Colleen Moore was making $12,500 a week in 1929. She had appeared in two successful talking pictures, but with the vogue of the flapper waning, her employers let her contract lapse. She then financed and starred in a Broadway play. When no movie offers resulted, she returned to Hollywood in some alarm and signed for $2,500 a week, commenting, “I’m just getting a button compared to my old salary, but I’d work for nothing, it’s so good to be back.” Miss Moore showed her skill and versatility in the offbeat role of a timid schoolteacher in The Power and the Glory, 1933, but the picture failed to re-establish her. She could have cemented her comeback in any of four opportunities Hollywood gave her. She had the looks, the talent, the intelligence. She was too rich really to care.
George Fitzmaurice directing Colleen Moore and Gary Cooper in a love scene from Lilac Time, 1928, while musicians play “mood music.”