Peacock Alley (January 10, 1930)

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Peacock Alley
 

Released on January 10, 1930: A gold-digging call girl marries her childhood sweetheart from back home without telling him about her most recent lover.

Produced by Robert Z. Leonard

Directed by Marcel De Sano

The Actors: Mae Murray (Claire Tree), George Barraud (Clayton Savol), Jason Robards Sr. (Jim Bradbury), Richard Tucker (attorney Martin Saunders), William L. Thorne (house detective Dugan), Phillips Smalley (hotel owner Bonner), Billy Bevan (bell captain Walter), E.H. Calvert (Paul), Arthur Hoyt (Crosby), Eddie Bush (himself, member of the Biltmore Trio), Paul Gibbons (himself, member of the Biltmore Trio), Bill Seckler (himself, member of the Biltmore Trio), Wilson Benge (Clayton's butler)

 

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The Tragic Life of Mae Murray

There are many stories of young folk, both men and women, who became motion picture stars that will be remembered as long as time exists, but there are also stories of stars with the world at their fingertips who lost it all and ended up in abject poverty. Mae Murray, star of this drama, is one of those people. A teenager when the motion picture industry was being born, her beauty and plump 'bee-sting' lips brought her fame as one of the famous Ziegfeld Follies girls, and her move to motion pictures was a natural result. Mae starred in a 1919 movie that featured a new actor, Rudolph Valentino, who would to on to become one of the names that lives forever in motion picture history. In 1925 Mae would star in a movie that included Joan Crawford and Clark Gable in uncredited bit parts - they too would later rise to icon stature . . . but not Mae . . . Her star would soon fade even faster than it had risen. With four failed marriages before 1934, she would become destitute and eventually get arrested for vagrancy while homeless and sleeping on a park bench. Although she would live until 1965, her final years would be spent in the Motion Picture Country Home in Woodland Hills, CA. This home for forgotten and destitue actors was funded and created in 1941 by the most famous movie stars, directors and studio heads, and you can watch the groundbreaking ceremony in one of Hedda Hopper's movie shorts here >>>

In this story, produced by her third husband, Robert Z. Leonard, who divorced her five years earlier, I could see the sadness in her eyes . . . I could see a spirit that was already broken down by bad times . . . I wonder if she had any idea that her life would only get worse for the next 35 years . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and watch a story about a woman who only had one kind of luck.

Mae Murray in 1930
Mae Murray in 1930
Billy Bevan and William L. Thorne
Billy Bevan and William L. Thorne
George Barraud
George Barraud
George Barraud and Jason Robards Sr.
George Barraud and Jason Robards Sr.
George Barraud
George Barraud
Jason Robards Sr. and Phillips Smalley
Jason Robards Sr. and Phillips Smalley
Jason Robards Sr. and William L. Thorne
Jason Robards Sr. and William L. Thorne
Mae Murray
Mae Murray
Mae Murray and George Barraud
Mae Murray and George Barraud
Mae Murray, George Barraud and Jason Robards Sr.
Mae Murray, George Barraud and Jason Robards Sr.
Mae Murray and Jason Robards Sr.
Mae Murray and Jason Robards Sr.
Mae Murray and Jason Robards Sr.
Mae Murray and Jason Robards Sr.
Mae Murray and George Barraud
Mae Murray and George Barraud
Phillip Smalley and Jason Robards Sr.
Phillip Smalley and Jason Robards Sr.
The Biltmore Hotel trio
The Biltmore Hotel trio
William L. Thorne
William L. Thorne
William L. Thorne and Billy Bevan
William L. Thorne and Billy Bevans
William L. Thorne, Mae Murray and Jason Robards Sr.
William L. Thorne, Mae Murray and Jason Robards Sr.