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Deluge (August 18, 1933)

Peggy Shannon
 

Released on August 18, 1933: (running time 66 minutes) A champion swimmer survives the destruction of America and discovers that she is possibly the last woman in the world.

Produced by Samuel Bischoff

Directed by Felix E. Feist

The Actors: Peggy Shannon (Claire Arlington, champion swimmer), Lois Wilson (Helen Webster), Sidney Blackmer (Martin Webster), Matt Moore (Tom), Fred Kohler (Jepson), Ralf Harolde (Norwood), Edward Van Sloan (Professor Carlysle), Samuel S. Hinds (Chief Forecaster), Eddy Chandler (townsman), Lane Chandler (Jack), Ronnnie Cosby (Ronny Webster), Marianne Edwards (Marianne Webster), John Elliott (preacher), Edward Fielding (radio broadcaster), Pat Harmon (gang member), Frank Lanning (townsman), Edward LeSaint (townsman), Philo McCullough (Bellamy / gang leader), Harry Semels (ugly gang member), Fred 'Snowflake' Toones (townsman), Billy N. Williams (Marianne Webster)

 

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The Woman Who Loved, During the End of the World

Clara Bow was the first, and possibly the only real ‘it’ girl of motion pictures. She had it, and Hollywood made the most of it. What is ‘it’? On screen she displayed a flagrant flirty fun personality with a seemingly inexhaustible desire for men. It showed in her eyes, it showed in her actions, it showed on screen so clearly that she quickly became intensely famous.

Unfortunately, the Hollywood star-making machine would grind heavily on Clara Bow until she had a nervous breakdown. In May of 1931, just before filming of her next movie, she had a second nervous breakdown that threatened to end her career. Fortunately, an executive from Paramount Pictures was in New York visiting Broadway, where he found another ‘it’ girl.

Peggy Shannon visited New York to visit her aunt, who lived in an apartment next to the secretary for Flo Ziegfeld. She met Ziegfeld and was quickly given a contract to become a dancer in the Ziegfeld Follies. Her publicity notices claimed she was seventeen years old. If you take the date of her birth that is on her gravestone, Peggy was 14 years old at the time. If you take the date of her birth that was used by studios for most of her career, she was 16 or 17 years old. After a few years in New York she is spotted by the Paramount executive and heads to Hollywood to become the next ‘it’ girl.

Two days after arriving she is on the set of the next Clara Bow movie, while Bow was recovering from her recent nervous breakdown. Peggy arrives on set at 10am, working on one movie, later in the day moving to another set to work on a second movie, finishing the day at 4am the next morning. After a short rest it begins again. Later she would complain that many actors who wanted to become stars were often cast aside, while actors like herself who didn’t really have a passion to become a super star were pushed beyond their limits by Hollywood.

Soon rumors that she used too much alcohol to get through the day hounded her, and the ‘it’ girl was becoming just another Hollywood star that was difficult to work with and not very interested in giving her best ‘it’ girl performance. Seven years after this movie was produced, her husband returned to their Hollywood apartment after a fishing trip and found Peggy slumped over the kitchen table with her head in her arms, a cigarette in her mouth that was burned to her lips, and an empty glass clutched in one hand. Suicide was suspected by her mother, but the official determination was natural causes. She was either thirty-one-years-old or thirty-four-years-old, depending on which birth date was real.

In this adventure Peggy Shannon is a champion swimmer who is getting her legs covered with thick grease in preparation for a long, record-setting swim. Unfortunately, the weather will not permit her to begin her swim. The barometer has dropped to historic lows, earthquakes have destroyed everything west of the Rockies, and the resulting tsunami is heading over the heartland to the east coast, where giant waves will crush the city and bury the Statue of Liberty. Our leading lady will be one of the few survivors in this brave new world. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Quick Quiz: Please promise not to peek ahead of time, but what famous classic movie would copy the final scene in this story four years after this movie premiered?

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