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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Halloween Mix

Victorian Card, Thelma Todd in Seven Footprints to Satan 1929, Dustwitch's Party magazine cover, Murders in the Rue Morgue 1932 advert, Two stills of Bela Lugosi in Dracula 1931, The Mummy 1932 Swedish film poster, Lon Chaney in London After Midnight 1927, Victorian card, Joan Crawford posing, Victorian card, The Black Cat 1934 Swedish Film poster, Karloff in The Black Cat 1934, Victorian card.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

How To Be Photographed Like A Star

May 1934 Movie Classics Magazine article titled How To Be Photographed Like A Star by Jack Grant with George Hurrell.

Ramon Novarro Swedish Film Posters

Swedish film posters featuring Ramon Novarro. Son of India 1931, The Son-Daughter 1932, The Huddle 1932, and A Night In Cairo 1933 - better known as The Barbarian.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Stars and friends?

Carole Lombard with friends, Carole Lombard with dinner, Jean Harlow with friend, two photos of Alice White and friends, 3 scenery chewers: Lee Tracy, Lupe Velez, and chihuahua, Marian Nixon and her future coat.

Hollywood Beefcake: Pre-code edition

Randy and Cary, Johnny Weismeuller and George O' Brien, George O'Brien, Buster Crabbe, and Rod La Rocque. Many thanks to michaelE for theJohnny and George photo.

Pre-code stars in color

Dolores Del Rio, Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, Jean Harlow, and the cast of Dinner at Eight 1933.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Dreampinups - Exquisitely Exotic

Tinted portraits by Tom Maroudas - Specializing in colorized portraits of screeen legends from Hollywood's Golden Age. Ebay contact "dreampinups"(

Norma Shearer

Greta Garbo

Thelma Todd

Myrna Loy

Kay Francis

Jean Harlow

Dolores Del Rio

Claudette Colbert

Carole Lombard

Anna Mae Wong

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Pre-code Bookshelf #6 : Featured Player An Oral Autobiography of Mae Clarke

Best remembered today for having her face on the recieving end of a Jimmy Cagney grapefruit, Mae Clarke was also described as nearly beautiful, and often had her last name misspelled as Clark. She may have been the Rodney Dangerfield of pre-code actresses...she got no respect I'm tellin ya', no respect. She also had some bad luck and serious illnesses derail her carerer. It's too bad because she was a fine actress, natural and unmannered, unlike many of her early talkie contemporaries. Some respect should come via TCM 's upcoming release of Forbidden Hollywood #1. Along with the uncensored Baby Face 1933, and Red-Headed Woman 1932, the release will also feature Waterloo Bridge 1931, which contains perhaps Mae's best performance.
Mae's oral autobiography was dictated to James Curtis in 32 one hour sessions, over a period of two years, and was completed just before her death at The Motion Picture Country House in 1992. In her autobiography she talks about her early years in vaudeville with Ruby Stevens, later known as Barbara Stanwyck, her mental illness, failed marriages, and discusses her co-workers, including Tod Browning and John Gilbert, and also manages to "out" actor David Manners. The book contains two photos which are very telling, and pretty much sum up her career. One is of her chauffered Rolls Royce taken on the MGM lot in 1933, when she was a popular contract star, and dating a studio executive who had the chauffered Rolls cart her around. The other photo was taken nearly twenty years later, when she was again at that same studio, in that very same spot, only now as as a bit player, sans contract, executive boyfriend, chauffeur, and Rolls. She humorously posed herself with a bicycle in place of the chauffeur and Rolls Royce. Now that's Mae Clarke for ya' ... that's Clarke... with an 'e'.

Middle: From Featured Player, Mae with director Tod Browning on the set of Fast Workers 1933
Bottom: Mae in a publicity photo for Waterloo Bridge 1931
Thanks again to MichaelE for the photo