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Persecuted Pretty ☆ Clara Bow ☆ Kick In (1931) ☆
Clara’s convalescence ended in mid-February of 1931, when she returned to Paramount to begin Kick In. It was a sign of her new, lowly stature at the studio that although she remained on salary throughout her sick leave, Paramount did not add any time to her contract. Equally indicative of her worthlessness was that…the source material for Kick In was a Broadway play first produced in 1914. Busy grooming Sylvia Sidney for stardom, Schulberg had relegated Clara to a rotten theatrical chestnut despite David O. Selznick's repeated protests that only a fresh start in a great film could save her.
By this time she appeared beyond salvation. Three scandals in six months, a courtroom breakdown, and the failure of No Limit had obliterated Clara’s confidenceto the point where she could barely function in front of a camera…Washed up as she was, Paramount still paid Clara $5,000 a week, and in the words of one executive memo, the studio had every intention of “extracting the last ounce of value out of Bow before letting her go.”