Furs on Film – The Crash

In an effort to avoid another big hole in the posting schedule, I’ll present another entry from the early 1930’s. The greatness of the decade’s fur fashions did seem to rise, quickly, to a beautiful pinnacle right at the end, before the 40’s kind of pulled the rug out. This is somewhat different from the 80’s which seemed to experience a fairly steady plateau of awesome before the giant, dark abyss of the 90’s. There are quite a few gems from those early years, though.

The Crash – The Film

Dipping back to the era of the nation’s first most famous financial crisis, The Crash brings us the story a woman who leaves her husband after he looses everything in the stock market, an event in which she figured quite significantly. Ruth Chatterton stars as Linda Gault, who dumps her husband, moves to Bermuda and falls in love with another guy. As she prepares to run away for good with him, she swings back by New York and runs into her old hubby where she has a change of heart and presumably lives happily ever after with him in abject poverty.

The Crash – The Furs

Usually I like to point this out myself, but hey, even some dude at the IMBb figured it out:

Anachronisms: Although the story takes place primarily in October 1929, and immediately thereafter, all of Linda Gault’s clothes are from 1932 (styles changed dramatically during those three years).

Yep, exactly, otherwise we wouldn’t have much to talk about here. This is the magic of the 1930s.

Here we have Linda chatting with a guy one she’s having an affair with, a banker named John Fair. She’s doing so wearing this rather full fox wrap.

As seen here, this is, technically, a fox trimmed wrap, but it’s my favorite kind, the one where the trim comprises 90% of the wrap. The Crash is front loaded, as this is probably the best fur in the film.

Despite the wrap, Linda isn’t able to get the stock tips she needs from John, whose willpower must be immense. This leads to her husband’s downfall in the market.

The film gives us a look at 1929 fashion via a quick glimpse at a fashion mag. I included this merely for curiosity’s sake, as the mink wraps are pretty drab and and boring compared to what appears seconds later. It’s also amusing because the film seems to be flagrantly advertising its fashion anachronisms.

Cut from drab minks in the previous still to this. Literally, they move from that shot to Linda a full, beautiful fox wrap. Hard to ignore the difference.

This is that sad occasion, though, as we’re seeing this because Linda is selling it in order to make some cash. The prospective new owner is decidedly less worthy of it, unfortunately.

To the end of the film, as Linda prepares to run off with her latest paramour and swings by her old place to pick up some stuff. She does so stylishly in this large silver fox collared coat.

The hat isn’t quite the kind of bad girl accessory it could have been. It could have been fox, too, that would have been an even better choice.

She takes it off near the end. This sequence is pretty long, so it certainly boosts the film’s fur ratio.

Not a bad outing. Ruth Chatterton is not among the Garbos, Harlows, Stanwycks, or Deitrichs, but she wears a large fox wrap well. The short runtime and the long sequence at the end push the ratio up to a very respectable 10%. Helps that movies were not much more than an hour at the time.

Fur Runtime: approx 6 minutes
Film Runtime: 58 minutes
On-Screen Fur Ratio: 10%

The full gallery is here: Fur Fashions of the 1932 film The Crash.

6 Comments to “Furs on Film – The Crash”

  1. the first fur segment is 1.32, the second is 0.50 and the last 5.09 = 7.31 (not bad!) Yes, I really have nothing better to do.

  2. Great collection!

    Here is another one with Marlene Dietrich

    Shanghai Express
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0023458/

  3. Yes, the scene on the back of the train is a classic, despite not featuring fox and the coat only being trim, but lovely nonetheless.

  4. Great fox wrap on Barbara Stanwyck in this one.

    Breakfast for Two http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0028659/

  5. Yes, just waiting for that one to show up on TCM again. Definitely one I will post when I get it.

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