1944. For Experiment Perilous, a psychological mystery set in the early years of the 20th century, MGM loan Hedy Lamarr out to RKO. Filming begins in July 1944.
The movie, based on a novel by Margaret Carpenter, is directed by Jacques Tourneur, who will go on to direct Jane Greer in Out of the Past, one of the all-time-great films noir. Unfortunately, Hedy doesn’t get on with him or with her co-star George Brent, who years later will suggest in an interview that:
Hedy was a lovely woman but her memory for remembering lines or set-ups was god-awful. The delays and cuts and retakes caused by this woman were unbearably exasperating.
Perhaps that’s why we see her here, preparing for a scene with her script coach.
In spite of the behind-the-scenes clashes, Hedy puts in one of her best performances and Experiment Perilous turns out to be her own personal favourite of all the movies she makes.