A lot of shoes, as I remember it: corduroys with the soles made of rubber.
What was the fashion in the 1920s?
It was quite fashionable for men to wear their women’s shoes off the side, as opposed to slipper-style shoes. There was a lot of fashion and glamour. In my youth and teens, they would have the women’s tops and the men’s bottoms and their trousers, and all of that was quite stylish and interesting. As an adult, I feel like I’ve grown up just a bit.
In the movies, were there a lot of women wearing leather sandals?
I really think they were quite popular in the films.
Did the films have many women in them?
There were a lot of actresses, but it was usually just the men, sometimes as their costumes.
What did you think of the movie adaptation of The Mule?
It wasn’t good.
Who was the leading actress?
It was Jane Russell.
Is there anywhere on the Internet that you can check if she is still alive?
No, I’m not sure about that.
There’s a photo of her hanging with Jane Russell in a bar, but no other photographs of her.
She’s too famous.
But she was doing well then.
That’s what you say?
Yes, she was doing fairly well. It’s interesting that she is still alive and still wearing her signature sandals; you couldn’t have a better representation of that period. I have friends who are still doing really well, and you can’t get better representation.
How long did the filming of The Mule cost?
I think it cost about two years. There was only one scene with Marge’s dog, who was shot for the movie.
Where was that scene set?
It was at the farm down the road.
Why did they use that particular setting?
I think it’s because the location was close to the house Marge and Bart spent the first three decades of their lives in.
Were there any other pets in the film?
The town of Girders Mill, New Hampshire, became part of the film in the form of the town hall. There are many characters that live in the town during the film, and many of them are based on their real-
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