Abstract

ABSTRACT:

Almost completely forgotten today, Ketti Gallian was a young French actress who made four films in Hollywood in the mid-1930s, playing the female lead opposite Spencer Tracy and Warner Baxter in two of them. Gallian's example is rare in that she was a virtual unknown within the film community in France when she signed a Hollywood contract. Once enmeshed in the machinery of the studio system, she found ways to resist its myriad constraints but ultimately failed to realize her ambitions, a victim of studio mismanagement and, especially, linguistic insecurity, which undermined her onscreen performance and marketability—a problem also faced by some of her better-known compatriots in Hollywood.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-3905
Print ISSN
0892-2160
Pages
pp. 1-45
Launched on MUSE
2021-05-08
Open Access
No
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