Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Mae West, Katherine Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Kay Francis

Box Office Poison (Famous Ads, 1938)

On May 3, 1938, an independent theater owner named Harry Brandt paid $300 to place an ad in the Hollywood Reporter. That ad could have ended the careers of Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Katharine Hepburn, Kay, Francis, Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, and Edward Arnold.