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classic hotel: Greta Garbo and John Barrymore in “Grand Hotel” (1932)

October 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A still photo I have in my 8×11 photo collection is of Greta Garbo and John Barrymore for the 1932 film “Grand Hotel”.  A wonderful photo of the characters Grusinskaya and The Baron Felix von Gaigern and another favorite still of mine.

 

classic hollywood: Down Argentine Way (1940) – Betty Grable and Carmen Miranda

September 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A photo I have in my 8×11 photo collection is of Betty Grable and Carmen Miranda from the Irving Cummings film “Down Argentine Way” (1940).  Originally, the film was supposed to star Alice Faye but she was sick and Betty Grable ended up taking up her role.  The film ended up receiving three Academy Award nominations.  The photo is absolutely beautiful.

 

classic hollywood: Greta Garbo and Ramon Novarro in “Mata Hari” (1931)

September 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

An 8×11 photo that I have in my classic hollywood collection is of actress Greta Garbo and actor Ramon Novarro from the 1931 film “Mata Hari”.

Greta plays the exotic dancer Mata Hari, although not a factual account of the real life dancer falsely accused of being a double agent and was executed.   Novarro as Lt. Alexis Rosanoff and any still photos or promo photos from “Mata Hari” in my opinion, are worth owning.

I love this photo!

 

classic hollywood: Flash Gordon (1936)

August 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

There has been quite a bit of buzz of a new Flash Gordon film coming in the near future and for most of us, many of us were introduced to “Flash Gordon” via the 1980 film starring Sam Jones (for others were the animated incarnations).

But before the ’80s film, there was the 1936 television series starring Buster Crabbe and Jean Rogers (and before that was the comic book strip by Alex Raymond).   The following photo is among the few “Flash Gordon” 8×11 prints that I have and in this photo is Flash (Crabbe), Dale (Rogers) and King Vultan (Jack “Tiny” Lipson).

Thanks to Rick Lanham for the following information:

It appears to be a still taken on the set of:

Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers
Chapter Seven: Shattering Doom
About 2 hours and 5 minutes into this DVD

I don’t see any place in the chapter where the spear is in Flash’s hands in exactly that way, but people are about in the same positions.

Your photo is a lot darker than the DVD, making Dale’s robe look black, when it is really gray.

Reference:
Flash Gordon 3 DVD Set
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ID9789HEDVD

 

classic hollywood: Joan Crawford in “Rain” (1932)

August 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

For many years, I have been wondering what photo I have my collection is of.  Part of me was saying it was Joan Crawford but then I would try to convince myself it wasn’t  But recently I had the photo confirmed that it was  Joan Crawford as Sadie Thompson from the 1932 film “Rain”. (Thanks Guy and Frederica)

 

classic hollywood: Bette Davis (year unknown)

July 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the photos I have in my collection of the actress Bette Davis is the following photo above. She truly is one of the greatest American actress of all time!

I’m not really sure what year this photo was taken and if it was used as a promotional for any film.  But if anyone knows, please contact me and let me know.

 

Classic Hollywood: The Marx Brothers (unknown photo)

July 10, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

I love the Marx Brothers and have quite a few images in my 8×11 photo collection.  And one of the photos in my collection of the Marx Brothers is the following.   I have no idea what the photo was used for (promoting a film?).  If anyone happens to know more about the details of this photo, please let me know!!!

 

Classic Hollywood: Jeanette MacDonald in “San Francisco” (1936)

June 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeanette MacDonald in the 1936 film “San Francisco”. Definitely one of the more memorable moments in the film.  I absolutely love Jeanette MacDonald and its one of the few Jeanette MacDonald photos I have in my collection. Unfortunately, I don’t have anything during her Lubitsch years though.

 

Classic Hollywood: Clark Gable & Joan Crawford in “Chained” (1934)

June 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

One of my favorite photos from my collection. Clark Gable with Joan Crawford. One of the best onscreen couple and there is no doubt the two shared an incredible bond together.   Although, considerig the photo…I’m guessing this is a pre-code still?

UPDATE: (thanks to Derek B. and missdupont) The photo is from their 1934 film “Chained”.

 

Classic Hollywood: Laurel & Hollywood in “Hog Wild” (1930)

May 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A Laurel & Hardy photo in my classic Hollywood photo collection.  The still is from their talkie 1930 short “Hog Wild”. (Thanks for the info. Jim Reid)

The following is from SETH:

Hardy’s wife does not appear in this segment of the short (she stayed in the house, where she was subjected to falling plaster and fireplace soot).

 

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