Category: classic film

Loretta Young in costume for The House of Rothschild (Alfred L. Werker, 1934). Young’s fabulous gown is by Gwen Wakeling, as were all the costumes in the film.

Carole Lombard and Randolph Scott, publicity photo for Supernatural (Victor Halperin, 1933), a pre-Code supernatural horror film. 

Myrna Loy, 1932

“Nobody thought of me [playing the part of a]  virgin, I guess. I had these slinky eyes and a sense of humor.”

Joan Blondell singing “Remember My Forgotten Man” in Gold Diggers of 1933 (Mervyn LeRoy)

Great Garbo, 1930

Remembering Cary Grant on his birthday (18 January 1904 – 29 November 1986)

“Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant. Let me expand a bit. I sense that you may feel that I am free of problems. Let me assure you that I have the same anxieties and insecurities as anyone in this auditorium – maybe more.”

Lillian Roth in the pre-code musical/disaster film Madame Satan (Cecil B. DeMille, 1930). The film’s fabulous costumes are by Adrian.

Jean Harlow in a publicity photo for Red Dust (Victor Fleming, 1932)

John Garfield (born Jacob Julius Garfinkle) got his start in New York theater in the Thirties (this photo is from 1936). In 1937 he responded to an offer from Warner Bros. and moved to Hollywood. Through the Forties Garfield appeared in a string of hits for the studio: Four Daughters, The Sea Wolf, Destination Tokyo, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Body and Soul among others. 

In 1951 he was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee investigating communist influence in Hollywood. Garfield refused to name any supposed Communist Party members or followers. Indeed he said he was not a communist and didn’t know any, but the committee lawyers kept after him. The motion picture industry, terrified of appearing un-American, blacklisted him. That was the end of his career. He had suffered from a damaged heart brought on by a childhood case of scarlet fever. Not long after his grueling House committee appearances he died of heart failure.

Gary Cooper, 1934