I was so distracted doing a virtual presentation about Jane Russell last night that I forgot to post! So, here are the last two photos I have from Hot Blood showing Jane with Cornel Wilde, Luther Adler, and Joe Maritzer.
Hot Blood may have not been the film Nick Ray originally envisioned, but there were aspects of it he was still immensely proud of which he felt accurately reflected customs of the Romani people.
Here’s another stunning portrait of Jane in Hot Blood.
Turns out, I own a lot of publicity photos from Hot Blood. Here’s another of Jane and shirtless Cornel Wilde.
Here’s another pic from the Hot Blood publicity shoot with Jane and Cornel Wilde. It’s one of my favorite sessions from any of Jane’s films.
Despite its shortcomings, Hot Blood is beautifully shot in Cinemascope and Technicolor and is gorgeous to look at. Plus Jane and Cornel Wilde look like they had a heck of good time doing this photo shoot.
Jane had long wanted to work with director Nicholas Ray, but the shoot on Hot Blood was unpleasant for both. Jane was exhausted and Ray had lost his enthusiasm for the project after working on Rebel Without a Cause.
Hot Blood was mainly shot at the Columbia Ranch (now Warner Bros.) in Burbank. One reoccurring location was at Lankershim & Hatteras in North Hollywood. It’s right around the corner from my house, so I’m often reminded of this film.
By the time Jane reported to Columbia for Hot Blood she had been working non-stop for a couple of years and was exhausted. It was a rare instance when she did not enjoy making a film