Day #7 – Friday – June 28, 1974

Count Marco - June 28, 1974

Women Are Welcome In Hollywood

It’s a shame that young people today are subjected to such outlandish rot as women’s liberation propaganda. Their latest unbelievable claim is that “women are making strides everywhere but in movies.”

A female writer claims women haven’t gotten anywhere in the film business because of the middle-class background of most film people.

And the writer berates males chauvinists for, among other things, repressing and/or suppressing the fine talents of women in the film business. Is she too young to remmeber the old movies?

One thing Hollywood (and Great Britain) have never done is to refuse stardom to women. It’s always been the other way around.

Even if they couldn’t act, women still could become box-office draws if they exuded sex. Most of them did.

Their names are legend: Jean Harlow, Gloria Swanson, Mary Pickford, Jayne Mansfield, Carole Lombard, Claudette Colbert (still going strong), Greta Garbo (who can forget her?), Vivien Leigh, Katharine Hepburn.

Some great women writers who come to mind are Pearl S. Buck, Lillian Hellman, Clare Booth Luce, Taylor Caldwell.

The reason women aren’t making strides in today’s movies is that there just aren’t that many exciting women around.

You females annoy me at times. You cry for the unisex image, while you weep for your lost sexy image. If only you had a mind, perhaps you could make it up.

This post is part of a series, Ten Days of Count Marco, which examines the ten Count Marco columns leading up to the July 8, 1974 Count Marco letter.