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“Dr. Jekyll – Loved by beautiful women, sought by society. Mr. Hyde – fiend and criminal.”

Fredric March in Paramount’s 1931 “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”

Beware, people of London! 

Fredric March mesmerizes us as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in a page from “Paramount’s 20th Birthday Jubilee Announcements of 1931.” A perfect Oscar-winning monster movie to watch this Halloween. Complete with marvelous make-up transitions and fearful co-stars, Miriam Hopkins and Rose Hobart. 

Did you know that this was the only version in which Jekyll’s name is pronounced correctly as “Jee-kall”? More trivia revealed on IMDb’s site.

Source: Media History Digital Library. Artist unknown.

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Posted by on October 20, 2013 in actor, Movie

 

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The family that smiles together stays together? NOT!

Gregory Peck, Harvey Stephens, Lee Remick in “The Omen”

The Omen, 1976, with Gregory Peck, Lee Remick and Harvey Stephens. One of the scariest movies I saw at that time! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Source: Collider.com 

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2013 in Movie

 

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“The Dog-Watch” with “The It Girl,” Clara Bow!

Clara Bow, dog

Clara and canine wait for Santa Claus from the Motion Picture Classic magazine, January 1929 edition.

Clara Bow appeared in a handful of silent and talkie short subjects from the 20’s to the 40’s: Screen Snapshots Series, etc. Visit IMDb for select titles under the “Self” section located after her main feature films.

Source: Media History Digital Library

 
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Posted by on October 9, 2013 in Movie, Photos, Short Subject

 

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The best time of year: Halloween!!

The best time of year: Halloween!! Looks like Betty Grable is going to read us a scary bedtime story.

Betty Grable, Halloween book

Looks like Betty Grable is going to read us a scary bedtime story!

Source: A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2013 in Books, Movie, Photos

 

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LEGO Bookends – gotta have ’em!

LEGO Bookends - gotta have them!

LEGO Bookends from MOCPages

Love these LEGO bookends by LEGO Junkie!

Also, visit more LEGO Junkie creations at Flickr.

 
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Posted by on October 5, 2013 in Art, Books, LEGO, Photos

 

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“Hollywood Hobbies” (1939) A surplus of Hollywood stars!

Jump in and take a Hollywood tour with two star-crazed ladies (Joyce Compton & Sally Payne), who get a spectacular chance to see Hollywood celebrities with tour guide William ‘Billy’ Benedict. Stick with these guys and catch scads of movie stars in MGM’s 1939 short subject, Hollywood Hobbies!

Pre-tour note: Morey “Buddy” Amsterdam, from The Dick Van Dyke Show, wrote the story and screenplay!

Are you ready to see the stars? Here we go …

First stop, we see Reginald Denny at his model airplane factory.

Gosh, isn’t that Clark Gable at home whitewashing his barn?

Awwww, look who is expecting. It’s Robert Young and Allan Jones as “expectant” godfathers of a new foal! Irene Hervey helps usher in the new equine!

Our last stop is a Hollywood baseball game with commentator Truman Bradley and baseball fans: Jimmy Stewart, George Murphy, Cesar Romero, Joan Davis, Spencer Tracy, Virginia Bruce, and James Cagney (with mom Carolyn).

Oh la la! Joe E. Brown is kissing Harry Ritz!

Buddy Ebsen’s on the bench. Tyrone Power is in the seats.

Jane Withers autographs a baseball. Milton Berle steps in as shortstop.

Buster Keaton covers 3rd base. John Boles is in left outfield.

Throwing out the first ball is Mary Pickford.

Frank Mitchell & Jack Durant attempt to bat while stacked on top of each other!

Arthur Lake garbles some pre-game chatter. Nat Pendleton steals home.

The Ritz Brothers umpire, if you can call it that!

Dick Powell bats a home run, ending the game and knocking out the tour guide!

All is well in Hollywood!

Thank you to HollywoodHobbies for making it available on YouTube!

 
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Posted by on October 4, 2013 in Movie, Short Subject, Video

 

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“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx Browsing movie books!

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For those of you who crave to know even more about your favorite movies, here’s a sampling of what one particular movie book publisher, McFarland, offers:

  1. The Marx Brothers as Social Critics: Satire and Comic Nihilism in Their Films – Martin A. Gardner

  2. Vixens, Floozies and Molls: 28 Actresses of Late 1920s and 1930s Hollywood – Hans J. Wollstein

  3. The Titanic in Print and on Screen: An Annotated Guide to Books, Films, Television Shows and Other Media – D. Brian Anderson 

  4. The Image of Librarians in Cinema, 1917-1999 – Ray Tevis and Brenda Tevis 

  5. Food in the Movies, 2d ed. – Steve Zimmerman 

  6. Reel Portrayals: The Lives of 640 Historical Persons on Film, 1929 through 2001 – Michael G. Stevens Edited by R. Thompson

  7. The First Hollywood Sound Shorts, 1926-1931 – Edwin M. Bradley 

  8. The Literary Monster on Film: Five Nineteenth Century British Novels and Their Cinematic Adaptations – Abigail Burnham Bloom 

  9. William Powell: The Life and Films – Roger Bryant 

  10. June Cleaver Was a Feminist!: Reconsidering the Female Characters of Early Television – Cary O’Dell

 
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Posted by on October 1, 2013 in Books, Movie

 

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