Under the Crescent

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sm_brand-SMHaving tea at the Brand mansion during a break in filming Under the Crescent. Special Collections Room, Glendale Public Library (see link below).

Shipman took her art very seriously, but rarely herself. Self-mockingly, she describes her script of Under the Crescent about an American actress who marries an Egyptian prince: "I ... plunked the lady into a harem, veiled her, abused her, put her through a series of nerve-shattering adventures by stirring in parts of the British Army, added an American lover and spiced the potage with intrigue, poison, passion, dancing houris and most everything Universal's set department and wardrobe might devise." High melodrama, indeed, which Grosset & Dunlap paid Nell $1000 to turn into a novel of the same name. According to "Classic Film Collector" (Fall, 1969), "This book, years out of print, is a collector's item, being filled with old-time Universal production] Stills." Under the Crescent is available at the Glendale Public Library's Special Collections Room, as is the above and an additional photograph taken during filming of the movie.


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