Thursday, August 15, 2019

Bob in Color ... Well, Sort of

A yellow tie and a hint of blush to the lips ... you know, if they had just colored his eyes light blue, it would be a rather nice print.


Speaking of yellow ... wow!  And it's a large magazine print about 11x14.  I should hang it in a dark hallway.  If only the eyes were blue. 


This photo was found quite often in new photo frames, definitely an eye catcher.  Understandably, from the number of copies I have run across, a good number of fans bought the frame so they could have the photo.  Some enterprising soul came up with this version as a magazine premium, it's the photo and frame all in one print, saving the fans a heck-of-a-lot of money!  A rather nice print ... if only the eyes were light blue, instead of purple! 


Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The actor turns briefly from his mirror ...

The five things of note in this photo of Bob's dressing room c. 1934:  1. The cover of the stool is made from the same material as the curtains in the room.  Why, of course.  2. That is one nifty lighting feature around the mirror.  3.  The smaller object on the table is an alarm clock, an essential item in any dressing room.  4.  The photo above the mirror is a portrait of Bob's favorite polo pony.  A matted and framed photo of his horse, I believe taken by Hurrell.  Why, of course.  And 5.  That's Bob taking a cigarette break in his dressing room.  One handsome lad ... of course. 


Thursday, August 08, 2019

Strangers May Kiss (but they don't have to)


I enjoy photoplay editions of books upon which movies are based.  The They Were Expendable edition is just great, eight photos and six have Bob in them!  On the other end of the pole, the photoplay edition of Lady in the Lake does not have any photos at all inside, just those on the dust jacket.  Strangers May Kiss is kinda in between those two books ... four photos and none of them feature Bob!  But, they are decent photos, particularly the photo of Ms. Shearer at the front of the book.  I'd say it gives one a pretty good idea of the flavor of the book. 


The captions are worth showing in a legible print size...

                      Elizabeth aches for the kiss of this stranger - 
                             yielding to a passionate embrace.

                     Alan tires of their unconventional interlude.

               In one mad night after another, Elizabeth sought
                        escape from the spectre of her folly.

By the way, Happy Birthday thoughts for Norma Shearer whose birthday is August 10.  And the same for Dorothy Jordan whose birthday is August 9.  And belated Birthday thoughts for Ann Harding and Irene Purcell who share August 7 as their birthday.  My, but Bob had to work with a lot of Leos!!

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Is it Really August, Already?


Bob at home in 1938.  Swimming seems to have been his main form of exercise through much of his adult life.  In the 1930s he is in the pool every morning doing laps, and in the 1950s Bob is swimming at his men's club on Park Ave. 


His left foot seems to have some kind of problem.  Does anyone know what those lines might be?  I know he broke his left foot skiing in 1957, but do not know of any broken foot before then. 


Whatever, what is not broken for sure is that great smile!

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Wonder if Bill & Myrna Shared Birthday Parties...

Myrna Loy was born August 2, 1905 in Radersburg, MT, population of 66 in 2010.  She went from cowgirl to vamp when the family moved to LA after the death of her father in the 1918 flu pandemic. 


Myrna was allowed to escape her vamp roles after signing with MGM, where she became Mrs. Nora Charles.  Such a beautiful, classy lady.