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Dora campaigns to get George back to the grindstone while contending with a rich widow who enjoys patronizing young artists and who seems to have designs on George. Tallulah plays “Nell,” one of George’s bohemian friends. Her role is peripheral to the plot, but she is front and center screen in several scenes. She is first seen at an art gallery opening, enthusing with friends over the works on display. Next she gets a sequence all to herself, running up the stairs to George’s studio ahead of her friends.

Louise added her own convictions to Mrs. Cauble’s appraisal: Mrs. Cauble’s letter is only a repetition of the manner in which Tallulah treats all who have undertaken to help her. The history of my efforts,—she tried to discredit by telling all of you it was Ola, my partiality to Ola & etc. which was a great injustice to me and was not true. Florence took her turn and said it was hell and she would never do it again. Sister Marie tried her and tho under most pleasant circumstances she said it was “hell” too— Not long after The Trap opened to mediocre reviews, Tallulah wrote Will that Goldwyn had invited her to his office and tried to interest her in more film roles.

Tallulah’s family realized as much and were willing to stake her for the longer haul. Will wrote, “My dearest Tallulah: You are certainly going at this thing like you meant business and I am betting on you and backing you to my limit. . ” But the primary backing still came from Captain John. Tallulah had been paid twenty dollars a day for her work on Who Loved Him Best? ” Louise picked up the pieces and tried to tape the check back together. Financial security was “not a Bankhead characteristic,” Louise’s sister Marie would say in 1932.

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