Random Vintage Fun
Sometimes, when scouring the Internet for images related to classic films and actors, you find lots of random, fun things. Here are some of the gems that you can find when looking up images of some classic movie stars:
Here’s Marion Davies using an odd contraption called the Bentograph. It was supposed analyze the human character. Director Monte Bell gives Marion part of her analysis: “Full forehead; benevolent, creative, learned and happiest when in company of the intellectual. Nose; pretentious, ambitious, sensitive, aims high and demands social and artistic recognition”.
Here’s a favorite of mine: actor portraits in champagne bubbles! I can identify them all. Can you?
A hilarious photo of a young Lucille Ball (third from left) practicing for an upcoming polo match!
I love this one: the lips of sixteen actresses! No need to guess them, the answers are right underneath.
Loretta Young makes a…questionable…fashion choice
Loretta Young riding a dinosaur skeleton in the 1929 film “The Forward Pass”.
I love the caption that came with this photo: “Cary Grant acting tired, ca. 1940s”
Hahaha! Publicity still for His Girl Friday (1940)
Cary Grant and a nun. Enough said.
Cary Grant perched precariously on a balcony in Paris.
Carole Lombard, Cary Grant, and Kay Francis in publicity still for In Name Only.
When Cary Grant asked the RKO-Radio prop man to supply a mirror he would be able to distinguish from the one used by Katharine Hepburn, this is what he got.
Cary Grant in costume by the water cooler.
Katharine Hepburn wiggles her toes on the set of The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Katharine Hepburn stands on Cary Grant’s shoulders on the set of Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Cary Grant, Sally Eilers, Hal Roach, and Elizabeth Jenns English make for an interesting band!
Early 3D glasses!
Cary Grant tries (and fails) to balance a glass of water on his head.
Tallulah Bankhead beats the filthy NYC snow by being helped out of an automobile.
Clark Gable totally grilled the camera in his passport photo.
Clark looks pretty pissed here!
Garbo’s dress in Susan Lenox (1931) never fails to make me laugh
A hilarious scene in Hold Your Man (1933): Jean Harlow attempting to hide her purse in the garbage in the women’s bathroom. First and last time we’ll see Harlow with her hands in the trash.
Norma Shearer never passed up the opportunity to pose for a photo!
JUDY GARLAND WAS LEFT-HANDED!!!!!!!!! I have a slight obsession with left-handed people.
That better not be bubblegum, Ava Gardner
What is Ida Lupino trying to say? Well, she’s gesturing to director Alexander Hall that she can do the previous scene better, and would like another take!
Ida Lupino visits Harry Fink, bottle collector who used to lend out his collection to film studios so they can be used as props!
She needs to stop!
Question: why are celebrities always a million times more gorgeous than their siblings? Ida Lupino is here with her sister Rita. I thought it was Ida Lupino with her mother.
Lana Turner painting? You bet!
Is it me, or does Lana Turner slightly resemble Joan Blondell in this photo?
Lana Turner with the most adorable rabbits in the entire world.
Anne Shirley, Carol Stone, Rosina Lawrence, Lana Turner, Vicki Lester and Natalie Draper drink soda out of a pumpkin.
Spencer Tracy playing baseball.
No boys in this class would understand the Pythagorean Theorem.
HAHAHAHA!!!! Jack Benny counting his money
Errol Flynn, we feel your pain.
Only Jack Benny can wear this shirt and get away with it.
Oh my God, John Barrymore, close your eyes!
John Barrymore Sr and John Barrymore Jr.
LMAO John Barrymore at age nine
Carole Lombard and John Barrymore have the ultimate stare-down
Lucille Ball and Franchot Tone break the censors’ rule of the “anti-cuddle zone” between beds.
Once more, Lucille Ball and Franchot Tone.
Lucille Ball performing a stunt in a film
Jimmy Stewart performing a “handie”. Here, he’s supposed to be a low-browed Indian. Get it?
Another “handie” (Stewart could perform over 300!): China clipper
Desi Arnaz better watch his face.
Lucy in one of her many disguises from “I Love Lucy”
James Hall clearly enjoying a kiss from Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow was a carbon copy of her mother!
Marilyn Monroe posing in a potato sack.
Joan Crawford does some intense multitasking
Joan Crawford stylishly sipping a drink at a soda fountain
Joan Crawford checking herself out
The many moods of Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford doesn’t understand the meaning of “traveling light”
Both hilarious and quite scary
It’s impossible for me not to re-post this picture
Ramon Novarro and actresses he worked with (clockwise from left): Joan Crawford, Alice Terry, Barbara La Marr, Madge Evans, Lupe Velez, Jeanette MacDonald, Myrna Loy, and Greta Garbo.
Gloria Swanson, Eartha Kitt, and…some guy…
It’s Gloria Swanson behind that beard
Gloria Swanson with (a not-so-good, in my opinion) bust of herself
Debbie Reynolds is one lucky lady
Did the Pilgrims really dress that way, Debbie Reynolds?
Debbie Reynolds falls in the mud in the film The Second Time Around
HAHAHA this photo speaks for itself!
Debbie Reynolds gets attacked by thousands of ice cubes or something
Marlon Brando playing the conga drums
Marlon Brando shows guys the right way to skip rope
Marlon Brando never shied away from unusual roles, lets leave it at that!
Marlon Brando and Bob Hope fake fight
The Native American with the sunglasses is cracking me up
Did Marlon Brando fall asleep at the UN? I don’t blame him
Leslie Howard is beautiful in the nerdy look
Leslie Howard is quite dapper
Errol Flynn sharpening…hunting arrows…
Bette Davis in the strangest sunglasses ever
Bette Davis’ dog, Tibby, is quite a diva.
Bette Davis cannot be bothered right now
A lovely photo of Bette Davis eating ice cream
Bette Davis is geek-chic!
Bette Davis getting her makeup done…
…and getting stuck in a cactus patch
Bette Davis in a most unusual hairstyle
This is what happens when Spencer Tracy goes to the circus
I love this.
Clark Gable pretending to beat up Spencer Tracy in Boom Town. Note the amazing hair flips
Spencer Tracy and his wife show us that it is possible to choke to death on those Hawaiian flower necklace things
Charlie Chaplin and Claire Bloom rock awesome eyebrows in “Limelight”
Does Charlie Chaplin always read his fan mail like this?
Charlie Chaplin with two young children.
Tyrone Power shows the typewriter some love.
Rudy Valentino needs to shave that thing off!!!!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Valentino always did have the best reactions.
Umm…a little help here…
Orson Welles performing on the radio
A bust and a skull?! Too much to handle.
This was for the film “Falstaff”, but Orson Welles cracks me up too much here.
Orson Welles’ crown in Macbeth always gave me the giggles.
Orson Welles in costume
And again in costume, but this time with Betty Grable laughing in his face
Orson Welles is the boss in those sunglasses
I honestly don’t think he needs a beard for a radio show, but, you know, whatever…
Crazy hat contest?
See this gun?
Gary Cooper playing cards!!!
Nurses singing Christmas carols to Gary Cooper. I’m serious.
Gary Cooper makes knitting more manly by letting a cigarette droop between his lips.
Gary Cooper disciplines Shirley Temple.
Baby Fred Astaire in the strangest ballet costume ever made.
You couldn’t ask for better dance teachers than Fred and Ginger!
Fred Astaire and Judy Garland
OLD FRED AND OLD GINGER!!!!
Fred Astaire playing mini golf in the middle of Manhattan.
The many moves of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
Katharine Hepburn pulls off the masculine look perfectly
Katharine Hepburn doesn’t demand much
I don’t want to know what’s going on here…
FDR eating chowder with Katharine Hepburn
Jimmy Stewart in a clown costume entertaining hospital patients
Jimmy in “Harvey”. I’ve never seen this film, but it sure seems creepy.
Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart attempts to wow Jimmy Stewart with her accordion skills.
Ginger Rogers and Jimmy Stewart enjoying corn on the cob
Caption: “Sir Laurence Olivier singing”
This costume is hysterical
Viv and Larry’s makeup skills cannot be matched
THIS is how Laurence Olivier receives his Special Oscar?!
Why am I loving Laurence Olivier’s mismatched outfit?
Vivien Leigh clearly enjoys wearing an eyepatch
Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson crack me up
Paulette Goddard drowning in cellophane
The Roz has attitude. I love it.
Rosalind Russell is also very cool
Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. I want her shoes.
Why is Judy wearing the mustache?
Judy Garland popping out of a baptismal font
Errol Flynn gives Dean Stockwell a bath in “Kim”.
Errol Flynn gets some throat spray on the set “The Adventures of Robin Hood”
Errol Flynn in the ultimate vacation outfit.
Caption: “Errol Flynn as a bum”.
Errol Flynn: Bumbling Detective
Errol Flynn is so right to close his eyes…
Errol Flynn at a comedy reading
No, this is not an attack, it’s juts Errol Flynn participating in an Indian custom.
Peter Lorre multitasks making faces in the mirror and flipping the bird.
Peter Lorre squinting in the sun.
Peter Lorre using a skull to light his cigarette
Charles Laughton: perhaps the only man who would stay cool in such circumstances.
Did you know Olivia de Havilland had a pet parrot?
Mickey Rooney takes a tumble at Judy Garland’s pool party.
Early photos of Louis B Mayer always crack me up.
Frank Sinatra steals a kiss from Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers with a magnifying glass
William Powell and Ginger Rogers have lunch
Ginger Rogers and an incredibly ugly stuffed animal
Girls will be boys: Barbara Stanwyck, Marlene Dietrich, and Bebe Daniels.
James Cagney wrestles what seems to be a very hairy specimen of humanity.
James Cagney naps on set.
James Cagney was an excellent dancer.
A funny drawing of Cagney in “Yankee Doodle Dandy”
AWWWWW OLD CAGNEY! HE’S SO CUTE!
Clara Bow cannot stand the singing of her cousin, William Bow.
Clara Bow playing cards to accompany the Gary Cooper playing cards?
Clara Bow stepping through a calendar.
Myrna Loy aims for William Powell
An unrecognizeable Myrna Loy.
Robert Taylor and Clark Gable looking dapper.
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz paper dolls!
Just another day being Lucille Ball…
Lucille Ball kissing Bob Hope.
Lucille Ball quite enjoys using a jackhammer.
Lucy talks with her hands.
Lucille Ball attempts to walk in stilts while Vivian Vance looks on in horror.
Lucille Ball getting into more trouble.
Well, Norma Shearer, this is quite scary.
Mae West is one happy girl.
Juts in time for Halloween…a waxworks artist! Can you recognize all the wax dummies?
Charlie McCarthy: Mae West’s new lover?
All children should be like this.
Facial studies of Mae West and Greta Garbo.
Gene Kelly roller-skates in Paris
Gene Kelly dressed as a priest.
Janet Gaynor and Fredric March share a soda in “A Star Is Born”
Maurice Chevalier and a baby. Don’t you think he had a beautiful smile?
Maurice Chevalier on a television show.
Miriam Hopkins plays backgammon on the beach.
Maurice Chevalier, Audrey Hepburn, and a mountain of hats.
Marlene Dietrich may be leaning in for a kiss, but Maurice Chevalier is concerned with something else…
Claudette Colbert and her mother take a sleigh ride.
Ray Milland and Claudette Colbert in an adorable, romantic photo.
Greta Garbo hides from the photographers
Garbo was a real treat for the reporters…
Chico Marx and Harpo Marx play cards.
A possible Zeppo Marx replacement?
All you need to be a Marx brother.
Harpo’s frustration face.
I will not ask.
Buster Keaton in “The General”
Buster Keaton stares down a freaky little toy.
Buster Keaton is surprisingly ripped!
HAHAHAHAHAHA THREE YEAR-OLD BUSTER KEATON!!!
Vivien Leigh: dressed to the nines. Lauren Bacall: in a bathrobe.
HYSTERICAL photo of Frank Morgan and Hedy Lamarr.
Humphrey Bogart reading “Dark Passage”
Humphrey Bogart getting dressed. Hat and shoes before pants, of course.
Bogart is no wimp.
Bogey with…stuffed pandas?
Adorable photo of Bogey playing with his dog.
This is not a gay photo of Humphrey Bogart and George Raft. At all.
Marlene Dietrich attempts to critically injure Jimmy Stewart.
Mary Astor with Marlene Dietrich
That’s all! I made it quite long to make up for all the days I haven’t blogged. Hope this was fun and entertaining!