R.I.P. Ann Rutherford
|Photo lifted from Deep Dish, the groovy pop culture blog.|
Unless you are of a certain age, or like me, a freak, you probably have no idea who Ann Rutherford was. During the years she was under contract to M-G-M she was one of the Bennett girls in Pride and Prejudice, one of Ebeneezer Scrooge's ghosts, and Andy Hardy's steady girlfriend. (The Andy Hardy series was the biggest series of movies of its time, more popular than Twilight, but equally factory-made.) Nowadays, she is best remembered, if she's remembered at all, as Scarlett O'Hara's baby sister. She died yesterday at age 94.
Below is a scene from Orchestra Wives, in which she starred with Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. Orchestra Wives is on nobody's list of the greatest movies ever made, but look at the craft that went into it. A great song, the swaying crowd, the set design, the long, sustained shots, all combining to tell a story that has nothing to do with the song, and all without dialog. Nobody knows how to do this now.