Cinema

Elizabeth Taylor with short hair in a leopard print swimsuit

Elizabeth Taylor with short hair in a leopard print swimsuit

Elizabeth Taylor with short hair in a leopard print swimsuit. This photo is a publicity photo from film The Last Time I Saw Paris in 1954. I’m not sure I’ve seen her with such short hair before but she looks absolutely knock-out doesn’t she?

Gene Kelly in uniform, WW2

Gene Kelly in uniform, WW2

Gene Kelly photographed in his US Navy uniform during the Second World War, probably 1944 or 1945. He enlisted in the US Naval Air Service and was stationed in the Photographic Section, Washington D.C. He looks mighty dishy in a uniform doesn’t he? He was one of my first crushes when I used to sit(…)

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor photographed in the early 1950s for a publicity photo. Isn’t she beautiful?

The drug culture of Hollywood’s golden age

The drug culture of Hollywood’s golden age

The movie-going public adored the image of glitz and glamour presented to them by their favorite Hollywood stars in the first half of the 20th Century, but many of them were hiding dark secrets. The use of illegal (and legal) drugs was widespread and several well-known faces dabbled in narcotics.  In some cases drug use(…)

Famous Hollywood transformations: Rita Hayworth

Famous Hollywood transformations: Rita Hayworth

Would you recognize this woman as Rita Hayworth? Before she hit megastardom Hayworth underwent a huge transformation on instruction from her studio under the direction of stylist stylist Helen Hunt. It was thought that her latin looks would ‘limit’ the roles she would be cast for and she underwent a major makeover to change herself from(…)

10 things you didn’t know about Clara Bow (including the truth about those scandals)

10 things you didn’t know about Clara Bow (including the truth about those scandals)

Clara Bow was the quintessential ‘it’ girl and a flapper icon. She was one of the few silent movie stars who made it successfully into ‘talkies’ with her thick Brooklyn accent in tact. Bow was notorious for her loose living and scandalous lifestyle, so you’ve probably heard the rumours and gossip but here are 10 facts(…)

1920s movie poster: Clara Bow in The Wild Party

1920s movie poster: Clara Bow in The Wild Party

A 1920s movie poster for the Clara Bow movie The Wild Party which was released in 1929.  It was Clara Bow’s first talkie (i.e non-silent movie) but the movie was also released as a silent movie for theatres which didn’t have sound equipment.

A teenage Shirley Temple in a fur coat

A teenage Shirley Temple in a fur coat

A 16 year old Shirley Temple photographed in 1944 with William Lyon Mackenzie King, the Prime Minister of Canada. I don’t think I’d ever seen a ‘grown-up’ photo of her before, wasn’t she gorgeous?  I wonder why she didn’t make it to be a grown-up  movie star…

‘The Most Beautiful Girl in the World’: Evelyn Nesbit

‘The Most Beautiful Girl in the World’: Evelyn Nesbit

For a few years in the early 20th Century, Evelyn Nesbit was considered the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. If you would like to find out more about her and her tragic life I would recommend this article by Caviglia’s Cabinet of Curiosities

Esther Williams

Esther Williams

If you’ve never seen an Esther Williams movie, and don’t understand the appeal of a swimming movie – just watch this clip and all will become clear! Wasn’t she wonderful?

Hitchcock’s blondes: 6 of the best

Hitchcock’s blondes: 6 of the best

Hitchcock’s preference for sophisticated icy blondes is well-known. He claimed that audiences would be suspicious of brunettes, but I think this quote shows a truer insight into his cinematic genius: Blondes are blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints My favourite Hitchcock blonde has always been Grace(…)

The Great Gatsby: new trailer released

A new trailer to Baz Luhrmann’s much anticipated The Great Gatsby has finally been released and I have to say it looks as sensational as I hoped. The costumes are by Prada and the diamonds by Tiffany and the whole look of it so far is delicious! I can’t wait! The annoying thing is that(…)

Video: Twiggy in ‘The Boyfriend’

Video: Twiggy in ‘The Boyfriend’

The Boyfriend is one of my all-time favourite movies – if you haven’t seen it I thoroughly recommend it. Twiggy is an absolute all-singing all-dancing star in this 1970s-does 1920s extravaganza as you’ll see in this trailer. I didn’t realise until now that it was directed by Ken Russell…

Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell both in white halterneck dresses

Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell both in white halterneck dresses

Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell both in white halterneck dresses. I think this photo was from 1953 when they put their signatures, hand and footprints in cement outside Graumans Chinese Theatre (below)   Source, source and copyright: This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and(…)

Gregory Peck getting steamy with Ann Todd

Gregory Peck getting steamy with Ann Todd

Gregory Peck embracing Ann Todd in publicity still for Alfred Hitchcock’s film “The Paradine Case”, 1947.  You can see why he made the ladies swoon can’t you? Source and copyright: This work is in the public domain in that it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice.

Leslie Caron

Leslie Caron

The wonderful French actress and dancer Leslie Caron, (she was the one in An American in Paris with Gene Kelly) in a publicity photo. Source and copyright: This work is in the public domain in that it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice. Edited with BlogPad Pro

Paul Newman in the navy, WW2

Paul Newman in the navy, WW2

The US Navy portrait of a very young Paul Newman taken during Word War 2, probably in 1944 or 1945. Source and copyright: This file is a work of a sailor or employee of the U.S. Navy, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government,(…)