Tuesday, September 13, 2005

mental dungeons in the air

1947 Project informs us that on this day in 1947, a divorce was finalized between novelist James M. Cain (The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity) and "one-time silent screen starlet and fruit company heiress" Aileen Pringle.

In her complaint, Mrs. Pringle, who was formerly married to Jamaican aristocrat Charles McKenzie Pringle and romantically linked to H.L. Mencken, charged that Cain was a "moody, melancholy and grim" husband, who "built mental dungeons instead of castles in the air." In a letter to Mencken in 1946, she quipped "If I had remained married to that psychotic Cain, I would be wearing a straight jacket instead of the New Look."

from 1947 Project: Cain to remarry!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I must say, the New Look sounds like a better fit. On the other hand, neither dungeons not castles in the air sound like they would pass the planning board.