Virginia Grey stars with Kent Taylor, Jane Adams, and John Litel in "Smooth as Silk" from 1946.
Grey, in an unusual role for her, plays an ambitious actress, Paula Marlowe, who is appearing in a play. However, she's got her eye on a new play being produced by Stephen Elliott (Litel).
Paula's boyfriend, attorney Mark Fenton, is able to get Elliott's loser son (Danny Moore) acquitted of on a manslaughter charge. Elliott promised him that if he could do that, the lead in his next play would belong to Paula. After his son's trial, Elliott says Paula is not right for the role.
Paula gets to work. While pretending to still be engaged to marry Fenton, she goes after Elliott and not only grabs the lead, but wins Elliott's heart as well. Fenton has no idea of any of it until Elliott announces their engagement. Then it's time for Fenton to get to work - setting Paula up for murder.
My knowledge of Virginia Grey is of her as an older actress in films like Portrait in Black, Madame X, All that Heaven Allows, and tons of TV. She does very well in this lead role.
Grey's real-life story is a sad one - the man she loved was killed in the war; after Carole Lombard's death, she was often seen with Clark Gable. However, in 1949, he married someone else. In 1952, when he was divorced, she was devastated when the two didn't pick up again. As a result, she never married.
She did, however, have a very nice career even if she didn't become a huge star. "Smooth as Silk" is a rare opportunity to see her as a young woman and in a lead.
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