Carole Lombard's "Nothing Sacred" aired early this morning on Turner Classic Movies in the U.S., so today's entry deals with that 1937 comedy.
As you know, the film deals with a New York newspaper's attempts to sensationalize what it believes is a young woman's losing battle with radium poisoning (she is, of course, actually in fine health but can't admit that publicly). The film includes items from the fictional newspaper, the New York Evening Star, and here are some screenshots of what it looked like:
Here's how the copy reads:
"Warsaw, Vt. -- Who will be next?
"That grim question held the entire town of Warsaw, home of the Paragon Watch Company, in a grip of terror today, as townfolk wondered, fearfully, which beloved member of their family or friends would fall victim to the creeping death, radium poisoning.
"With two already in their graves, and a third victim, pretty Hazel Flagg, doomed to follow, virtually every man and woman carried the shuddering thought that he or she might now be headed toward certain doom. Deadly radium paint..."
Actually, the first screenshot doesn't look as it if actually came from a newspaper at all, because nothing is surrounding it. The second, with the photo, is clearly part of a newspaper.
There's also a scene in the movie where a nightclub honors Hazel with a tableau citing great women of history. Playing Catherine the Great was a burlesque performer named Elinor Troy.
The towering Troy (published accounts of her height range from six feet tall to 6-foot-2), born in Washington, D.C., in September 1916, was a showgirl at famed impresario Nils T. Graslund's Florentine Gardens in Hollywood. She had occasional bit parts in films when an attractive woman of imposing proportions was needed, although she went uncredited in all 12 of the movies she appeared in (including "The Fleet's In," "Lady Of Burlesque" and "Anchors Aweigh").
Like Lombard, she passed away at age 33, dying of tuberculosis in November 1949. Troy is buried at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, where her eternal neighbors include Oliver Hardy, Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards and another "Nothing Sacred" cast member -- boxer turned actor Maxie Rosenbloom.