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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 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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Ready for your swim, Miss Crawford!

Joan Crawford appeared in at least 15 short subjects from the 1920’s-1950’s. Picture above is Crawford in the April, 1940 Hollywood magazine, brought to you by Media History Digital Library.

Selected Short Subjects
1925 Studio Tour (1925)
Wampas Baby Stars of 1926 (1926)
Voices Across the Sea (1928)
Hollywood Snapshots, #11 (1929)
Screen Snapshots series (1930-1939)

Click on Joan Crawford’s name here to find out more.

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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Uncategorized


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“Boy’s Cinema & Modern Boy” Movie Magazine – only for boys?

Apparently, in 1939 only boys, and “modern” boys at that, enjoyed watching exciting crime movies at the cinema! 

From the archives of Media History Digital Library“Boy’s Cinema & Modern Boy” movie magazine featuring one of the Universal “Crime Club” series, Inside Information (1939), with Dick Foran, Harry Carey, June Lang, and Mary Carlisle. 

Heavens to Betsy! Can’t have our “modern” girls watching that spine-tingling stuff, can we?

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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Movie


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Love this guy!

One of my favorite movie actors, Jimmy Stewart, from Picture-Play Magazine, 1938. Early in his career, Jimmy appeared in quite a few short subjects: Art Trouble (1934), Important News (1936), and the Screen Snapshots series,to name a few. Also, Jimmy narrated various military-related shorts during and after WWII. Gotta love him!


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Posted by on September 6, 2013 in Uncategorized


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