Saturday, December 19, 2009

Asides - Happy Holidays

For the last post of the year, here are some December movie magazine covers from 1917 (!) to 1935. We also have some interior photos that celebrate the season, and a couple of gift suggestion ads for you last minute shoppers. Enjoy, happy holidays, and peace to you all.

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Motion Picture Magazine, December 1917 - Cover Artist: Leo Sielke

Photoplay, December 1927 - Cover Artist: Charles Sheldon

Motion Picture Classic, December 1930 - Cover Artist: Marland Stone

Screenland, December 1933 - Cover Artist: Charles Sheldon

Screenland, December 1934 - Cover Artist: Charles Sheldon

Motion Picture, December 1935 - Cover Artist: If you can figure out the signature, let me know. There is no inside credit, but here is a close-up.

That was quick. Thanks to Vanwall (see comments), the artist is Morris "Morr" Kusnet.

Cine-Mundial, December 1935 - Cover Artist: Unknown

Clara, Jocelyn and Norma, all in the holiday spirit.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Dorothy Mackaill

Born in Hull, England, March 4, 1903, Dorothy Mackaill lived with her father after her parents separated when she was eleven. As a teenager, Dorothy ran away to London to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. She started as chorus girl, eventually landing in Paris. It was there she met a Broadway choreographer who got her a job with the Ziegfeld Follies in New York. At the Follies she met and befriended future film stars Marion Davies and Nita Naldi.

In 1920, Dorothy appeared in her first film, The Face at the Window. In the next couple of years she would appear with leading stars Richard Barthelmess, Rod La Rocque, Colleen Moore, John Barrymore, George O'Brien, and Bebe Daniels. In 1924, Dorothy rose to leading lady status in the drama The Man Who Came Back, opposite George O'Brien. Her role of the nightclub chanteuse Marcelle catapulted her her career and it continued to flourish throughout the remainder of the 1920s. That same year she was named a WAMPAS Baby Star. Another notable recipient that year was Clara Bow. Other successful silents included Chickie and Joanna, both 1925, The Dancer of Paris (1926), and Convoy (1927). Her career continued into the beginning of sound where the silent film The Barker (1928) was reshot as a part-talkie. All the aforementioned films had Dorothy in the lead female role.

Though Dorothy successfully made the transition to talkies, after completing 1931's Safe in Hell, her contract with First National was not renewed. She then free-lanced for several studios. In 1931 she made Once a Sinner (1931) for Fox and Kept Husbands for RKO, both pictures pairing her with Joel McCrea. Her most memorable role of this era may have been Columbia's 1932 release, Love Affair, with Humphrey Bogart as her leading man. However, that same year she was billed third under Clark Gable and Carole Lombard in Paramount's No Man of Her Own.

1933 saw her in MGM's The Chief, and then she made three B-studio pictues, Picture Brides and Cheaters (1934), and finally Bulldog Drummond at Bay (1937). After 66 films, of which 26 were talkies, Dorothy came out of retirement to appear in two TV episodes of Hawaii Five-0, filmed on location where she had lived for several decades.

Dorothy Mackaill died of kidney failure in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1990 at the age of 87.

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Publicity still for The Barker (1928), opposite Douglas Faribanks, Jr.

Stars Of The Photoplay, 1930 edition

Publicity still for the musical Bright Lights (1930). Dorothy is Louanne 'Lou'.

Screenland magazine, July 1931 - Cover artist: Thomas Webb

Silver Screen magazine, August 1931

Undated postcard

Screen captures from Safe in Hell.

Screen captures from Kept Husbands.

Screen Captures from Love Affair.

Screen captures from Picture Brides.

Screen captures from Bulldog Drummond at Bay.

Publicity still

Dorothy Mackaill - what do you think - Allure?

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Asides - Tis A Puzzlement

This week, as I switch machines and deal with all the puzzles that process presents, I figured I may as well give visitors some things to puzzle about as well. Presented for your pleasure are three crossword puzzles that appeared in Movie Mirror (1931), Movie Classic (1934), and Movie Story (1938). The covers are also shown, but give no hints as to the answers, that would be cheating. The puzzles were scanned in high resolution and should print out the same size as they appeared if Blogger doesn't mess with the original files. Hope you enjoy solving these.

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Movie Mirror, December 1931 - Cover artist: John Ralston Carke

If you can find a copy of Movie Mirror, January 1932, you will be all set.

Movie Classic, April 1934 - Cover artist: Marland Stone

Before Will Shortz there was L. Roy Russell.

Movie Story Magazine, February 1938 - Cover artist: Zoe Mozert
Zoe was one of the few female glamour/pin-up artists of the period.

Good luck to all.