Feud Episode 6, “Hagsploitation,” discovered Joan Crawford struggling to hold on together with her profession within the wake of What Ever Occurred to Child Jane? Whereas she thought the movie’s success would give her waning profession a lift, as soon as it was achieved she discovered herself in the identical scenario as she was in earlier than: being shut out of roles left and proper due to her age. And whereas her future was wanting much less sure than ever, her previous got here again to hang-out her within the type of a film referred to as Velvet Lips. However what’s Velvet Lips on Feud?
Hedda Hopper first introduced the information to Joan: apparently somebody was purchasing round a stag movie (learn: intercourse tape) referred to as Velvet Lips that featured a younger Joan. Although Joan was an previous buddy, Hedda was able to promote her out in a second by printing a narrative concerning the film. Although she’d ruined multiple life together with her gossipmongering, Hedda thought-about herself to be somebody who upheld the ethical fiber of Hollywood by exposing individuals’s secrets and techniques. Particularly when these secrets and techniques have been significantly scandalous for the time.
Joan denied that she had something to do with Velvet Lips, however later went on to the supply to chop the story off: she visited her brother Hal, who was the one attempting to promote the movie. By the episode’s finish, Hal had handed away, saving Joan from the rapid menace of publicity, although it wasn’t clear if Hedda was going to surrender the story so simply.
Whereas the scenario did not play out fairly the identical manner in actual life, rumors of a “blue film” adopted the actual Joan Crawford from the earliest days of her profession. The truth is, it was rumored that Crawford appeared in multiple stag movie; alongside Velvet Lips, there was The Casting Sofa. The alleged movies by no means made it to the general public and even their precise existence was by no means confirmed, nevertheless it was mentioned that Crawford spent 100 grand shopping for up each copy she may discover. One other story claimed that MGM fixer Eddie Mannix was the one tasked with monitoring down all of the tapes. That was within the late 1920s, when Crawford’s profession was nonetheless beginning, and the rumors adopted her for years afterwards.
A well-liked and profitable actress being dogged by rumors of a intercourse scandal are nothing new. If something, Joan Crawford’s story is so painfully acquainted that one wonders how nothing has modified within the final century in Hollywood.