Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cake, Tea and a Ten Minute Break

In most workplaces, a cake and small celebration is given co-workers for their birthdays.  In Hollywood, there is the slight difference of having it staged for the set photographer.  The photo below is from the set of Untamed  (1929) on which they are celebrating Director John Conway's July 19th birthday.  I'm sure Joan Crawford baked the cake for the boss!  Bob is stylish, as always, with a dressing gown swung over his bare shoulders.


Ann Harding serves cake at her own August 7th birthday event on the set of  Biography of a Bachelor Girl (1934).  Bob, far right, is again in a dressing gown, and quite the gown it is...what d'ya think, pure silk? 


There was no information provided for this photo taken on the set of The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937).  None of the principal cast members had birthdays during the filming.  Maybe Joan just had the urge to serve afternoon tea.  It's not the clearest of pictures ... that's William Powell on the far left.  They found an interesting way to get Bob in front of the group.  I'll bet he enjoyed having Joan wait on him ...

5 comments:

Robert Fithen said...

Love seeing the stars off-screen. I'm always hoping some RM outtakes or bloopers would show up as DVD features someday.

Debbie said...

Powell and Montgomery in the same photo. How especially nice!

Kathy said...

Robert - MGM was either not a fun place to work or too cheap to keep bloopers. Have you checked out the Warner Brothers bloopers on YouTube? They're great fun. At one time one of them had an outtake from June Bride with Bob and Bette...very, very funny. Couldn't find it just now. Anyone out there who can locate it for us?

Debbie - All that elegance on one set ... I'd've felt like such a slouch in their presence.

Robert Fithen said...

I did see that one. They have the "Breakdowns of 1938, 1939, 1940, etc" on certain DVDs as a special feature. The only RM blooper I've ever seen is the one with Bette Davis on the sofa.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_HWze_mzFs

RM is at 4:21

Kathy said...

Robert! Thanks for the link, I have it properly bookmarked this time. Great timing...I needed a good laugh!