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The Alfred Hitchcock Hour S01E12 (Hangover)

Jayne Mansfield starred in this episode as Marion, a girl the protagonist (advertising man Hadley Purvis) has taken home with him. He doesn’t remember anything about it because he is an alcoholic, so he has to reconstruct the events of the night before.

Mansfield, sporting a short hairstyle, posed for some on-set pictures in a bathroom. There are two intriguing bottles on the marble shelf behind her.

The tall ribbed bottle is Lanvin Eau de Lanvin. The prop masters replaced the original black bakelite stopper with an ordinary one.

The other bottle is by Lucien Lelong. Since the label usually wrapping the bottle neck is missing, we can make an assumption from the stopper: I think it contained Opening Night cologne.

Picture source.

Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974)

vlcsnap-2018-07-20-02h05m25s221Alice Hyatt (Ellen Burstyn) is a widow who wants to move back to her home town, Monterrey, by the end of the summer. On the way home, she tries to find a job and to earn some money. She wants to make an impression on potential employers, so she gets her hair styled and buys a new dress. The beauty products she uses reinforce the idea of a woman who wants to make an impression.

On a table of the motel room where she’s staying with her son Tommy (Alfred Lutter III), we can see some luxury items.

lanvinarpegetalc_bornunicornlanvinmysindustingpowder_bornunucorn.jpgThe black and red round bottles with gold stoppers are perfumed talcs by Lanvin, respectively Arpege and My Sin.

alicedoesntlivehereanymore_bornunicorn (3)lucienlelongopeningnight_tallbottle_bornunicornThe tall glass bottle is the trademark container of Lucien Lelong fragrances. This one, with the black label, is for Opening Night cologne.

I was wondering why the movie prop masters selected these items for the character. She’s struggling with her current life situation, with a “very weird” kid and with money; for these reasons, it’s clear Lanvin talcs (two of them!) and the Lelong perfume are symbols of a wealthier past.