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A Pioneer and Controversial 20th Century Man

22 May

Errol once played a character said to be based on a man with strong connections to the following images.

Who was he?!

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— Gentleman Tim

 
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  1. Gentleman Tim

    May 22, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    He was an Ivy Leeguer, a graduate of Princeton, which is now home to his personal and professional papers. In his senior year, Woodrow Wilson became the school’s president.

    Errol sought to do the film based on him in order to avoid type casting.

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  2. Gentleman Tim

    May 23, 2015 at 2:35 am

    He very significantly helped powerful corporations lobby against the Hepburn Act of 1906.*

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    * This has nothing to do with campaigns imploring Katherine Hepburn not to act.

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  3. Gentleman Tim

    May 23, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Errol made the film based on this Ivy Leeguer’s life during the heyday of his days in Hollywood, with two of his favorite co-stars.

    The historic fellow singing Goodnight Irene in the video linked below has absolutely nothing to do with the movie or person in question, but his last name is a clue.

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  4. Tina

    May 23, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Hi Tim;
    It is Ivy Ledbetter Lee an American publicist and the movie is Four’s a Crowd!

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    • Gentleman Tim

      May 23, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      Flynntastic Tina! That’s it!! You’re incredible!!! That was a vey hard and unusual one.

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      • Tina

        May 23, 2015 at 8:11 pm

        Thanks! If one reads the notes of his movies one can find very interesting information.
        Wikipedia: under “Four’s a Crowd”
        The film began with the working title of “All Rights Reserved,”[1] and was supposedly based on the career of noted public relations man Ivy Ledbetter Lee, who worked for the Rockefeller family.[2] The film’s title was changed to Four’s a Crowd in February.[3]

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        • Gentleman Tim

          May 23, 2015 at 8:50 pm

          A wonderful addition to Errol’s catalogue, Tina. I think he’s as good in this romantic comedy as Grant, and even more athletic. Problem was, he was SO immortally superlative (and profitable) in swashbucklers and the like, he was never allowed to go this route.

          Here’s a couple of good Four’s a Crowd videos. The first is a very creative and well done music video. The second includes extended clips of the movie:

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