Myra Hudson (Joan Crawford), a successful playwright, finds herself in danger when her husband and a former girlfriend of his (Irene) devise a plot to kill her. But Myra fights back with a more elaborate plot.
When she breaks into Irene’s apartment, there’s a perfect perfume moment: on the girl’s dresser there are three Lucien Lelong bottles.
First from the left, the tall fluted bottle of Indiscret, a Jean Carles creation launched in 1936.
Then there’s the wonderful bottle of Opening Night, another Carles creation launched in 1935.
Last on the right, there’s a tall balloon bottle of Tailspin eau de cologne.
There’s an Avon cologne on the bedside table in Joan Crawford’s hospital room. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to identify the exact scent. Avon used the same faceted bottle and stoppers in different colours for different fragrances, but I found no information about the scent contained in the black-stopper bottle.
In any case, I’m very thankful for the lovely community of perfume lovers on Instagram who helped me out with the id. Balsamiclilac, Amusedarcher, Meliscentsvintage and Aromablog, your help was much appreciated ♥
There’s a pink can of Aquanet hair spray on Bette Davis’ dressing table.
A Bésame Cosmetics brightening face powder can be seen on Joan Crawford’s dressing table.
In the same scene, she also puts on a Bésame Cosmetics red lipstick.
There’s a tube of Crest toothpaste with flouristan on the washbasin in Joan Crawford’s London bedroom.
Mamacita (Jackie Hoffman) refreshes Joan Crawford’s updo with Rayette Aquanet hairspray.
While Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) is at the Cedars-Sinai hospital, George Cukor (John Rubinstein) pays her a visit. While they’re talking, she puts on some pink lipstick. It’s by Bésame Cosmetics: the shade looks like Dusty Rose.
There are other Bésame Cosmetics products by the washbasin in her hospital room – a powder compact, a cream rouge, a brightening face powder and a travel lip brush.
Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) is on the set of Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte by Robert Aldrich: her make-up stylist is showing her some false eyelashes. Bésame Cosmetics mascara brush set – which includes a mascara and a liner brush – can be seen.
The lipstick on her dressing table is Dusty Rose by Bésame Cosmetics, a natural pink shade inspired to a 1969 shade.
Joan Crawford’s dressing table is quite busy. She’s getting ready for the Oscars 1963 and she picks a perfume bottle among many of them. The glass bottle with the yellow pump is from the Bésame Cosmetics Decades of Fragrance collection. I wonder what perfume Joan wore: the 1960s floral chypre or a fragrance inspired to a previous decade?
Joan Crawford is getting a manicure for the Oscars 1963. The beautiful array of nail polishes in the screencap above includes shades by Cutex and Revlon.
The first bottle on the left is the Cutex nail polish Joan will opt for: the shade is Sterling Silver, which will match her Edith Head silver dress and Van Cleef and Arpels diamond jewellery.
The fluted bottle behind the manicurist’s hand is a nail polish by Avon.
The Revlon shades are mostly pinks and reds and have exotic names, like Persian Melon, Beach Peach and Frosted Sphinx Pink. The two bottles in the front contain a platinum nail polish and the top coat Seal Fast. These are bottles used by professionals, because their tall bottles differ from the long-handle ones which were on the market at the time.
Last but not least, there’s a bottle of Jewel Glaze (another top coat) on the right. Unfortunately, I couldn’t read the label to identify the brand.