|Femmes Fatales||Jun 19 2022|
A wild hairdo, a bit of animal hide, and not much else usually comprises an actress's costume for the typical lost world flick. Raquel Welch is considered by many to be the pinnacle of visual achievement in that area (though opinions vary), but U.S. actress Edwina Booth beat Raquel to it by more than three decades. She's clad in monkey fur and a few animal teeth in this striking promo image made for her adventure Trader Horn. We won't talk about the movie extensively today because we may delve into it later, but let's just say that as a pre-Code film set in Africa there's a lot to unpack. In addition, though it made Booth a star it ruined her career because she contracted malaria or schistosomiasis, prompting her to sue MGM Studios for negligence, her illness being—according to her lawsuit—a direct result of being made to run around the jungle half naked. She was probably right. As a reward she was blacklisted in Hollywood. Nevertheless, she looks very beautiful here. Trader Horn came out in early 1931, so this shot would be from sometime in 1930.