To highlight the wonderful yet largely forgotten work of a collection of female screenwriters from the early years of Hollywood (and as a companion to the book, When Women Wrote Hollywood) we will be posting quick bits about the many films they wrote along with links to further information and clips from their works which are still accessible online. Take a few moments once or twice a week to become familiar with their names and their stories. I think you’ll be surprised at how much bold material these writers tackled at the birth of this new medium. — Rosanne Welch
A Woman of Affairs is a 1928 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer drama film directed by Clarence Brown and starring Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.and Lewis Stone. The film, released with a synchronized score and sound effects, was based on a 1924 best-selling novel by Michael Arlen, The Green Hat, which he adapted as a four-act stage play in 1925. The Green Hat was considered so daring in the United States that the movie did not allow any associations with it and was renamed A Woman of Affairs, with the characters also renamed to mollify the censors. In particular the film script eliminated all references to heroin use, homosexuality and syphilis that were at the core of the tragedies involved.
The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing, for Michael Arlen and Bess Meredyth’s script. — Wikipedia
A Clip from A Woman of Affairs
More about Bess Meredyth and A Woman of Affairs
- Read more about this screenwriter in When Women Wrote Hollywood
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- Bess Meredyth on Wikipedia
- Bess Meredyth on IMDB
- Bess Meredyth at the Women Film Pioneers Project
- Bess Meredyth at Virtual History
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