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Jan. 2006

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A new face today:  veteran actor Pat O'Brien.

Nick also sent us:

Jane prepared an additional pair of Gregory Peck photos from Gentleman's Agreement.

Sever has sent us scans of:

We added new movie summaries for these films.

Thanks to our guest contributors for these fine additions to the site.

February 28, 2006

Duel in
 the Sun

Here are seven more photos of Ziegfeld Girl Dorothy Flood, sent in by Wendy.

Next, Nick and Jane have sent us nine additional Ziegfeld Girls by photographer Alfred Cheney Johnston.  Enjoy!

Thanks to our guest contributors for today's selections. 

February 27, 2006

A perky Marie Dressler?  You betcha!  Here are two scans of her from about 1909, in The Annex, by Jane.  She also prepared a super scan of Louise Brooks.

Next, check out the new Mae West picture from Nick and Jane, followed by another Ziegfeld cutie pie.

Sever also joins the fray with photos of:

Thanks to all our guest contributors for these great shots!

February 26, 2006


We open with a scintillating scan of Claudette Colbert from Cleopatra, prepared by Nick.  The photographer was Paul Hesse.

Nick and Jane also sent in a series of five Marlene Dietrich pictures from Shanghai Express (photographer Don English).  There's a new movie summary and an exotic film clip of Ms. Dietrich with Clive Brook.

Mal also submitted scans of David Niven (with Merle Oberon), Gary Cooper (with Lupe Velez), and Lauren Bacall.

Thanks to all our guest contributors!

February 25, 2006


Let's start off today with three nice Jack Benny pictures in The Annex, sent in by Chris.

Jane also sent us some new scans:

And Sever comes through once again with two photos of Greer Garson in Mrs. Miniver (one with Henry Travers and one with Walter Pidgeon), and Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep.  We've also prepared new movie summaries.

There's also a new film clip for The Big Sleep―Bacall and Bogey are jawboning with blonde bombshell Peggy Knudsen.

Finally, we identified two Ziegfeld Girls and moved them to their dedicated pages:  Muriel Finley and Peggy Shannon.

Thanks to all our guest contributors today for these great pictures!

February 24, 2006


The Big

We offer several terrific stills from Sever:

Next, CJ provided some spiffy color photos of Bette Davis during ski season (2 pictures) and Loretta Young.

Nick and Jane sent us two new Ziegfeld Girls, and a picture of Ruth Etting, all taken by Alfred Cheney Johnston.  Thanks to Jorge for identifying Ms. Etting.

Thanks to all our guest contributors today for these marvelous pictures!

Finally, we've added several radio programs and songs for Bing Crosby.  Check 'em out!

February 23, 2006

Bing Crosby
Radio Shows
and Songs

Here's a picture of Bing Crosby in a posed shot from Pennies From Heaven (with Edith Fellows).  A new movie summary is included.

We also have three more pictures from Jane by photographer Eric Carpenter:  Fred Astaire, Lucille Ball, and Robert Taylor.

And enjoy three more scans of Audrey Hepburn in The Annex, from Fashion Victim (with artistic input from William on #27). 

Sever sent us a neat movie still of Charlton Heston in Touch of Evil.  Yes, the character on the far left is (gulp!) Orson Welles!  There's also a new movie summary.

Nick prepared a panoramic scan of Bing Crosby relaxing in regal splendor.

Sever pointed out that we needed a movie summary for our Audrey Hepburn picture from Breakfast at Tiffany's, so we added one.

Thanks to all our guest contributors today!

February 22, 2006

Jane submitted some nice photos for The Annex today:

Nick and Jane also sent in three more Ziegfeld Girls (photographer Alfred Cheney Johnston).

Thanks to Nick and Jane for today's photos.

Finally, here's a photo of Marlene Dietrich and Emil Jannings in the seminal early talking film, The Blue Angel.  We have an extensive movie summary by Bosley Crowther, the noted New York Times film critic, and two film clips (Rath and Lola in her dressing room, and the famous sequence of Lola singing Falling in Love Again).  Enjoy!

February 21, 2006

Falling in
Love Again

Here are six Audrey Hepburn scans for The Annex, from Fashion Victim.

Sever came through with more Bette Davis, this time a scene with Franchot Tone in Dangerous.

And Mal provided Bette Davis and George Brent in our final picture from Jezebel.

Jane prepared scans of Fred Astaire, Natalie Kingston, and Una Merkel (with William Brunk).

Jane identified two existing Greta Garbo scans in The Annex as being from As You Desire Me and Romance.

February 20, 2006

Let's kick off Sunday with some more Ziegfeld Girls from Nick and Jane:  a nice shot of Vivian Porter and two identified girls.

Jane also sent in scans of Mary Astor and Rita Hayworth (2 pictures) by photographer A.L. "Whitey" Schaefer, and one of Gary Cooper by photographer Clarence Sinclair Bull.

Sever sent in several pleasant Bette Davis pictures for us to enjoy.

Peter and Alexis sent in some great songs by Marlene Dietrich, including German and English versions of Lili Marleen.

We have an hour-long Academy Award Theater radio program, featuring Irene Dunne from 1946.

Thanks to all our guest contributors for their great submissions today!

February 19, 2006

Irene Dunne
Radio Show

Chris sent us new pictures of Dorothy Lamour in Masquerade in Mexico (1945), and Kim Novak for The Annex.

Jane prepared a Gloria Swanson scan from Sunset Boulevard.  She's pictured with William Holden.

We added a few small pictures of Fay Wray at the bottom of the movie summary for King Kong, where she's reacting to seeing the big ape.

Sever has sent us a super picture of Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse from The Band Wagon.  Check out the new movie summary too.

We have a half hour radio show featuring Veronica Lake as a guest star on the Abbott and Costello program.

We also improved the navigation among the pages of Previous Updates, acting on a suggestion by Sever.

Thanks to all our guest contributors today!

February 18, 2006

V. Lake
Radio Show

Here's a nice portrait of William Powell.

Nick and Jane have also sent us three more Ziegfeld Girls, photographed by Alfred Cheney Johnston.  Thank you very much for these!

Sever weighs in with two beautiful scans of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn from 1949's Adam's Rib (we have a new movie summary), and a great scan of William Powell and Nat Pendleton from The Great Ziegfeld.  We appreciate these, Sever!

We also have two film clips from Arsenic and Old Lace that accompany the two pictures we posted on February 8.  The first has Cary Grant and Priscilla Lane trying to get a marriage license unobtrusively.  The second clip contains all the elements of our photo of Priscilla Lane with the two aunts (which didn't occur in the movie), with everyone romping about (notice the lace curtains, the chest under the window containing the body, and the apparel the characters are wearing)―close enough.  Enjoy!

February 17, 2006



Una Merkel bows in today.  Her career spanned nearly 50 years:  silents, stage, talking pictures, and television.

Jane sent us two nice pictures today:  Judy Garland (photographer Virgil Apger) and a shot of Marlon Brando with his father, on the set of Sayonara.  Thanks, Jane!

We also have two pictures of Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer from the enduring classic, Gaslight, submitted by Mal.  Enjoy the movie summary and film clip (from the dramatic ending in the attic).  We appreciate it, Mal!

February 16, 2006


Start Wednesday off right, with some scans from Jane, Sever, Mark, and Mal for The Annex:

Also enjoy this hour-long Lux Radio Theatre radio show production of The Prisoner of Zenda, starring Ronald Colman.

Finally, here are two more songs by Pola Negri, sung in German, from Alexis:

Thanks to all of our guest contributors!

February 15, 2006

The Prisoner
of Zenda
Pola Negri
Song #4
Pola Negri
Song #5

Jane offers three new scans today for The Annex:

Thanks very much for these interesting shots, Jane!

Next we have a gorgeous shot (L to R) of Paul Henreid, Ingrid Bergman, and Humphrey Bogart from Casablanca.  Thank you, Sever!

Check out this extended film clip of Irene Dunne and Cary Grant in The Awful Truth.

Finally, Marcus corrected the film attribution of one of our Claudette Colbert pictures in The Annex.  It's from The Sign of the Cross.  Thanks, Marcus, for catching this!

In that same vein, we replaced the film clip for Colbert's true Cleopatra picture in the main gallery, so the clip more closely reflects the actual photo on our site.

February 14, 2006

The Awful

All our content is back up, including almost 2 gb of film clips.  What a job.

Enjoy this new scan of Tom Mix.

Sever sent us a song clip of Marilyn Monroe singing Runnin' Wild, from Some Like it Hot.  Thanks, Sever.

Alexis has submitted two Judy Garland photos from A Star is Born.  We have a new movie summary.  Thank you, Alexis!

Finally, Jane prepared two new scans:  Wynne Gibson (photographer N. Laing) and a shot of movie-making during the 1930's on the set of Maytime, starring Jeanette MacDonald.  Thanks, Jane!


February 13, 2006

Runnin' Wild

Here's a nice picture of Mario Vitale from Stromboli, co-starring Ingrid Bergman.  This scan is courtesy of Mal―thank you!

We also have an interesting shot of Orson Welles from Citizen Kane, sent in by Sever―thanks very much!

Finally, here are three songs sung by (yup!) Pola Negri in the 1930's, sent in by Matt.  These unusual rarities are all in German and reveal a different side of the great silent film legend.

February 12, 2006

Pola Negri
Song #1
Pola Negri
Song #2
Pola Negri
Song #3

Enjoy this image of Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., from The Thief of Bagdad.

Jane submitted some new pictures for The Annex:

Thanks, Jane!

February 11, 2006

Here are some new pictures for The Annex from Jane:

Nick and Jane also sent along a new Ziegfeld Girl by photographer Alfred Cheney Johnston.  Thanks for all these super pictures!

Sever also provided a color scan of Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh from Gone With the Wind.  Thanks, Sever!

February 10, 2006

Jane has prepared some interesting new scans for The Annex, including Dolores Del Rio, Sylvia Sidney (photographer Alfredo Valente), Barbara Stanwyck, John Wayne and Johnny Weissmuller (from Tarzan the Ape Man).

Next, we have two movie stills of Bette Davis from Jezebel, sent to us by Mal.

Thanks, Jane and Mal for these great images!

February 9, 2006

We pick up where we left off yesterday, with more spiffy pictures from Sever:

Jane has also sent us:

Thanks to Sever and Jane for sending us these photos!

February 8, 2006

It's in the bag!  Here's our final picture of Leo Gorcey, in Triple Trouble (1950), with fellow prisoner Huntz Hall.  This scan is for Chelsea.

Next, we have new photos from Sever:

Thank you, Sever, for these wonderful scans!

We also have a new desktop wallpaper of Mary Pickford from Sylvie.

Sever identified one of our Kathryn Grayson pictures as being from 1945's Anchors Aweigh, with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.  Thanks, Sever.  We've added a new movie summary and (count 'em) two film clips.  The first is a scene of her with Grady Sutton, Frank Sinatra, and Gene Kelly.  The second clip is José Iturbi's famous Liszt second Hungarian Rhapsody sequence with all the kids joining in (look for some great mid-1940s shots of the Hollywood Bowl).

February 7, 2006

José Iturbi

We have a fine picture of Peter Lorre, courtesy of Sever.  In this shot from 1938's Mr. Moto's Gamble are (L to R) Keye Luke, Harold Huber and Peter Lorre.  Anne identified the film for us.

Nick and Jane sent us two more Alfred Cheney Johnston pictures:  Dorothy Flood and an unknown Ziegfeld Girl.

And Jane has continued the largess with four new scans:  Clara Bow, Billie Burke, Mae Busch, and Charles Ray.

To end it, we have a great shot of Carole Lombard kicking the stuffing out of John Barrymore in an early screwball comedy, Twentieth Century, courtesy of Mal.

Thanks to all our guest contributors today!

February 6, 2006

Nick sent us new pictures of June Lang (by photographer Anthony Ugrin) and Simone Simon (photographer George Hurrell) for The Annex.

Sever has also submitted some scans:

Thanks to Nick and Sever for these beautiful new pictures!

And Sylvie has created a new Marlon Brando wallpaper.  Thanks, kiddo!

Finally, Robert has identified more Ziegfeld Girls for us, and we've moved them to their dedicated pages in The Annex.  They include Myrna Darby, Ruth Etting, Helen Henderson, Mary Jane Nickerson, and Gloria Swanson.  Also, a Jean Ackerman photo was identified as Bernice Ackerman, and moved accordingly.  Thanks for your detective work, Robert!

February 5, 2006


More arresting Ziegfeld/actress scans from Nick and Jane:

Thanks, Nick and Jane!

Our appreciation also to CJ and Sever, who identified a Marilyn Monroe photo as being from The Prince and the Showgirl, with Laurence Olivier.  We've added a movie summary.

February 4, 2006

Mal sent us two nice pictures of James Cagney for The Annex:

  • a photo from Billy Wilder's cold war comedy gem, One, Two, Three.  This movie is a treat, so we've thrown in a film clip of Cagney barking orders near the end of the film.  Staccato machine gun fire in The Public Enemy, and a rapid fire delivery 30 years later―what a guy!.  We know this film is a little late in his career, but it's just too good to pass up.  There's also a movie summary.  Enjoy!

  • a scan from Angels With Dirty Faces, with Ann Sheridan.

And here are some great Ziegfeld/actress scans from Nick and Jane:

Finally, Sever has sent us two intriguing Laurence Olivier pictures, from As You Like It and Spartacus.  We've added movie summaries.

Thanks to all our guest contributors today!


February 3, 2006

One, Two,

We've reorganized the Galleries page to reflect the growing number of actors and actresses featured on our site.  We've moved the separate Annex table of contents into the main Galleries page, so individuals are listed just once.

Don't worry, we haven't removed any pictures―we've just consolidated the list of actors and actresses onto one page.

Since we plan to add hundreds of new actors and actresses over time, we'll eventually need to create separate table of contents pages, alphabetically by last name.  For now, we're listing them all on one page.

Please let us know of any incorrect links on the new Galleries page.

We'll post some new scans later today.

Jane has sent us some new photos for The Annex, including Elsie Ferguson (photo by Arnold Genthe), Corinne Griffith (photo by Edward Bower Hesser), Grace Moore (photo by Edward Thayer Monroe), and Ann Pennington (photo by White Studios),

We also have a film clip with the famous tango scene from The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, starring Rudolph Valentino.

February 2, 2006


Here's a final Frances Dee picture for Liz.

Check out these new scans in The Annex:

Thanks for these nifty pictures!

We also have a film clip of the famous conclusion to Sunset Boulevard.  Speaking of film clips, we also replaced the clip from Ball of Fire―you can actually hear the new one!

Finally, enjoy The Bickersons in two half-hour radio shows, starring Don Ameche and Frances Langford, including the first episode which aired in 1946.


February 1, 2006

Sunset Boulevard

1st Episode

Bickersons Stomach Ache


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Mar. 2006