The Movie Star Within Lucille Ball

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Lucille Ball is most often associated with her contributions to television.  From I Love Lucy to The Lucy Show, she brought merriment and laughter into the homes of millions.  However, many people forget that she starred in countless movies, prior to her entrance into the new medium of T.V.  Granted most of the films were considered “B” pictures, the majority of them are entertaining and show a very different side to Lucy that we did not always get to see with her shows.  While many of her films were comedies, there were several dramas interspersed as well.  The emotional ranges that she possessed was astounding.  If you have the chance to see some of her film work, I strongly recommend it.  This post will show pictures of Lucy in her various film roles, and will demonstrate her evolution into America’s favorite red-head!

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“Pursuit of the Hollywood He-Man”

Reference:  http://content6.flixster.com/photo/10/04/84/10048436_ori.jpg“I’m just a lucky slob from Ohio who happened to be in the right place at the right time.” This is a very telling quote made by one of the most iconic men of the Golden Era — Clark Gable.  He was one of the most sought after men to ever grace the screen.  Women loved him for his aloof, macho persona, while men wanted to be like him.  Gable along with other idols such as Robert Taylor and Gary Cooper, found themselves  being sought after, rather than doing the seeking.  Did they enjoy being chased by confident, beautiful women?  Paging through an old Photoplay article from June 1936, I came across this article by Adela Rogers St. John.  Enjoy the story about the film icon who stated, “The only reason they come to see me is that I know that life is great, and they know I know it.”

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Jean Harlow, “Hell’s Angel”

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Every once in a  while, as I page through an old Photoplay magazine, an article stands out from the rest.  This was definitely the case regarding the following piece of writing.  It is titled, “Spyglass on Jean Harlow, Also Known as Hell’s Angel.”  It is an entertaining article that was written to give the reader a look at the goofy side of Harlow.  The following was published in the 1931 edition of the magazine.  It is fascinating and quirky, while conveying a unique style of writing.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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“How Cary Grant Took Hollywood”

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The knowledge that other people have regarding classic cinema and its stars continues to inspire awe within me.  There are countless individuals who dedicate a great deal of time and energy to bringing important information and tales to new generations.  New media has provided the perfect avenue for this.  Now, people can take to the internet to share pieces of cinema history, that otherwise would be lost.  One of the ways that this is done, is through the use of providing texts from intriguing articles, from hard to find magazines.  While I have a vast collection of Photoplay magazines, other terrific movie magazines exist.  Thanks to a wonderful site that I stumbled upon, I can share this article about Cary Grant with you.  If you would like to view other articles on this star among stars, go this website:  www.carygrant.net.  Here, they are continuing to update and archive as many worthy articles on this film icon as possible.  It is a wonderfully informative site, that will impress you beyond your expectations.

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Valentine’s Day With Lucille Ball

Reference:  http://media.photobucket.com/image/Lucille%20Ball%20Heart/JAIMEDANCE3/BIRTHDAYS%2520AND%2520MORE/LUCYANDDESI.jpgHappy Valentine’s Day everyone!  As today is a special day, I am going to do a very different styled post than I normally do.  It is going to be a simple posting with pictures of some other celebrities who are posing for what very well could be V-day pictures.  Here is a collection of photos that I was able to discover in order to commemorate today.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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“Behind the Scenes with Jean and Clark”

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While paging through a Photoplay magazine from 1933, I came across a truly fascinating article by Anita Loos.  Harlow and Gable made several movies together during her short career.  When they appeared on screen together, they were absolutely electrifying:  the chemistry, undeniable.  Yet off-screen, there were no romantics involved.  They found a kindred spirit in each other, as they both held the heavy burden of being the ultimate ‘sex symbols’ of the time.  They formed an unbreakable bond, always looking out for the other one.  It was a friendship that would last until  the end of Harlow’s days.

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The Top Leading Men On and Off the Screen

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about my personal top ten actresses of all time.  Now, I think it is only right to dedicate this post to the actors.  Many of these men, could captivate the audience with a slight smile, twinkle in their eye, or at the mere sound of their deep voices.  The actors that I am going to be introducing to you are from a variety of genres, but are all part of the so-called “studio era.”  Much of the information will be coming from my own knowledge base, and the rest will be supplemented by a terrific book “The 50 Most Unforgettable Actors of the Studio Era.”  There are two other books with a similar title:  one focusing on women and the other about on-screen couples.  Here is to the men of the big screen!

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