The Los Angeles Times (January 14, 1943)
Officers get actress to jail after being forced to clothe her
Frances Farmer, 29-year-old stage and screen actress, was arrested in a Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel apartment yesterday by Santa Monica police on a warrant charging violation of parole from a drunk-driving sentence imposed last November.
The actress, located by Detective Earl Reinbold and Policewoman Martha Maus at the apartment, refused to clothe herself for the trip to jail, and had to be forcibly attired, the officers reported.
Miss Farmer, held in the San ta Monica Jail without bail, was arrested two months ago and charged with drunk driving when found operating her car with bright lights in a dimout zone on Pico Blvd.
She pleaded guilty and was given 180 days in jail and fined $230. The jail term was relaxed to probation for two years, and she was given time to pay a $130 balance of the fine.
A condition of probation was that she refrain from drinking. When police were informed, according to their statement, that she was not observing this prohibition, a two-week hunt was launched for her.
More trouble loomed for Miss Farmer as a result of her asserted unprovoked attack on a studio hairdresser last Tuesday on a film set.
The victim, Edna Marie Burge of 11161 Dickens Ave., North Hollywood, complained to Deputy City Attorney John H. Carter yesterday that while she was dressing the actress hair the latter suddenly jumped up, struck her in the face and knocked her down According to the victim, Miss Farmer then flew into a tantrum and work on the picture was canceled for the day.
As a result of this flare of temper, producer Frank King of B-K Productions, who is producing No Escape on the Monogram lot, said he ejected Miss Farmer from the picture and replaced her with Mary Brian.