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Inflammable Star Gets Protection

(reprint from “The Mississippi Gambler” campaign booklet)


A rule that “No one may light a cigarette or strike a match within fifteen feet of Piper Laurie” was strictly enforced during the filming of “The Mississippi Gambler”.

Action was deemed imperative because of the highly inflammable web dress worn by the actress for many of her scenes in the film. The 1850-period dress had more than 12 yards of material which firemen said would disintegrate within a matter of seconds if it caught fire.

Adding to the precaution, the studio wardrobe department had dressed the actress in a fireproof bustle and equally fireproof long underwear which she wore under the flowing dress.

“I felt like ‘Miss Fire Prevention Week’,” was Piper’s comment about the whole affair.




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