Olympians and their Roles in Classic Cinema

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When the opening ceremonies commenced, I knew my next two weeks would be consumed by watching the 2012 Olympics.  These skilled and talented athletes inspire the entire gamut of emotions from the viewers.  From admiration and national pride, the public becomes engrossed in the latest medal counts along with the triumphs and  tribulations of their favorite Olympians.  Nowadays, many of the top athletes in their field grace the covers of magazines, have photo shoots and endorse specific product brands.  They become celebrities in their own right.  It seems that Olympians gaining notice from Hollywood is nothing new.  While reading up on the current games I came across a fascinating article from the Los Angeles Time.  Susan King composed, Olympic Champions Have a History with Hollywood, which brought to light the prestigious athletic backgrounds of three classic cinema stars from the 1930’s.

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“Penny Arcade Portrait of Lauren Bacall”

Reference: http://www.electronicpoetry.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/380464_10150453112528489_792798488_8605321_422848769_n.jpgThis is an incredibly unique piece of artwork created By Joseph Cornell.  He is celebrated as one of the most innovative artists of assemblage, a creative medium in which three-dimensional compositions are made by putting together found objects. Cornell’s creation, “Penny Arcade Portrait of Lauren Bacall,” pictured above, was completed shortly after World War II, in 1946, with the dimensions: 20 1/2 x 16 x 3 1/2 inches.  Below is a poem written by Bob Rich in response to this creation….enjoy!

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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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The Article that Disclosed Secret Affairs

Reference:  http://www.blackinformant.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/shhh-2.jpgAn article by Photoplay magazine in 1938, altered the course of life for many of the Hollywood elite.  During the ’30s, it was considered a scandal to be living with your partner while remaining unmarried.  Many of the actors from this time period, however, paid no mind to this traditional value.  When this article was published, many of the noted stars obtained a quick marriage.  This included Carole Lombard, Clark Gable, Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck and several otherwise.  Due to the morals clause that was instituted in many of their contracts, if the situation was not ‘rendered,’ their contract could be voided, therefore resulting in being dropped from their home studio.  The public wanted their idols to be above reproach and in possession of a high moral code. This living arrangement demonstrated to the population that they did not have these qualities.

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What Were the Stars Doing in 1931?

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I stumbled upon a rather intriguing article in the December 1931 issue of Photoplay, entitled, “News and Gossip of All the Studios.”  Essentially, it is multiple pages of the latest gossip and action taken by some of Hollywood’s notables.  While some of the blurbs appear dull or refer to individuals that I know nothing of, others are quite entertaining.  I will share a few of them in this post.  Enjoy!

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‘Slanguage’ For the Ages


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With each passing year, the creation of new and vivid slang terms evolves.  Now, there are even entire dictionaries that can be purchased on this subject.  However, the prolific use of slang words is not something new.  In the December 1931 issue of “Screen Play” there is an intriguing article written by Rosalind Shepard that explores this very topic, entitled “Slanguage of the Stars.”  Personally, I find the prospect of hearing some of the most glamorous figures of their time using this form of language rather entertaining.

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Idiot’s Delight: Downright Entertaining

Throughout the years, I have accumulated quite the collection of classic films.  One might even call it a movie library.  As time permits, I attempt to watch those that I have yet to see.  When I came upon Idiot’s Delight, I did not have high expectations.  However, almost from the start, the comedy started to flow as Clark Gable and Norma Shearer shined, in this zany picture.  It was produced by the studio powerhouse MGM in 1939.  Norma plays Irene Fellara, a somewhat mysterious character, that is instantly attracted to Harry Van (Clark Gable).


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