The origins of Joan Bennett’s affair along with her agent, Jennings Lang, started with an residence key. The 2 have been drawn collectively when Lang was a rising agent on the Music Company of America (MCA), whereas Bennett’s husband, Walter Wanger, was faltering in his profession as a movie producer. It was MCA junior government Jay Kanter that helped facilitate their trysts.
When the enterprising agent was requested to relinquish his keys to the senior Lang, Kanter had an inkling about his residence’s objective. “I don’t assume he was borrowing it to take a nap,” Kanter instructed Love Is a Crime hosts Karina Longworth and Vanessa Hope (Bennett and Wanger’s granddaughter). On this week’s episode, “The Different Man,” we meet Lang, who can be shot by Wanger within the MCA car parking zone in December 1951. Bennett and Lang’s dalliances led to that forgotten Hollywood scandal, and helped encourage the 1961 Academy Awards’ best-picture winner. “I believe that’s the place Billy Wilder received the concept for the film with Jack Lemmon, known as The House,” Kanter shared. “He by no means instructed me. However it was fairly apparent.”
The affair taking place between Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray’s characters within the movie was “completely loveless;” that wasn’t the case for Bennett and Lang, who have been each married to different individuals. “From what I perceive, is that my dad actually flipped for her,” Lang’s son Rocky defined. “You recognize, he had a nasty marriage at house. Apparently, Joan had a nasty marriage with Walter. One factor led to a different, and it wasn’t only a one-time factor,” including, “It was fairly intense.”
Bennett and Lang’s ardour wouldn’t come with out its penalties. There was the notorious taking pictures, resulting in rampant rumors about which physique a part of Lang’s was hit. (Spoiler: It’s not the one you assume.) Whereas Wanger and Bennett suffered professionally, Lang capitalized on the controversy and ultimately turned a vice chairman of Common Studios—Wanger’s house in his heyday.
“There have been three individuals concerned in what occurred in that car parking zone in December 1951,” Hope defined. “Jennings Lang took the bullet, however his life and profession continued in any other case unscathed, and he went on to have the best fortune of all of them, changing into the top of a serious studio. As we’ll see, my grandfather mounted a serious comeback, nevertheless it wouldn’t final lengthy.” Bennett’s destiny was in comparable limbo.
Hearken to the episode above, and remember to tune in subsequent Tuesday, September 21, to find the elements that led Wanger to his private brink. Subscribe at listen.vanityfair.com/loveisacrime or wherever you get your podcasts.
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