John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC

Hollywoods scandals: Shirley Temple and Arthur Freed

In 1941, when child actor Shirley Temple wanted to transition to adult roles she made an appointment to see the film producer Arthur Freed (The Wizard of Oz, Easter Parade, and Singin' in the Rain) Temple was 12 years old at the time and when she arrived to Freed’s office, he unzipped his pants and exposed himself to her. Temple, confused and scared, started to giggle because she didn’t know what else to do. That threw Freed into a fit and he started screaming "'Get out!' and she left.


The dancer Barre Chase said that in 1954, she had her own run in with Freed, “I go up to the office and I go in and he is on a chaise lounge, like a chair. He had a chair next to it. He was sitting down. Freed had been a song writer and he knew my mom [pianist Lee Keith] from New York. My mom had been going out with a guy who was also a songwriter, and he was best friends with Freed. He starts asking about my mom and figuring out what we’re going to do. Suddenly, he picks up my hand and puts it on his cock, which was half erect. I think, ‘oh no,’ and I just get out of the chair and walked out of the office. About a week goes by, and I am told ‘Arthur Freed wants to talk to you.’ ‘Well,’ I thought, ‘at least he knows I’m not gonna put out.’”


A few weeks later “Same set-up, same room, I go back, I figure, now he knows. He starts talking. Then he excuses himself from the room and when he comes back in, he comes up behind me and puts his two hands on my boobs. I never heard from Arthur Freed again.”
The screen test the dancer had been promised vanished “I was told that the test wasn’t going to come off because Gene had to leave immediately for London for Invitation for the Dance(1956.) Gene (Kelley) said to me, ‘We’re not going be able to do your test anymore. I gotta go because of Invitation for the Dance. But I‘m going try to get you over to England.’  Then he added, ‘You know, kid, you’ve gotta learn to go around the world.’ I didn’t know what it meant — that I should learn to go around the world. I didn’t know what he was talking about. I had to ask the guys in the chorus. The guys didn’t want to tell me. Finally I learned. Well I never got the call to go to London for “Invitation.”