Category: old hollywood

Carole Lombard, c.1940

Carole Lombard, c.1940

Claudette Colbert in a publicity photo for Cle…

Claudette Colbert in a publicity photo for Cleopatra, Cecil B DeMille’s 1935 art deco Egyptian epic. The extravagant costumes were by Travis Banton.

Peter Lorre as Raskolnikov in Crime and Punish…

Peter Lorre as Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment  (Josef von Sternberg, 1935), a very loose adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novel

Veronica Lake, 1947, a publicity photo for Ram…

Veronica Lake, 1947, a publicity photo for Ramrod. This was Lake’s first film after leaving Paramount, and it was a success. 

Toshiro Mifune (三船 敏郎 Mifune Toshirō), 1950, J…

Toshiro Mifune (三船 敏郎 Mifune Toshirō), 1950, Japanese superstar

Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner in a publicity …

Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner in a publicity photo for the classic film noir The Killers  (Robert Siodmak, 1946). The success of this film established both of these young actors as stars. For Lancaster, it was also his film debut.

Irene Dunne, 1938

Irene Dunne, 1938

“I appeared with many leading men. But working with Cary Grant was different from working with other actors. He was much more fun! I think we were a successful team because we enjoyed working together tremendously, and that pleasure must have shown through onto the screen. I will always remember two compliments he made me. He said I had perfect timing in comedy and that I was the sweetest smelling actress he ever worked with.”

Joan Crawford, 1939

Joan Crawford, 1939

jessica-pare: La Dolce Vita (1960) dir. Feder…

jessica-pare:

La Dolce Vita (1960) dir. Federico Fellini

Anita Ekberg

Humphrey Bogart in a publicity photo for To Ha…

Humphrey Bogart in a publicity photo for To Have and Have Not  (Howard Hawks, 1944)

“I’m not good-looking. I used to be, but not anymore. Not like Robert Taylor. What I have got is I have character in my face. It’s taken an awful lot of late nights and drinking to put it there. When I go to work in a picture, I say, ‘Don’t take the lines out of my face. Leave them there.’”