Escaping the double-bind

Scene from Topper Returns

In this scene, Roland Young is befuddled by Joan Blondell’s floating unmentionables in Topper Returns (1941). Admittedly, Cosmo Topper was rather easily befuddled, but you’d think after Thorne Smith’s novel and two previous films, he’d be used to invisible women by now.

And besides, how likely is it that they’re going to ask “Does this dress make me look fat?”

After the jump, a very visible Joan Blondell wearing rather less.

Joan Blondell

(With thanks to Glamour Daze.)


  1. Tatyana »

    31 July 2010 · 7:59 am

    she looks fat in the first picture!

  2. CGHill »

    31 July 2010 · 2:42 pm

    Well, you have to figure she’s wearing something under the underwear to make the green-screen (or whatever they were using back then) trick work, which is of necessity going to add to her perceived girth.

  3. ยป Where it gets tricky »

    31 July 2010 · 4:48 pm

    […] to ask if this dress makes her look fat.” True, false, or somewhere in between? (Derived from this.) […]

  4. Tatyana »

    1 August 2010 · 9:59 am

    I didn’t know that!

    Is there something you don’t know, Chaz?

  5. CGHill »

    1 August 2010 · 10:11 am

    I am always amazed at the things I don’t know, largely for the sheer volume of them.

    However, this little niche is one area in which I have a smidgen of expertise.

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