Picspam: Lana Turner in Ziegfeld Girl (1941)

Sometimes I’ll watch a film and become so taken with an actress that I spend more time screencapping scenes rather than actually paying attention to the film! Not all the time, of course, but I have a tendency to live tweet while I’m watching a film or I’ll post about it on my instagram and so screencaptures are necessary. So I’d like to introduce weekly picspams where I’ll choose a film once a week and spotlight an actresses or actor through photos from the film.

Our first picspam is Lana Turner in Ziegfeld Girl (1941). I actually began watching this film for Hedy Lamarr (in an attempt to watch more of her films) but it was Lana Turner that I ended up focusing all my attention on. Not only is she absolutely stunning but her performance in Ziegfeld Girl is simply mesmerizing and I couldn’t look away. Lana plays Sheila, a young elevator operator turned Ziegfeld girl after being discovered by Mr. Ziegfeld’s assistant. Caught up between the success and temptation that being in the Follies offers, she is torn between the glamour of being Ziegfeld girl and her loyal boyfriend (Jimmy Stewart) Gil who has been with her since before she became famous. The life of a Ziegfeld girl begins to take a toll on her and she becomes entangled in gambling and drinking. She arrives at a Follies show drunk and collapses after a performance forcing the director to fire her. Sheila is then taken back to her family’s home to recuperate but her heart is weak due to the heavy drinking. Sheila and Gil both profess their love for one another and agree to marry. Sheila then sees Sue (played endearingly by Judy Garland) on the cover of a newspaper in her Follies debut and she promises herself that she’ll be there one last time, too.