racechanging: Torch Song

Torch Song

In Torch Song Jenny Stewart (Joan Crawford) is ‘a tough Broadway musical star who doesn’t take criticism’ (IMDb): perhaps if she had we would have been saved this weird blackface rendition of Two Faced Woman. Whatever, at least the character seemed unhappy about the performance – a view unfortunately not shared by the director.

Two Faced Woman, performed by Cyd Charisse, had been cut from another movie to allow it’s use here: I’m with those who thought they cut the wrong version. The mind boggles why anyone thought this version worth preserving in the third of the That’s Entertainment compilations (did I hear a barrel being dedged?).

The makeup

The makeup was created by William Tuttle.