Ingrid Bergman in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
UNDERRATED ACTRESSES: 1/? → JEAN ARTHURGladys Georgianna Greene (October 17, 1900 - June 19, 1991)Nominated for best actress in 1943 for The More the Merrier, Jean Arthur was one of the most overlooked actresses in the business. She changed her name to Jean Arthur, inspired by two great heroes, King Arthur and Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc). Jean had a high pitch voice that was hidden for seven years after her film debut until her first talkie in 1929. Her voice almost kept her from being casted in bigger roles, but her acting was irresistible. She was so irresistible that she was one of the leading contenders for the role of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind. She did a screen test in 1938 for the film, but was soon turned down and was followed by a test from Joan Bennett and then Vivien Leigh. This allowed Jean to accept another film offer starring Jimmy Stewart called Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Arthur was known as being reclusive because she suffered from stage fright, and she refused to do interviews… “Quite frankly, I’d rather have my throat slit.”. Often stated as The Actress Nobody Knew, Jean Arthur was not only a screwball legend, she was a brilliant actress with unmistakable talent. Her most famous roles are in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), and You Can’t Take it With You (1938). Jean Arthur, in my opinion, deserved more recognition than what she received…“I guess I became an actress because I didn’t want to be myself.” - Jean Arthur
Fred Astaire in The Sky’s the Limit (1943).
James Stewart and Henry Fonda making music during an airline flight photographed by John Swope, 1940
Bunny Beatty gives Katharine Hepburn a marvelous Ronald Colman moustache in Sylvia Scarlett (1935).
Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart on the set of “It’s a Wonderful Life”