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« on: November 14, 2007, 10:49:25 pm »



When she returned to Hollywood, in 1931, she was cast in two mainstream films: God's Gift to Women (1931) and It Pays to Advertise (1931). Her performances in these films, however, were largely ignored, and few other job offers were forthcoming due to her informal "blacklisting." Despite this, William Wellman, her director on Beggars of Life, offered her the feminine lead in his new picture, The Public Enemy starring James Cagney. But Brooks turned down the role in order to visit her then-lover George Marshall in New York City, and the part instead went to Jean Harlow, who began her own rise to stardom largely as a result of it. Brooks later explained herself to Wellman by saying that she hated making pictures because she simply "hated Hollywood," and film historian James Card later said that "she just wasn't interested....She was more interested in Marshall."  In the opinion of Brooks's biographer Barry Paris, "turning down Public Enemy marked the real end of Louise Brooks's film career."  During the remainder of the 1930s, she was reduced to playing bit parts and accepting roles in B pictures and short films; one of her directors at this time was a fellow Hollywood outcast, Roscoe Arbuckle, who was working under the pseudonym "William B. Goodrich" ("Will B. Good").
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