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Arriving in Hollywood

"On his first visit, which was from mid May until August 1940, he accompanied eight well-known American painters out to Hollywood. These included Grant Wood, George Schreiber, Ernest Feine, George Biddle, Thomas Hart Benton, Robert Philipp, Raphael Soyer, and James Chapin. They had all been brought together by Reeves Lewenthal, the director of the Associated American Artists' Gallery, who had made an agreement with Walter Wanger to have them paint scenes from the film Wanger was currently producing, The Long Voyage Home, an adaptation of four of Eugene O'Neill's shorter plays. And since there was nothing serious about this venture my father was included as one of the 'American' artists.

"The movie was directed by John Ford and included his usual company of actors: John Wayne, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond, and Thomas Mitchell among others. And each artist was to choose an aspect of the movie to paint with its cast serving as models. The film itself was one of those characteristically brooding black and white atmosphere films from the forties, of the sea, with colorful seamen engaged in daring exploits and a glancing hint of social significance added. Though Eugene O'Neill's presence may somehow have been discerned, it was John Ford's film and if you are familiar with those old John Wayne, Ward Bond, Thomas Mitchell, Barry Fitzgerald films then you can pretty well imagine what kind of movie it was. Each of the artists chose an aspect of the film to paint, generally reflecting the overall mood of damp nighttime docks and drunken seamen in saloons singing barbershop quartet style. Only the Spaniard chose a bright and colorful theme and did the women in the film, the Bumboat Girls."

From Waiting at the Shore

Arriving in Hollywood  

 

 

 

Bumboat Girls
Posing with the finished portait of the Bumboat Girls

 

 

 

Bumboat Girls Posing
Judith Linden and Carmen Morales Posing

 

 

 

Painting the Bubmboat Girls
The Bumboat Girls

 

 

 

Carmen Morales and Judith Linden
Judith Linden and Carmen Morales, the two Bumboat Girls.

 

 

 

Painting in Hollywood
In the background Mildred Natwick's and Barry Fitzgerald's faces appear, though some have said the latter was Hemingway.

 

 

 

Portrait of the Artist   Portrait of the Artist
Hollywood's Portrait of the Artist

 

 

 

Frances Farmer
Frances Farmer

 

 

 

A Hollywood Bar

From lef to right: Thomas Mitchell, Billy Beran in the bowler: front row along the bar, John Ford, George Schreiber, Tom Benton, Grant Wood, Quintanilla, Barry Fitzgerald. Behind John Ford, Joe Sawyer, Bob Perry, Jack Pennick, John Qualen, Ernest Fiene (in the same shirt as Quintanilla). Don Borzaje is playing the accordian.

Friday New York City 8/9/40

 

 


 

 

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