As Alfred Lunt was ill, his wife, Lynn Fontanne, attended the premier of The Guardsman (their first, and only, motion picture) alone. She returned in a state of severe distress:

"Alfred, it was a total disaster," she groaned. "I cannot imagine what they were thinking of. You were all right -- just occasionally it looked as if you had thin lips -- but in the close-ups of me all you could see were my nostrils, or else my eyelashes cast such a shadow that it looked as if I had great bags under my eyes, and my hair was a mess, a total mess! And there is something wrong with the sound that makes my voice sound like either a squeak or a groan..."

Lunt pondered for a moment before replying: "Thin lips, eh?"

[So frequently did Lunt and Fontaine argue during a production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew that Cole Porter used their off-stage bickering as the basis for his musical comedy Kiss Me Kate.]

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