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The Youngest Profession

The Youngest Profession(1943)

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The opening sequence of this film includes a scene with Lana Turner, in which Turner dictates a fan letter to "Joan Lyons" from her office at the M-G-M studios in Culver City, CA. As "Joan," Virginia Weidler performs a comic impersonation of noted columnist Louella Parsons. Brief excerpts from the 1942 M-G-M picture Crossroads , starring Hedy Lamarr and William Powell, are featured during the movie theater scene.
       According to Hollywood Reporter news items, M-G-M purchased Lillian Day's novel in 1940 as a vehicle for Judy Garland, but assigned Virginia Weidler to the lead after Garland was deemed too old for the part. Hollywood Reporter announced in November 1942 that Groucho Marx's daughter Miriam had tested for a role in the picture and that Cliff Danielson was cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. The Youngest Profession marked the screen debut of actress Beverly Tyler (1927-2005), who was billed for this one film under her real name, Beverly Jean Saul.