Screenwriter and novelist Anita Loos reported that she fainted straightaway when she saw McCrea on the Santa Monica beach....In a defining moment on film, a distracted McCrea says to avid Mary Astor, “You're a very embarrassing lady. If I weren’t so mixed up at the moment, I'd take you up on a few of your dares and make you say, ‘Papa.’”
From Bright Lights Film Journal's atypical hubba-hubba critical appreciation of a screen beauty who happens to be male. Joel McRea had a long, illustrious career heavy on trysts initiated by his equally gorgeous leading ladies. McRea also played the hunky film director Sullivan in a Wit favorite, Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels. This film combines breezy romantic comedy and arch Hollywood satire to send up the ambitions of the director behind escapist movies like "Ants in Your Pants of 1938" who is now determined to raise his sights toward more exalted, serious-minded cinematic art with a socially minded film called "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?"