Wednesday December 30, 2020
That Hayworth Chicken
In my review of “Strawberry Blonde” I used a color version of the poster even though the film itself is in black and white, and even though this b&w version is way, way fun:
I particularly like the writing. The top tagline indicates Cagney and Warners are still reaping the benefits of Mae Clark's grapefruit kisser 10 years later. “Mauve Decade” I had to look up. It's the 1890s. After William Henry Perkin's aniline dye, apparently.
The wordier stuff on the right also plays off Cagney's gangster rep: racket, mug. My favorite may be “that Hayworth chicken.” Before it was shortened to chick?