It is no secret that I’m dreaming of making a feature film of Vitch – the documentary. It will be incredibly challenging for an actor to portray the complexity, charm, skills and struggles of Eddie Vitch. I’m toying with the idea of who can do it best. In an ideal world I’m sitting in a casting chair along with my amazing team and we pick the best of the best to play the one and only Vitch.
Would you join me in my quest? Please suggest who you think can play him most loyally. I’d love to hear your ideas!
Yours, Sigal Bujman
PS- Attached is the photo of my crush, Chris Pine
Vitch’s portrait of Marlene Dietrich captures perfectly the mysterious star, who navigated herself in Hollywood on her own terms.
Vitch knew her personally. He had a small part in Blue Angel (1930), the film that made her an international star.
In this article, published in The New Movie Magazine in March, 1933, Dietrich is seen with her sensational masculine pants, a headache for the Hollywood studios at the time, who wanted to keep the ladies off male attire. She did not listen. She was her own woman!
“Groucho Marx was overheard grumbling at Harpo: “Harpo, take a leaf from Eddie. He doesn’t just grimace. He’s a natural, a true pantomimist”. (Stage and Cinema magazine, 1953)
In this photo taken at the Brown Derby, Groucho is “handkerchiefing” with Red Skelton.
In 1934 the LA Times published this review of Eddie Vitch’s performance at the Wilshire Ebell Theater:
Eddie Vitch presented the funniest drunk pantomime I’ve caught since that classic, comic stagger of Chaplin’s “One A.M.”.
The reviewer, Herb Sterne, went on to become an agent for Joan Crawford, Judy Holiday and Rita Hayworth. He later worked at Columbia Pictures and ultimately in Europe where he publicized A Touch of Mink, Gypsy, Charade and Gambit.
He was one of he handsomest men in Hollywood (pictured here with Mary Pickford). Gary Cooper was the actor with the trademark western roles, slow talk and calculated performance. He was tall, elegant and masculine.
One of his striking features was his piercing eyes. Vitch drew his caricature with hollow eyes, leaving out the pupils as if immortalizing Cooper’s distant stare.
He dedicated his signature to both the Brown Derby and Vitch.