Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Being Picky About Piccadilly Jim

It took me a while to appreciate the publicity stills taken for Piccadilly Jim (1936).  At 32 and 27 respectively, Bob and Madge are not exactly over-the-hill, but the camera is a demanding and fickle friend.  I think what bothers me most about the photos is the work done on Bob's face.  It has been completely smoothed out, not a trace of wrinkles or hair follicles.  Top that off with a tad bit of weight gain - after being on vacation for six months! - adding a slight puffiness to his cheeks, and, well, you have a different looking Mr. Montgomery.  Still good, of course, but ... maybe if they had just let a wrinkle or two show. 

                 Bob and Madge Evans in Piccadilly Jim (1936)

And poor Madge, having to wear that floppy shouldered top with the massive corsage.  An overwhelming outfit, and not in a good way. 


marlene mazzuchi said...

I goofed on the Google thing. Maybe this will get on to Blog site. She looks like his MOTHER. lol

Kathy said...

Marlene! Ouch! Yeah, Madge doesn't come out very well in the photo as well. She has to contend with that very unflattering hairstyle, a granny favorite. I need to figure out who was responsible for the photo shoot, needs to be spanked.