21 August 2013

Amelia Visits

Myrna Loy, Cary Grant, and Amelia Earhart on the set of Wings in the Dark.

Wings in the Dark (1935) is a melodrama starring Cary Grant as a pilot and engineer working on new technology to help flyers in bad weather conditions and Myrna Loy as an aviatrix who takes on dangerous stunt work to support Grant after he’s blinded in an accident. When Loy gets into a dangerous situation, it’s up to Grant to help her fly to safety. 

Wings in the Dark is not one of Grant or Loy’s best films. But it is memorable for a photo shoot that occurred during filming when Amelia Earhart stopped by the set for a visit with the stars.

George Putnam, Earhart's husband, with the two famous women.

Earhart, who was as popular and stylish as any actress, looks right at home in front of the camera. And we can only imagine that it must have been a treat for Loy to meet the woman who was the model for Loy's character in the film. I especially like the shot of the two of them laughing, their eyes closed—just two women having a chat.

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