Tuesday, July 31, 2007


I guess we all know that allure sells, and let me tell you, I'm heading out right now for a carton of Lucky Strikes and case of Coca-Cola. Here are two ads from the April, 1932 edition of Photoplay magazine. Lupe Velez says that Luckies are certainly kind to her throat and she loves that cellophane wrapper. Jean Harlow doesn't need to say anything, she just holds the glass and smiles. Click on the images for the larger version. BTW, a lovely portrait of Lupe, but I can't identify the artist.

They could sell me the Brooklyn Bridge anytime!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Marlene Dietrich - Fifth of 5 postings

Our final set of images and quotes from Marlene Dietrich. Enjoy.

I had no desire to be a film actress, to always play somebody else,
to be always beautiful with somebody constantly
straightening out your every eyelash.
It was always a big bother to me.

They want you to bring out your intestines.

I'm worth more dead than alive. Don't cry for me after I'm gone; cry for me now.

Marlene Dietrich - What do you think - Allure?

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Marlene Dietrich - Fourth of 5 postings

We have had quotes by the Divine Miss M, now we have some notable quotes about her.

If she had nothing more than her voice she could break your heart with it. But she has that beautiful body and the timeless loveliness of her face. It makes no difference how she breaks your heart if she is there to mend it.
Ernest Hemingway

She remains what she has been for many years - an absolutely strange delight, whose gift lies outside her achievement as an actress, is not tied to a specific time and does not depend on the taste of the moment, not even on common sense.
Cecil Beaton

The most intriguing woman I've ever known.
John Wayne

I am at heart a gentleman.

Without tenderness, a man is uninteresting.

The average man is more interested in a woman
who is interested in him than he is in a woman with beautiful legs.

Marlene Dietrich - What do you think - Allure?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Marlene Dietrich - Third of 5 postings

If you are new to this blog you might not have come across two earlier posts that discussed Marlene's fashion and style and the controversy she caused. The February 6th post relates a letter to the editor of the June 1933 edition of Movie Classics magazine. The February 17th post contains comments from no less than Cecile B. DeMille in the April 1934 issue of Modern Screen magazine. Check them out. Here are four more images and quotes from the "Divine Miss M".

I am not a myth.

I was raised almost entirely on turnips and potatoes, but I think
that the turnips had more to do with the effect than the potatoes.

Grumbling is the death of love.

If there is a supreme being, he's crazy.

Marlene Dietrich - What do you think - Allure?

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Marlene Dietrich - Second of 5 postings

On this 4th of July it is appropriate to note that Marlene, a German, was a tireless worker in supporting U.S. troops and the war effort during WWII. Records show that in a 1944 nine-week tour of NATOUSA (North African Theater of Operations United States Army) she played to 149,750 troops in 68 performances throughout North Africa. She then traveled to Italy and entertained the troops there. In June 1944, she returned to the USA. Her second tour for USO, between September 1944 and July 1945, took her to England, France and also to Germany.

Here are the next set of images and quotes from Marlene Dietrich, truly the "Divine Miss M".

Darling, the legs aren't so beautiful, I just know what to do with them.

A man would prefer to come home to an unmade bed
and a happy woman than to a neatly made bed and an angry woman.

It's the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter.

Glamour is what I sell, it's my stock in trade.

Marlene Dietrich - What do you think - Allure?