Monday, May 3, 2010
Gene Marshall: Rags to Riches
Michele Tibbetts is the creative force behind this incredibly detailed concoction from the Turn of the Century...the 20th Century, that is! Photo #1 shows Gene ready to sing a number at Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe Saloon. I attempted to put Gene at Knott’s Berry Farm in the Ghost Town Saloon, but it seemed a little TOO authentic and ratty for this upscale ensemble. From the Story Card:
1948’s “She’d Rather Dance” gave audiences a special treat: two Gene Marshalls for the price of one!
In the film, Gene plays the irreverent daughter of one of Boston’s oldest and most influential families who shocks society by accepting a role in a Broadway show.
Nervous and shunned by her stodgy family the night before the Boston opening, the girl (played by Gene) sadly turns to her grandmother for comfort. The grandmother (also played by Gene, using some of the most sophisticated techniques available in Hollywood) quietly closes the parlor door, sits the girl down and says, “Now, child, I am about to let a family skeleton rattle its bones one more time…” With that, she hands the girl her cane and does a spirited catwalk!
The girl gasps, “Grandmama! What are you doing?”
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