Ever have one of those days? Well, I really can’t complain… Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor in MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION, directed by John M. Stahl, based on the book by Lloyd C. Douglas. The 1954 Douglas Sirk version deserves a post of its own… Share this:TwitterFacebookPinterestLike this:Like Loading...
When I saw the headline, my first thought was that you were referring to the car in the background. What a beauty.
Some sweet ride of the 1930s — and very high end because Robert Taylor was portraying rich and reckless. I’ve been staring at the hood ornament, but I can’t make it out. A bird?
Hard to tell, but it could well be. My guess is the car is a Packard a very classy ride, which I believed used a bird as hood ornament at times.
It’s actually a Cadillac, often used a Cormorant (a type of seabird) as a radiator ornament–which was part of the Cadillac family crest (a french explorer, Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, founder of Detroit in 1701). Also, on the sidemount tire cover is a ‘V’ emblem, denoting the engine type in the car, probably a V-8, an engine type associated with Cadillac (V-8, V-12, V-16). Packard exclusively used a Straight-8 for all it’s cars, as it was very smooth running, and did not use a V-8 until 1955.
Whoa, Peter! You are the man! Love it — Cormorant, the ancient french family de Cadillac…
V [ probably a V-4 ] 😉
Douglas Sirk….oh don’t even get me started! There should be a post on him and Todd Haynes.
Douglas Sirk may be gone but he is not far from heaven.
Douglas Sirk (as my friend Polly would say) is yummy. I think his most scrumptious film was “Written on the Wind” — not so latent imagery, candy box color palette, and Dorothy Malone dancing the mambo of death in a pink negligee… But, darling? What classic scent would she have been wearing???
Miss Malone would have been wearing…what eles but, My Sin by Lanvin!! (that is a wonderful over the top scene!)
I knew you’d have the perfect answer! Now I want to go to the perfume counter and find out what it smells like 😉
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