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July 31, 1963: Hank Moonjean, assistant director for the film “The Prize,” shouts “Stop!” to keep a photographer from taking a picture during filming. Six female extras balked at having to portray themselves as members of a nudist colony.

Published in the Aug. 1, 1963, edition of the Los Angeles Times, this photo accompanied an article explaining:

Six [female] extras walked sedately off a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer set Wednesday morning when they learned to their shock they were to take part in a nudist colony scene.

Originally, nine [women] balked, but five reconsidered and went to work. Later on, however, two others joined the four who had declined to strip for art or for money.

MGM said the scene was one from “The Prize,” an account of a Nobel Prize winner played by Paul Newman. The scene depicts a nudist colony outside Stockholm.

The [women] were not to be absolutely nude, the studio said. They wore skin-tight flesh-colored panties and what are known in the trade as “pasties.” The men wore the first thing a football player puts on. There were about 30 [women] and 30 men.

Actually, the studio said, all were to be photographed from the rear. Paul Newman also appeared in the scene, but he was wearing a towel, possibly because he is a star. …

The situation brought representatives of the Screen Extras Guild into action. The question was whether the [women] should be paid for a day’s work, on the ground that the call from Central Casting didn’t explain the nature of their duties.

“We didn’t like the costumes,” said one of the [women]. “Nobody was angry. It was just a misunderstanding. It’s all being straightened out.”

“My husband would divorce me if he saw me on the screen without clothes,” said another.

One of the issues, explained one Hollywood wag, was whether the [women] were to be paid the $33.54 a day wage for dressed extras. If not, did the contract cover undressed extras? The studio said it was paying the $25.47 covering “general” extras.

Filming of the scene went on, only slightly delayed, on a sound stage guarded by studio police.

Hank Moonjean was an assistant director for many MGM movies. He, along with film producer Norma Heyman, jointly received an Oscar nomination for the 1988 movie “Dangerous Liaisons.”

“The Prize” was released in December 1963.

The Los Angeles Times photographer who took this image is unknown.

1 Comment

  1. January 16, 2016, 10:43 am

    lol.nice share picture …so funny

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