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August 21, 2014

RARE MOVIE TREATS!

There are no stars in this vintage still. It's a cute and corny publicity shot of Warner Brothers chorines publicizing the then-new 'Golddiggers of 1935.' Whew! The still photographer choreographed this shot like one of Busby Berkeley's elaborate dance routines! (c) Warner Brothers
In celebration of TCM featuring a collection of actor Lee Tracy's films today, here's a signed photo of the actor I picked up at a memorabilia show just a few days ago! Tracy excelled at playing fast-talking  con-men, reporters, and other sharpies. He could be a bad-boy in real life. His outspokenness brought forth the ire of MGM pasha Louis B. Mayer, when Tracy dared to tell him where to jump. He was quickly dropped from the contract list. This great autographed portrait still is from the 1933 Universal film, 'Private Jones.' Photo is by acclaimed Hollywood photographer Freulich. (c) Universal

In celebration of TCM featuring a collection of actor Lee Tracy’s films today, here’s a signed photo of the actor I picked up at a memorabilia show just a few days ago! Tracy excelled at playing fast-talking con-men, reporters, and other sharpies. He could be a bad-boy in real life. His outspokenness brought forth the ire of MGM pasha Louis B. Mayer, when Tracy dared to tell him where to jump. He was quickly dropped from the contract list. This great autographed portrait still is from the 1933 Universal film, ‘Private Jones.’ Photo is by acclaimed Hollywood photographer Freulich. (c) Universal

 

A great part of attending film fests are the many treasures I pick up along the way. I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of these gems I’ve just acquired with you, the fans! For some reason they all revolve around late-silent and early-talkie films. Many of these stills probably haven’t seen the light of day for nearly 80 years. But here they are NOW—Enjoy!

 

This rare still is from the 1932 Paramount production, 'Make Me A Star.' That's perennial bumpkin Stu Erwin on the far right, with actress Joan Blondell in the middle. I'm not sure who the actor on the left is, but he's sporting some out-of-this-world footwear! (c) Paramount

This rare still is from the 1932 Paramount production, ‘Make Me A Star.’ That’s perennial bumpkin Stu Erwin on the far right, with actress Joan Blondell in the middle. I’m not sure who the actor on the left is, but he’s sporting some out-of-this-world footwear! (c) Paramount

 

 

Here's a great still from another early talkie, 'The Great Lover.' This 1931 opus starred Neil 'Commissioner Gordon' Hamilton (l) and Adolph Menjou. Mr. Hamilton was only a year away from co-starring in the first Johnny Weismuller 'Tarzan' film. (c) MGM

Here’s a great still from another early talkie, ‘The Great Lover.’ This 1931 opus starred Neil ‘Commissioner Gordon’ Hamilton (l) and Adolph Menjou. Mr. Hamilton was only a year away from co-starring in the first Johnny Weismuller ‘Tarzan’ film. (c) MGM

 

 

Star Corinne Griffith displays a wardrobe only a silent movie diva could own! She was hugely popular in the 1920s, known as 'The Orchid Lady of the Screen.' Griffith was an early casualty of sound films and soon left the business to become a successful writer.

Star Corinne Griffith displays a wardrobe only a silent movie diva could own! She was hugely popular in the 1920s, known as ‘The Orchid Lady of the Screen.’ Griffith was an early casualty of sound films and soon left the business to become a successful writer.

 

 

Believe it or not, Marie Dressler was a huge star of early talkie films. Depression-era audiences responded to her and couldn't get enough. She was a gifted comedienne, and also an accomplished dramatic actress. Her best-known films are 'Anna Christie' with Garbo and 'Dinner at Eight,' where she held her own in an all-star cast. (c)

Believe it or not, Marie Dressler was a huge star of early talkie films. Depression-era audiences responded to her and couldn’t get enough. She was a gifted comedienne, and also an accomplished dramatic actress. Her best-known films are ‘Anna Christie’ with Garbo and ‘Dinner at Eight,’ where she held her own in an all-star cast. (c)MGM

Actress Marion Davies made the film from which this still is taken, 'Marianne,' twice! It was initially lensed as a silent movie, and MGM went right back and refilmed it as a talkie! (c) MGM

Actress Marion Davies made the film from which this still is taken, ‘Marianne,’ twice! It was initially lensed as a silent movie, and MGM went right back and refilmed it as a talkie! (c) MGM

 

 

There are no stars in this vintage still. It's a cute and corny publicity shot of Warner Brothers chorines publicizing the then-new 'Golddiggers of 1935.' Whew! The still photographer choreographed this shot like one of Busby Berkeley's elaborate dance routines! (c) Warner Brothers

There are no stars in this vintage still. It’s a cute and corny publicity shot of Warner Brothers chorines publicizing the then-new ‘Golddiggers of 1935.’ Whew! The still photographer choreographed this shot like one of Busby Berkeley’s elaborate dance routines! (c) Warner Brothers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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