Harlow perches on a railing for photographer Clarence Sinclair Bull at L.A.'s Riviera Country Club, 1932. Opened in 1928, the exclusive Pacific Palisades hangout became a major attraction for Hollywood royalty like Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, notable golfers such as Ben Hogan and Sam Sneed, and served as filming locations for Pat and Mike (1952) and The Caddy (1953).
Aunt Minnie’s antithesis converses with director Billy Wilder on the set of The Seven Year Itch (1955).
“There was an actress named Marilyn Monroe. She was always late. She never remembered her lines. She was a pain in the ass. My Aunt Minnie is a nice lady. If she were in pictures she would always be on time. She would know her lines. She would be nice. Why does everyone in Hollywood want to work with Marilyn Monroe and no one wants to work with my Aunt Minnie? Because no one will go to the movies to watch my Aunt Minnie.”
— Billy Wilder
Mickey Rooney juggles Ann Rutherford, Judy Garland and Lana Turner in Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), the fourth Andy Hardy film in the 16-film series.
“There was, in fact, a standard studio recipe. Take one young actress, pluck her eyebrows, cap her teeth, shape her hairline, pad as required and throw her into the ring with Andy Hardy. Then wait and see. If the public responded, the starlet became a star.”
— Mickey Rooney