Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Photo That Deserves a Better Format

                            Rosalind Russell by George Hurrell

This is a trimmed 9" x 12" original photo of Roz taken in 1942.  Not bad for a then 35-year-old broad in an era when most actresses' careers were over by the time they hit 30.  Hurrell made everyone appear more glamorous, but he needed a good framework from which to build.  It is frustrating that the blog's format limits horizontal pictures to such a small display.  My apologies to Roz and George!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

With Maybe a Touch of the Blarney

 That smile ... just makes you wish you could have met him. 

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Love Under the Arches

                      Bob and Anita Page in Free and Easy (1930)

              Bob and Dorothy Jordan in Love in the Rough (1930)

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Enjoying the Simple Life Montgomery Style

Ran across a Bob interview from 1936 which took place at his New York estate in Patterson, NY.  It is an interesting piece, with some great photos.  Love the country squire attire.  Wonder if he had been riding that day, or if he wore jodhpurs all the time at the estate.  Whatever, he looks great, of course. 

Note the house in 1936 versus how it looked about 70 years later.  The addition of the bell or observation tower is an interesting change.  I would imagine the view would have been just awesome, the land now being part of Wonder Lake State Park. 

Bob's Beverly Hills home was said to have been inspired by his place in New York.  I never quite saw that, but if you look closely at the entryway in the 1936 can see how it could have inspired the entryway on the Beverly Hills home.  Take away the screen door and double it in size...

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Boys and Their Cars

So help me, I just do not see Bob running around Beverly Hills in this vehicle. 

Bob belongs in his 1933 Cadillac V16 Convertible Victoria, or his 1935 Bentley, or his 1939 Lagonda V-12 Sports Roadster, or the Rolls he kept in England, or ... but a station wagon?!  I suppose he thought it went with his "country home" in Beverly Hills.  Yes, just imagine Bob and Betty with Liz and Skip, and, of course, the nanny, riding in the wagon ... just your basic farm family out for a Sunday drive.  At least we now know the vehicle he was in for the photo below.  Carrie used it in a post awhile back.  Yeah, one classy looking farmer.