Measuring up – and wardrobe malfunctions

A little bird in the wardrobe department chirped this item in my ear –she was having a hard time getting actors under thirty to put on their underwear.

Besides the obvious issues of hygiene what you wear under your costume affects how the garments look on top. Children, it isn’t a question of free will, networks and the MPAA come down hard on odd protuberances and popping nipples. Okay?

Apparently this wasn’t a problem only in our era. (Insert shameless plug here.) If you watch carefully during THE PALM BEACH story, a delightful comedy released in 1942, you will see Joel McCrea’s penis fly out of his pajamas while pursuing Claudette Colbert (who was fully clothed, including hat and gloves, so don’t get the wrong idea) out of their New York apartment.

Maybe the censors at the time didn’t spot it, or maybe since WWII was going on they figured people had bigger fish to fry.

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    • “Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I’ve had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the final analysis, you have got not to forget to laugh.” Kate Hepburn

    • Crikey, I thought you were commenting on “Bringing up Baby”! Sorry about that, here’s a more appropriate quote from the director of the Palm Beach Story, Preston Sturges:
      [His “golden rule” for successful comedy:] A pretty girl is better than a plain one / A leg is better than an arm / A bedroom is better than a living room / An arrival is better that a departure / A birth is better than a death / A chase is better than a chat / A dog is better than a landscape / A kitten is better than a dog / A baby is better than a kitten / A kiss is better than a baby / A pratfall is better than anything.

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