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Lauren Bacall Looking Oh So Sophisticated

Lauren Bacall Looking Oh So Sophisticated

Lauren Bacall in a publicity photo from the 1950s I would guess. Isn’t she stunning? I’m not sure when this was taken or for which movie, but I’m guessing she’s in her early 20s in this picture. When I compare her with myself in my early 20s she’s astonishingly sophisticated *sigh*

Vintage movie posters: Theda Bara as Salome

Vintage movie posters: Theda Bara as Salome

Three fantastic posters from the 1918 silent move Salome starring Theda Bara. Sadly this movie has been lost so I can’t share a clip with you, but there is a photo from the movie which I’ve posted below. Doesn’t she look fabulous? How on earth did that happen to so many old movies? 

Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy

A 1930s publicity shot of Myrna Loy with typically high-arched eyebrows – isn’t she lovely?

Marion Davies, a self-described “silly, giggly idiot”

Marion Davies, a self-described “silly, giggly idiot”

Marion Davies, Ziegfeld girl, Hollywood actress, self-described “silly, giggly idiot” and mistress to William Randolph Hearst, half length, seated, facing left; in Yolanda. Photograph by Alfred Cheney Johnston, 1924.

Marilyn and her biggest fan

Marilyn and her biggest fan

Marilyn Monroe and Groucho (I think?) Marx in 1949. The young Marilyn (and her wiggle) made a lasting impression on Marx during her first screen test for the movie Love Happy. Apparently it was all because of her walk! Love Happy is regarded as the worst Marx Brothers movie, but we’re still grateful that it(…)

Theda Bara

Theda Bara

1920s silent movie star Theda Bara looking a lot less vampish than she was generally made out to be! I think this might have been a publicity photo for the movie Carmen. It was taken in 1921 by Orval Hixon.

Forget Snakes on a Plane, how about the MGM Lion?

Forget Snakes on a Plane, how about the MGM Lion?

One heady day in 1927 some bright spark decided it would be a good publicity stunt to send the MGM lion up in a plane. Little did they know how wrong that would go… To give you some background information there have actually been 7 different MGM Lions. Slats, the first lion doesn’t roar the(…)

Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo smouldering in a publicity photo from 1930, the year she moved from silent movies into talkies. Her first talking movie was advertised to the slogan ‘Garbo Talks!’ Ha ha! Give that publicity man a cigar… Her first talking line in a movie was “Gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side, and don’t(…)

Japanese movie posters for classic Hollywood movies

Japanese movie posters for classic Hollywood movies

I love movie posters – especially from classic movies. I have a poster of ‘To Catch a Thief’ in my living room which I absolutely adore. I’ve always particularly liked foreign language posters of Hollywood movies too though, like these Japanese versions. They’re an interesting take on the really familiar. From top: Singing in the(…)

The movie that made me fall for Rudolph Valentino

The movie that made me fall for Rudolph Valentino

Alla Nazimova, Arthur Hoyt & Rudolph Valentino in the movie Camille from 1921. Camille is basically the same story as La Traviata: a good time girl (with consumption) falls in love with the hero, they live happily for a short time before fate intervenes and various bad things happen including her dying of consumption. I(…)

A young James Dean

A young James Dean

An early publicity photo of James Dean taken in 1953 when he was around 22. I say it was an early publicity photo, but it was only taken 2 years before his death which just brings into perspective how tragically short his career and life were.

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr

Warner Brothers Studio publicity photograph of Hedy Lamarr for the 1944 film The Conspirators. I love her necklace!

Judy Garland looking sexy…

Judy Garland looking sexy…

It’s strange I suppose, but I never really thought about Judy Garland as being sexy. I think my image of her was fixed at the point she played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, especially since I watched that movie so much growing up! These, however are undeniably smouldering publicity photos of her. Doesn’t she(…)

The height of Hollywood actresses: a star-studded lineup

The height of Hollywood actresses: a star-studded lineup

The height of Hollywood stars is something which has always fascinated me. I’m not sure why, but actresses always seem taller than they actually are (perhaps because they’re projected onto an enormous screen!). I had no idea that I was the same height as Marilyn Monroe, or that Veronica Lake was a diminutive 4’11”. Veronica(…)

Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy

1930s movie star Myrna Loy wearing an elegant halterneck dress. I’m slowly but surely falling for 1930s fashions, they were just so chic!

A little bit of joy for a Sunday morning: Gene Kelly and Jerry

A little bit of joy for a Sunday morning: Gene Kelly and Jerry

  Go on, have a slice of pure unadulterated joy this Sunday morning. What could be a better start to the day than Gene Kelly and Jerry mouse having a dance? This clips is from the 1945 movie ‘Anchors Aweigh’. Enjoy! x   Edited with BlogPad Pro

Joan Crawford wearing a LOT of makeup, 1930

Joan Crawford wearing a LOT of makeup, 1930

I love all the early photos of Joan Crawford from the 1920s and early 1930s. They’re so different from the severe studio shots from the late 30s and 1940s and she looks like a completely different person. This photo was taken in 1930.

Carole Lombard 1934

Carole Lombard 1934

Carole Lombard from Cinegraf Magazine 1934. The colours seem to be very strange in this picture, any idea why anyone? Is it just discolouration due to the age of the paper? Cinegraf Magazine produced by Eugene Robert Richee (1895-1972) and supplied to CINEGRAF magazine.