Thursday, July 28, 2022

Wonder if Bill Went out in Public with his Red Hair

 A favorite movie of mine, Life with Father (1947), starred two of my favorite people, William Powell and Irene Dunne.  Directed by Michael Curtiz and with a screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart, it is (surprise!) a delightful movie.  

Bill and Irene ... made for quite the handsome couple.  

And a big round of applause for the costume department at Warner Bros for Irene's gorgeous outfit.  Someone, more likely somebodies, spent long hours on this creation.  Bravo.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

34 and Just Darn Handsome

Rather like this photo of Bob taken in his library at home.  He looks comfortable, with himself and his surroundings.  Or maybe it's just the tie.   

                              1938 Photograph by Willinger

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Did Bob & Betty Ever Like Each Other?

 I have seen good number of photos of Bob and Betty.  In most of them, they are going to or coming from New York or England or arriving at a Hollywood event.  The only physical contact in any of them is Betty holding Bob's offered arm, pure formality.  In this photo from 1935, Betty has placed her hand on Bob's forearm, with a 'This Man is Mine' look.  To me, there's no showing of feelings by one for the other, as with most of their photos.  

Of course the public appearances of show people is not much solid ground to determine anything real about them.  But the photo below shows two people who care for each other.  Notice how Bob has reached out to grab Buffy's arm.  He's grinning and looking directly at her, not the cameraman.  A happy couple.  Good for them.

P.S.  I copied the 2nd photo from the old Earl of Hollywood blog site.  It reminds me how much I miss that blog.  There was just so much information.  I copied a lot from it for my own files fearing it would be shut down, which it was.  Drats.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Bob Looking Dapper in the Rare Black Suit

Bette Davis will appear with Robert Montgomery and Basil Rathbone in the first all-dramatic program of the ''Screen Guild Show'' series on Sunday, January 22 (1939).  Their play is a dramatic original entitled ''Can We Forget" by Mary McCall one of Hollywood's leading scenarists.  George Murphy will be master of ceremonies and Oscar Bradley music director of the broadcast over WABC-Columbia network at 7:30 p.m., EST.  


Highly unfavorable hair style Ms. Davis is wearing.  The dress is on the dowdy side as well ... but the mink coat is always a plus.  You'll note there are no smiles in the first photo, but big smiles in the second.  Like maybe they finally saw the cameraman?  

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Happy 123rd Birthday (Wow!), Mr. Cagney

 James Francis Cagney was born on July 17, 1899, in New York City, New York.  Died in 1986 at the age of 86.  In between, he made a few movies and became a real star.  It's extremely difficult to dislike Mr. Cagney on the screen.  

Cagney was a redhead with extremely fair-haired facial hair.  They had to darken his eyebrows and lashes for his screen roles.  Note in the photo below that his right eyebrow is highlighted only with a slim dark line.  Somewhat feminine, but a great accent.  Definitely catches your attention, in a good way.  

                                   James Cagney, c. 1931

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Tall, Lean and So Young

       Ernest Torrence, Joan Crawford and Bob in Untamed (1929)

                                            Cute, too!

Friday, July 01, 2022

Happy 4th of July! Enjoy the Long Weekend!


"They finally signed the Declaration!  Time to Celebrate!"  So calls out 20-year-old Jane Wyman.

P.S.  See you next on the 12th --- It's a long Week for me!