Saturday, July 31, 2021

Bette's Hats and Reviews: The Menace (1932)

I have not been able to find a copy of The Menace (1932). There is a photo of one hat on IMDb, which I have shared here. I do not know if there are any other hats. 

Of Bette's performance, VARIETY said, "Bette Davis has to take a decided second to Natalie Moorhead as the adventuress who kills her husband and blames it on her stepson." In her autobiography, Bette merely said, "I appeared in a monstrosity called The Menace opposite Walter Byron and H. B. Warner. My part consisted of a great many falls out of closets. The picture was made in eight days. I knew I had obviously reached bottom" (Davis, 118). 

The hat was also featured in the February 1932 PHOTOPLAY. The film was tentatively titled The Feathered Serpent.

The caption reads: "MANNISH VEST - just one of the smart details 
of this trim, tailored suit worn by Bette Davis in "The Feathered 
Serpent." The short black wool jacket and skirt stress straight lines.

Davis, Bette. The Lonely Life: An Autobiography. G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1962.
Ringgold, Gene. Bette Davis: Her Films and Career. Citadel Press. 1966, 1985.

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