Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Franchot, 1905-1968

Franchot Tone 
February 27, 1905 - September 18, 1968


In 1936, Franchot shared this:
I'd like to stay with acting for the rest of my life. When I'm middle-aged—well, then I'll take middle-aged parts. And when I'm old I can always be a character actor...I wouldn't give up pictures. The stage is better, offers more opportunity for sustained moods and continued work; but it would be swell to come out to Hollywood for a part of every year, and then go back to the footlights.
It is easy to lament that Franchot did not end up with more prominent, starring roles in films throughout his entire life. I think about the big roles he didn't get that would've made a perfect fit, the awards I wish he'd been bestowed, the attention his talent deserved but never fully received. This is the wrong way to think of Franchot though.

Look at the massive amount of work he did! The words he shared with a reporter in '36 held true. He stayed with acting and had no qualms about transferring to middle-aged parts and later, character roles. In fact, Franchot seemed to relish his parts more as the years passed.

He lived the life he wanted—dividing his time between the New York stage and a California studio. He worked through professional successes and disappointments, personal triumphs and struggles, health and illness. Acting was clearly his true love and one to which he forever remained faithful.

Franchot's life is not a sad story. It's the story of a man who lived on his own terms, who didn't measure his worth on the amount of top billings he received, who continues to positively impact a woman 79 years his junior on a daily basis.



Thank you, Franchot.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Franchot and Sylvia Sidney

Sylvia Sidney was born on August 8, 1910 in New York and, like Franchot, never abandoned her first love of the theater. In fact, Franchot and Sylvia had a lot of connections throughout the years as you'll see. Sylvia successfully juggled theater, film, and television from the mid-1920's all the way up to her last role the 1998 tv reboot of Fantasy Island. (Sylvia would argue with me that it was simply a "part," not a role...she was particular about that.)


Sylvia is a member, along with Loretta Young and Natalie Wood, of my trio of favorite actresses. I could watch her work without end. I'm fortunate that Franchot worked with all three in his lifetime. I've watched a lot of Sylvia over the last several years and wrote about the Tone-Sidney 1939 play The Gentle People back in 2016 (here.) This summer I finally read Scott O'Brien's biography Sylvia Sidney: Paid by the Tear which I highly recommend. Sylvia was beautiful, driven, talented, and very outspoken. As she grew older, she became especially cantakerous, but sometimes her quips to reporters and fans were delivered with an ounce of humor and mischief. If you've ever watched 1990's interviews of her on Youtube, you know what I am talking about here. Let's just say if I had had the opportunity to meet her, she may have very well made me cry. O'Brien writes that when a fan approached Sylvia in Bloomingdale's and told he had hundreds of photos of her, Sylvia replied, "You're f'***ing crazy! Your house must be a mess!" Reading that passage made me laugh out loud, but if I were that fan, I would've been shocked. Without further ado, all of the Sylvia Sidney photos and play-related scans in this post are from my own collection. I assure you I'm not crazy and my house is mostly tidy.




Sylvia was so much more than a grouchy workaholic (look how exuberant her smile is in the candids above) and O'Brien's biography really delves into her familial and professional experiences and her dedication to her son, dogs, and career. I also think it's telling that Sylvia liked to attend celebratory film events and then criticize its attendees for living in the past. She didn't have to attend these events or be interviewed. But she did and I think it's because she secretly liked it. There were disappointments throughout her life that I believe hardened her shell a bit so that she increasingly spouted these harsh, irascible comments as a shield of protection. As a fan myself, I wish that she would've been more receptive to and outwardly appreciative of her fans' interest in her, but I must admit that I really admire how she lived her life on her own terms. I wish that I had an ounce of the audacity she possessed. 

Like Franchot, Sylvia grew up in a household without financial issues and very early on dedicated herself to being an actor. Both Franchot and Sylvia could've coasted through life, but possessed the drive to embrace their own paths and be discovered through hard work on the stage instead. They would both state how disenchanted the film world made them feel at times and continuously worked at improving their skills while delivering plays with important social messages through the Group Theatre. Both Franchot and Sylvia refused to take fame too seriously and embraced their transformation into character actors. On top of their personal and professional similarities, Franchot and Sylvia simply liked each other.

Ten years before they teamed up for their Group Theatre comebacks in The Gentle People, 24-year old Franchot and 19-year-old Sylvia acted together in Cross Roads. It ran for 28 performances at the Morosco Theatre in November and December 1929. Written by Martin Flavin, the play would be adapted into the 1932 film The Age of Consent. Eric Dressler played a first-year medical student Michael who wants to quit school to marry Pat. When Pat (Sylvia Sidney) wants to wait, Michael is caught in a clandestine evening with a waitress and his life at school and with Pat is threatened.

On November 6, Variety called it a "poignant, wistful little comedy...Excellently acted, the dialog, easy and natural, and it has all been staged superbly." By November 27, the play had grossed $8,500 (Measuringworth.com rates that around 1 million today.) 

The dialogue may have not been the only aspect that came "easy and natural" to its actors. Author O'Brien reveals that Franchot told interviewer Gladys Hall in 1933 that he had been "seriously in love" with a co-star:
We didn't marry, because I felt it would be unfair to the girl. She was very talented. She had a big career ahead of her. We broke it off and she has gone on, as I knew she should. She is a very successful star right now.
Although Franchot didn't name the costar, Hall then and O'Brien later guessed that Sylvia may be the girl. By 1933, Sylvia had become a big star in Hollywood. 1931 to 1933 saw Sylvia in such classics as An American Tragedy, City Streets, Merrily We Go to Hell, Street Scene, Madame Butterfly and Jennie Gerhardt. In 1934, movie magazines declared that Sylvia was the Hollywood beauty with the most ideal face. I believe that it is very likely that Franchot is referring to Sylvia in this interview. Although a great deal of his costars were very successful in theater, Sylvia's the only one of his early theater costars that comes to mind who had that level of stardom in Hollywood in 1933. Franchot had many, many love affairs—some not so serious and some very serious, some well-publicized and some very secretive. But I have a feeling he may be talking about Sylvia here, too. 




In 1939 after many years focused on films, Franchot returned to the stage in The Gentle People, a Group Theatre production co-starring Sylvia. On February 6, 1939, Life magazine reported:
Where The Gentle People lags, it is supported by radiant acting from Franchot Tone, Sylvia Sidney and Sam Jaffe, all returned from Hollywood to Broadway, and from the Group company who have become past masters at U.S. realism.
Variety, on January 11, 1939, reported:
Franchot Tone returned from Hollywood to play Goff, giving the part a clear reading and believable type of tough guy...Sylvia Sidney is the willful Stella, an assignment which she excellently delivers.


During the play's run that included 141 performances from January to May 1939 at the Belasco Theatre, Franchot and Sylvia were frequently seen out together socializing for fun as well as for a cause. Sylvia was married to actor and director Luther Adler at the time and would give birth to their only son Jody whom she absolutely adored by the end of the year. Still, Franchot and Sylvia were photographed together in restaurants and many wondered if a romance was afoot.



Franchot and Sylvia took the social causes that drew them to the Group Theatre to heart. They were committed to using their fame to bring awareness to injustice. Just two months before The Gentle People's opening night, German Jews were brutally attacked by paramilitary and civilians in retaliation for the assassination of a Nazi German diplomat. We know now that this horrific persecution would only get worse. To encourage the United States government to take a stand against Nazis and brutal acts such as these, Franchot and Sylvia hosted a fundraiser for Committee of 56. The 56 was named for the number of original signers of the Declaration of Independence. The Committee aimed to rally against acts of Nazism and boycott anything associated with Germany until those acts were prevented.

Franchot and Sylvia also traveled to Washington, D.C. together. They met with President Roosevelt to protest the budget cuts against the Federal Theatre Project.

Having spent a great deal of time together in 1939, Franchot and Sylvia went their separate ways but still took such similar paths. Sylvia had her son Jody with Luther Adler. In 1946, Sylvia divorced Luther and was married to Carlton Alsop from 1947 to 1951. Franchot would marry actress Jean Wallace in 1941 and have two sons. He and Jean would divorce in 1948 and he would later marry Barbara Payton and then Dolores Dorn. Franchot would balance a life in films, theater, and television as would Sylvia.

When I'm asked which two actors I'd liked to have seen in a film together, I've always immediately answered Franchot and Sylvia. I'm so disappointed that they didn't do something together in the 1930's. I think they would've been perfect in a romantic drama together. Look at Franchot's movies that include messages about the human condition and moral dilemma. I could easily picture Sylvia as Franchot's leading lady in Exclusive Story or Gentlemen are Born or Straight is the Way. Equally, I could envision Franchot as Sylvia's leading man in Street Scene, Jennie Gerhardt, and One Third of a Nation.

It seems I was almost granted my wish in the 1940's. O'Brien's book reveals that Franchot and Sylvia nearly did co-star in a film in 1946. They both signed on to co-star in the film Repeat Performance. After the film was delayed, Sylvia dropped out to film Love from a Stranger instead. Franchot would film Honeymoon, Lost Honeymoon, and Her Husband's Affairs in 1947. Repeat Performance went on to star Louis Hayward and Joan Leslie and was released in 1947. It as a film noir that includes elements of time travel and science fiction.

In 1956, Luther Adler and Sylvia reunited to co-star in the play A Very Special Baby. There was a lot of tension and bickering between the two exes and although the play was noted for Sidney and Adler's superb acting, critics found the play to be "overwrought." Playwright Robert Alan Aurthur witnessed the battles and ended up writing The Thundering Wave, an episode of Playhouse 90. The Thundering Wave was about two exes who are reunited on the stage and clashes ensue. Those two exes, based on Sylvia and Luther, were performed by Joan Bennett and....Franchot Tone.


Sources:

  • "Cross Roads." Variety. November 6, 1929. pg 63.
  • Doherty, Thomas. "Remembering the Hollywood Mogul who Rescued Hundreds of Germany's Jews." The Hollywood Reporter. December 29, 2015.
  • "Low Tide Totals of Between Holiday Period Expected by B'way Legits." Variety. November 27, 1929. pg 59.
  • O'Brien, Scott. Sylvia Sidney: Paid by the Tear. Bear Manor Media, 2016.
  • Smith, Wendy. Real Life Drama: The Group Theatre and America, 1931-1940; New York: Knopf, 1990.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Girl from Missouri (1934)

I'm happy to be covering The Girl from Missouri (1934) as part of In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood's 4th Annual Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon. You can enjoy all of the other wonderful entries that have been submitted here.


The Girl from Missouri is one of four films costarring Franchot Tone and Jean Harlow and one of two films costarring Franchot and Lionel Barrymore (the other is 1933's The Stranger's Return.) It is my favorite of the Jean-Franchot pairings, which include Bombshell, Suzy, and Reckless.

Eadie (Jean Harlow) wants to escape her brow-beaten mother and bully of a stepfather so best friend Kitty helps her catch a train. She's saved her money and wants to show the world she has "ideals." On the train Eadie reveals that she will get married for money and a good life, because she doesn't want to end up like her mother who married for love.

When they discover that the wealthy Frank Cousins (Lewis Stone) is throwing a party, Eadie and Kitty, both dancers, make sure they are included in the entertainment. When he realizes T.R. Paige (Lionel Barrymore) has arrived, Cousins' countenance completely changes. With shaky hands, he lights a cigar for T.R. and privately asks him for financial help. T.R. denies him because back in the day Mr. Cousins had refused to help T.R. Eadie wanders into Frank Cousins' office and he gives her ruby cufflinks and tells her he will miss her dance number because he has something to do. After she exits his office, Cousins commits suicide. T.R. comes in to see what the commotion is and ends up protecting Eadie from an investigation.




After Eadie suggests marriage, T.R. gives her money but assures her that he is no "ladies' man" and should be taken off her list of possible husbands. Eadie is not easily swayed and secretly follows (with Kitty in tow) T.R. to Palm Beach. Patsy Kelly is wonderfully humorous as Kitty, the wise-cracking best friend who falls for manual laborers and service operators while Sadie digs for gold. Kitty refers to herself as "just an old-fashioned homegirl like Mae West."


At T.R. Paige's Palm Beach office, we are introduced to his son T.R., Jr. or Tom (Franchot Tone), a fun-loving playboy immediately attracted to Eadie. Tom is surprised when the secretary tells him Eadie is after his dad and when he tells Eadie and Kitty that he, himself, is T.R. Paige, they don't believe him. Eadie believes Tom is just a clerk at the bank and tries to get rid of him. Unbeknownst to her, Tom is pedaling her and Kitty across town and eavesdrop as she reveals her goal to marry wealthy.


At the beach, Tom and Eadie kiss, but she says she won't fall in love with him. Tom points to the Paige yacht and tells her he will sneak her on, but Eadie and Kitty leave Tom behind on the dock.


On the yacht, Eadie is shocked to learn that Tom is T.R.'s son. In his portrayal of T.R., Lionel Barrymore makes it clear that he is amused by Eadie's antics, but that he will attack anyone who might take advantage of his son. He becomes less tolerant of Eadie as the film goes on and Lionel perfectly captures this transformation in his character. In one scene, T.R. reveals his need to be near and protect his son, saying:
Come out to Washington tonight with us, Tom. We're going to have a lot of fun...You know how often I've seen ya since you picked up that blonde chiseler?
When he sees the diamond bracelet Tom's purchased for Eadie, T.R. realizes how far Tom's fallen in love and decides it's time to teach his son a lesson.










T.R. pleads with his son:
Tom, she's not worthwhile. Drop her at her hotel and come on north with me.
Tom agrees to meet his dad at the station after he seduces Eadie. Both T.R. and Tom still think that because she's out for a millionaire that Eadie is also a promiscuous woman. Tom is shocked when Eadie rejects his advances and he learns she's on the level about wanting marriage before sex. She tells Tom she truly loves him and begs him not to make her "cheap" and so Tom asks his driver to take her home.

After his toast at a banquet in his honor, T.R. is interrupted by a visit from his son. We learn that Tom is deeply in love with Eadie and will marry her at any cost. Still certain his son is being played, T.R. says he won't let his son make a fool of himself by marrying Eadie. He tells him he's never denied him anything and Tom's all he's got in the world. Lionel and Franchot are wonderful in this scene. It shows the natural father-son bond the characters have and the sentimentality is not overwrought. It hits just the right note. (Lionel and Franchot performed similarly as rival neighbors who actually respect and like each other quite a lot in 1933's The Stranger's Return.)

T.R. reluctantly agrees to the marriage, but we soon see that the care he's exhibited toward his son has now turned into contempt for Eadie. T.R. immediately arranges a deal with a district attorney to bring scandal down on Eadie and sever the relationship before she becomes his daughter-in-law.

I won't spoil the ending in case you haven't seen it, but Eadie puts up more of a struggle than T.R. expects. As the golddigger who already possesses a heart of gold, Jean Harlow turns in an excellent performance.

The dialogue, camerawork, and characters capture the best qualities of the three main actors. This is one of my favorite of Lionel Barrymore's roles, because it superbly shows off his ability to be debonair and endearing in one scene and calculating and ruthless the next.





If you don't have the Jean Harlow-Franchot Tone films on DVD yet, I suggest buying the Region 1 Jean Harlow box set by Warner Archive. The box set includes the four Franchot films (Bombshell, The Girl from Missouri, Suzy, and Reckless) as well as Jean's films Riffraff, Personal Property, and Saratoga. Warner Archive has not released Suzy as an individual DVD, it's only available in the set, so it's an economical and enjoyable option to buy the set. This is not a sponsored ad or anything like that, just good sense if you're planning to add all four Jean-Franchot titles to your collection eventually.

I love the Barrymores and am so pleased that In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood has hosted another blogathon celebrating them. Again, to read all the wonderful entries, please click here.


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Updates

I'm still waiting to scan two things before I publish my post on Franchot and Sylvia Sidney (my scanner is currently down so I have to scan elsewhere) and it's been awhile since I posted a general "Where to Find Franchot on the Web" list, so here you go:

Finding Franchot Fansite
I've added many more photos from my collection and from old screen star magazines on the fansite. I still have more to scan and add, but you'll find there's much more than there was a few months ago. You can view those by clicking on:
Portraits/Photos
Candid Photos
Film Stills/Publicity
Newspaper/Magazine Photos
Selected Screenshots
Television Photos
Theater Photos
I've also started adding film summaries on the films page there and will continue to work on that. Eventually, I'd like to compose a full biographical sketch for the Life section on the fansite, but I haven't had the time yet. Hoping to make great strides in all areas of the site before winter.

Watching Franchot
Here are the movies/tv appearances available for online viewing that I've come across lately:
Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Final Performance (1964) on Daily Motion
Jigsaw (1949), Lost Honeymoon (1947), Trail of the Vigilantes (1940), This Woman is Mine (1941), I Love Trouble (1948) on Youtube
Suspense: All Hallow's Eve (1952), Shadow Over Elveron (1968), Award (1955), Bonanza: Denver McKee (1960) on Youtube
The Man on the Eiffel Tower (1949), Without Honor (1949), Phantom Lady (1944) on Internet Archive
Studio One: Twelve Angry Men (1954), Wagon Train: The Malachi Hobart Story (1962) on Internet Archive
She Knew All the Answers (1941), True to Life (1943), Moulin Rouge (1934), and The Wife Takes a Flyer (1942) on Rarefilmm.
Jigsaw (1949) and Dark Waters (1944) are free to watch if you have Amazon Prime.
Twilight Zone: The Silence (1961) is free to watch if you have Netflix.

The most recent DVD release has been the 2018 re-release of Dark Waters (originally on DVD in 2012). Unfortunately, I don't see anything slated to release in the coming months. UPDATE: I missed an important DVD release and want to thank the commenter who pointed out that The Girl Downstairs is being released on August 21st! I am so happy about this revelation as this is one of my absolute favorite romantic comedies. (I wrote about it here.) You can pre-order the DVD on WBShop and Amazon today!



Since Universal Vault Series released Nice Girl? (1941) about two years ago, I was hoping to see a follow-up release of Franchot and Deanna Durbin's second film and a personal favorite His Butler's Sister (1943). I have also been hoping for a DVD release of The Stranger's Return (1933) ever since it was first shown at a TCM Film Festival and on the TCM Network in 2014. I'm crossing my fingers that 2019 brings us more DVD releases as there are still many Franchot films not commercially available.

If you have the American cable channel TCM, look for Franchot in the upcoming showings of:
Man-Proof (1938) on August 2nd at 11:45 a.m. Eastern
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) on August 11th at 9:30 a.m. Eastern
The Stranger's Return (1933) on August 16th at 6:00 a.m. Eastern
Without Honor (1949) on August 27th at 11:00 a.m.




Saturday, July 7, 2018

Franchot at 420 Layton Drive

Mystery solved! In May, I wrote about Franchot's World War II draft card (here)and pondered the address that was included as his residence: 420 Layton Drive, Los Angeles, California. At that time, I wrote:
When I Google his address, all that gets returned is the alternate address of 470 Layton Way in Los Angeles, a plantation-style mansion designed by architect John Byers for wealthy Phillip Ilsley, who lived in it beginning in 1937. Actor Wayne Morris and his wife Leonora "Bubbles" Hornblow lived there after their marriage in 1939, but divorced soon after in 1940. I don't know how Franchot could've lived in this house at the time, logistically, but with its immaculate landscaping (it included a waterfall, tennis court, and pool) it certainly seems like the type of house Franchot might occupy, short or long term. It is probably that Google is leading me in the wrong direction since a lot of streets change over time. When he registered to vote the same year, Franchot listed his address as 10333 Wilshire Boulevard. 1940 was an interesting year for Franchot. He was fresh from his recent return to the stage and only made one film that year, the western comedy Trail of the Vigilantes. He was single and seen around town with many gorgeous and talented Hollywood ladies (including Carole Landis and Olivia deHavilland) during that time. My point is that he was playing the field in romance and his career at the time, so it is very likely that he was also not settled in one residence or another.
Well, Google was not leading me in the wrong direction. Franchot did live at 420 Layton Drive (or Way) in 1940! I found an article about the romance between Paulette Goddard and Franchot's buddy Burgess Meredith and it mentions the house:

Source: "Paulette's in Love". Photoplay.
Jan-Jun 1943. www.archive.org
The writer refers to the house as the "Pandemonium", ha! This confirms that Franchot did indeed live in the house and used it as a bachelor pad with his friend Burgess Meredith. If you'd like to virtually explore the house, please visit Paradise Leased (here) which has a full detailed post on it with photographs, but no mention of Franchot. Sadly, the house was demolished in 2000.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Run for Your Life: Tell It Like It Is (1967)

Franchot stars as Judge Taliaferro Wilson in season 3, episode 10 of the popular television drama Run for Your Life. Run for Your Life ran from 1965-68 on NBC. In each episode, an attorney with a terminal illness (Ben Gazzara) encounters different people and situations, often helping them out. This great show is sadly not on commercial DVD at the moment and is rarely shown on television. I hope that changes in the future. It was shown on COZI television network years ago and that's how I've taken these screenshots. COZI network is still around so maybe the episode will come on again at some point.

A candid of Franchot on the set of Run For Your Life, 1967.
Source: my collection.

The episode is called Tell It Like It Is because that's what Terry Haines, a shock jock-type television host, says that he is doing on his syndicated show. As he humiliates his guests in person and via phone and even embarrasses his audience members over their looks and intelligence, Haines keeps saying that they have no right to be mad because he is just "telling it like it is." When Paul Bryan (Ben Gazzara) learns that his former colleague Judge Taliaferro Wilson (Franchot Tone) has agreed to appear on Haines' show, he knows that he must intervene.

At his home, Wilson is happy to see Bryan. The judge explains that the show will be harmless and that he needs the publicity to sell his recent memoir. Wilson says there is no dirt about him to uncover and that he appreciates Bryan's concern and asks him to attend the taping with him.


The taping goes exactly as Bryan fears. Host Haines starts off by praising the judge, telling him he loves the book, and going on about what a respected man the judge is. Quickly though, the interview turns nasty. Haines accuses Judge Wilson of sending innocent men to their deaths, drunkenness on the stand, and lying in his book. Wilson is stunned by the accusations. He refutes the claims and Bryan, having been at the trials and knowing Wilson personally, grabs a microphone in the audience and backs him up.

Haines then brings forth a traffic ticket saying it's for intoxication, but Wilson reads the ticket and it's a citation of unsafe lane changing. Bryan knows the judge never performed his duties intoxicated, but Wilson, a man defined by his dignity, is clearly shaken by the ugliness of Haines' and his audience's behavior. He is utterly humiliated.






Here's a clip of that scene that Youtube user Windesong posted to Youtube:


Bryan later approaches the host and says that if he doesn't retract his statements on the following night's show that Bryan will represent the judge in a slander suit against Haines. If he doesn't, Paul tells him he will represent the judge himself in a slander suit against Haines. Bryan tells the host that he may have won briefly on his own turf, but that if he gets Haines in a courtroom for just a few minutes, Haines will know what true humiliation is.

Then the episode switches to real time. The episode, you see, began with Haines being shot in a parking garage and then quickly led to Bryan "telling it like it is" (truthfully) to the police as he recounted the day's events. The police and Bryan try to phone the judge to let him know of the shooting (Haines is hospitalized but not in critical condition), but he doesn't answer. Bryan is surprised when Wilson knocks on his door. Warning: Spoilers ahead and a video clip that makes me cry.

Wilson, defeated and still in shock, confesses to Bryan that he pulled the trigger. He says it felt like an out-of-body experience and never thought he could do it.  Wilson asks if he can get some sleep before he makes a full confession at the police station. Bryan goes to the hospital and confronts a smug and eternally classless Haines. Bryan tell hims that he is going to represent Wilson in court and that Wilson will fully "tell it like it is." Bryan reminds him that the respected judge will not be the only one on trial. He says:

Judge Wilson's going to be on trial, but so will you. The real you. It will all be in the legal record now, the way you tell it like it is. The kind of liar you are—the worst kind—a public liar. And when it's over, I don't think anybody's going to buy a Jerry Haines at any price, so I think you'd better start looking for a rock to crawl under.
Here's a tiny clip of Franchot's much longer confession that I shared on my Instagram account devoted to Franchot:



I cannot express how sincerely moving Franchot's performance is throughout the entirety of this episode. This is a first-rate example of what a talented actor Franchot was and how captivating he could be. It's a rare performance in color and also one of his final parts. I think it's beautiful in every possible way. He's raw and emotional and still very handsome. It honestly makes me cry every time I watch it. Judge Wilson is a perfect role for Franchot and Tell It Like It Is is an episode I wish was more readily available to view.








Sunday, June 10, 2018

Fansite updates

Hi, everyone! I'm going to be spending some time this week and possibly next week updating my Finding Franchot site at www.findingfranchot.com. It's past time I added some new scans and just did a general checkup over there.

Coming very soon to this blog are posts on Franchot's ties to actress Sylvia Sidney plus Franchot's work in Run For Your Life and the Virginian.

Thanks for reading!
Emily