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CAROLE LOMBARD CollectionCarole Lombard is one of film's most beloved stars. Some of this is due to her sad and untimely death at the age of 33 in a plane crash while selling war bonds. Mostly it is due to her stunning glamorous and elegant image. Her place in people's memory is not for a particular role or film or character -- it is for that image. Lombard was talented in both drama and comedy and with a good script and director, she excelled. Certainly, a few of her films are considered amongst the finest in the screwball comedy genre (TWENTIETH CENTURY, MY MAN GODFRY, NOTHING SACRED and TO BE OR NOT TO BE) and she made fine dramatic impressions in MADE FOR EACH OTHER and IN NAME ONLY. She exhibited great charisma and she appealed to most everyone because while she could be stunningly beautiful, glamorous and elegant she also seemed down to earth and real, and bawdy. In real life she definitely was--- not only bawdy, but known to be quite salty and uninhibited. This gave her the sense of fun she exhibited in the great comedies. She was born in Indiana in 1908, her parents divorced in 1916 and her mother brought the family to California. Carol (as she spelled her chosen stage name), born Jane Alice Peters was chosen for a film at age 12 (A PERFECT CRIME). She continued school in Los Angeles and attempted to get more acting jobs. At 16 she decided to leave school and pursue acting. She got her feet wet in films by playing leading ladies in westerns and secondary roles and in a series of Mack Sennett slap stick comedies (her training ground). She paid her dues and worked her way up. An auto accident at 17 left her face scarred and Fox canceled her contract. Barbaric plastic surgery repaired her face but she always had to use generous make up to cover her scars. She married William Powell in 1931 (having made MAN OF THE WORLD together), but the marriage only lasted two years. She always felt him to be film's finest actor. She would receive an Academy Award nomination for best actress for her classic film with Powell, MY MAN GODFRY. A relationship with NO MAN OF HER OWN co star Clark Gable would start in 1937 with marriage in 1939. They were Hollywood's golden couple. Lombard was highly respected by the Hollywood community and by the American public and did all she could to assist in the war effort as America went to war in 1941. She lost her life early on in that effort, just weeks after America's entrance into the war. On Jan. 16, 1942, the plane she was traveling back to Los Angeles in after a tour of selling war bonds crashed in the Nevada mountains. Her now classic Ernst Lubitsch film TO BE OR NOT TO BE was released posthumously.
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SAFETY IN NUMBERS (1930)


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Paramount Production 794

This was Carole Lombard's second film for Paramount during a period in which she was quickly moved from one film to the next. This musical banked on the new popularity of Buddy Rogers who emerged from the late silent ear as a talent with musical abilities. The story is about a naïve youth who is sent to live with three chorus girls who must act as his chaperon until he turns 21 (at which point he will inherit 25 million). For this duty, they are each paid 10 thousand dollars. This gave opportunity for all kinds of pre-code action, as evidenced in the bulk of stills of the three girls and their friends parading in lingerie at every opportunity. Lombard certainly partakes in this parade and this collection contains some of the rarest and most revealing images of her in any film. Great fashions, art deco furnishings and sets and very risqué images.
All 50 stills feature Carole Lombard. 80% are stamped by Gene Richee including the 5 portraits of Lombard. Excellent condition.

Stills: 2, 8, 9, 11, 15, 17, 21, 32, 33, 34, 37, 39, 42, 43, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 52, 54, 56, 57, 59, 63, 66, 67, 68, 69, 73, 75, 77, 82, 83, 87, 93, 94, 147, 151, 153, 155, 164, 168, 171, 175, 186, 223, 226, 227, 231 (50)

50 files, last one added on Dec 21, 2009
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I TAKE THIS WOMAN (1931)


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Paramount Production 846.

Story about a rich socialite whose father sends her to a dude ranch in the west to cool off. She falls in love with a cowboy and her family disinherits her. This forgotten film featured Carole Lombard with Gary Cooper for the first time, when both were at their youthful peak. Until recently, this was a lost film, the rights reverting to the author who received the original negative and allowed it to disintegrate. One 16mm acetate print was discovered, and this is what we now have left of the film.
Both stars appear in each of the stills. Excellent condition.

Stills: 59, 71, 78 (3)

3 files, last one added on Dec 21, 2009
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NO MAN OF HER OWN (1932)


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Paramount Production 917.

A legendary film, for the pairing of stars Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. The film is a rather offbeat genre of comedy and drama and reflects much of the open attitude of the time towards relationships and sexuality, an attitude which at the height of the depression made sense but which was quickly reigned in by the religious sector. Lombard plays a lonely girl with a wild streak who works as a librarian. On the toss of a coin she marries a gambler, who once she discovers his true nature attempts to get him to quit. He does his best to go straight. Gable and Lombard met while making this film and though a relationship was established and chemistry was present, they did not really start a romance until a few years later. Gable was on loan out from MGM, where he was just establishing himself as a leading male star. There are numerous sexy images of these great charismatic stars.

Lombard is in every still but the 1 Gable portrait. Most are double weight key book stills. A couple stills have some border smudging. Otherwise excellent condition.

Stills: 19, 24, 40, 48, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 61, 64, 65, 85, 86, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 95, 101, 102, 106, 113, 115, 116, 117, 118, 123, 132, 139, 2/7, 2/11, 2/15, 2/23, (1) Gable portrait, (5) Lombard costume portraits (43)

42 files, last one added on Dec 21, 2009
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FROM HELL TO HEAVEN (1933)


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Paramount Production 921.

A quickie production which borrowed the successful story format (though not all star cast idea) of MGM's big hit GRAND HOTEL. Residents of a resort hotel await the outcome of a horse race, as it will affect each of their lives in different ways.

Still of Lombard with Jack Oakie. Excellent condition.

Still 30 (1)

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EAGLE AND THE HAWK (1933)


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Paramount Production 934.

A fine, though underrated story about the volunteer Royal Air Force squadron during WWI which starred Frederic March, Cary Grant and Jack Oakie. Carole Lombard's role was as "The Beautiful Lady," a character which she could play to the hilt and which encompassed her contribution to the script. In these stills the beautiful Lombard wears an outrageous gown with very low décolletage , having all to do with pre-code 1933 Hollywood and nothing to do with 1917 England!

There is a portrait still and one of Lombard with Frederic March. Excellent condition.

Stills: 144, 147 (2)

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SUPERNATURAL (1933)


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Paramount Production 935.

A bizarre tale of a murderess (Lombard) who's spirit takes control over another woman's! Lombard is seen in the stills with Randolph Scott, Vivienne Osborne, Aline Dinehart and H.B. Warner. Though not credited, Lombard's black evening gowns are likely designed for her by Travis Banton.

Excellent condition.

Stills: 36, 57, 77, 82, 86 (5)

5 files, last one added on Dec 21, 2009
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HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE (1935)


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Paramount Production 1060.

Story of a cynical gold digging manicurist who meets a wounded aviator whose family has lost their fortune. Both wish to marry money, but form an alliance in that pursuit instead. Film, from director Mitchell Liesen included a combination of comedy elements from slapstick to screwball. So successful was Carole Lombard's comic teaming with Fred MacMurray, that they went on to make three more films together. Travis Banton was at last credited on screen for Lombard's stunning wardrobe.

Stills: 5, 13, 14, 19 (4)

4 files, last one added on Dec 21, 2009
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SWING HIGH, SWING LOW (1937)


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Paramount Production 1117.

Story of a girl on vacation in Panama who agrees to go on a date with a soldier on his last day in the army. She misses her shop back to the US and must stay with him and his friend. Romance ensues. In these stills, Lombard appears in a show girl costume designed by Travis Banton which went as far as it could in post code 1935 Hollywood.

Stills: 43, 153, 154 (3)

3 files, last one added on Dec 21, 2009
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CAROLE LOMBARD Misc. (1935-1937)


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Portraits, Misc. (1935-1937)

P1202-1264- Lombard with George Raft- Double weight key book still with printed snipe on the back in which Raft is visiting Lombard on the sound stage set of HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE

P1202-1329- Lombard costume portrait- Stunning 1936 Paramount publicity portrait of Lombard in a fur trimmed cape and cowl type hat.

P1202-1533- Lombard on a ranch. 1937 publicity still of Lombard wearing casual western style attire as she walks around a horse ranch. Typed publicity blurb on back

P2006-1- Lombard with Helen Jepson. Double weight key book still with typed blurb on back. Jepson, of the Metropolitan opera visited Lombard on the set of HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE and was about to sign a contract with Paramount. Jepson did not end up making a film for Paramount.

P1724-304, 313 and 325- Lombard's party at Venice Pier fun house, for A. C. Blumenthal and William Rhinelander Stewart. Guests included in the stills are Josephine Hutchinson, Frances Drake, Marlene Dietrich, Lili Damita and Errol Flynn. These are double weight keybook stills with typed blurbs on the verso. They are also stamped approved by the Hollywood advertising council, June 19, 1935. (7)

7 files, last one added on Dec 21, 2009
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CLARA BOW CollectionPresented is a collection of 507 original 8 x 10 single weight glossy silver gelatin prints from the Paramount Studios wardrobe collection.

Born into poverty in 1905 Brooklyn New York and coming from a very difficult background Clara Bow became a superstar, and the first ever Hollywood sex symbol. Clara could flirt with the camera just by looking into it with her big brown eyes and mischievous bow-tie grin. She exuded sex appeal from every pore in her little body and was not afraid to flaunt it. She personified "flaming youth in rebellion". Her characters were always working class gals; manicurists, showgirls and the like. Her movies did a lot to emancipate young Americans from the restrictive Victorian morals their parents had been raised with. Clara's characters were unashamed about being attracted to men and went after them with gusto. Her shop girl in It (1927), sees the bosses son one day, and says "Oh Santa, gimme him!" She knows exactly what to do to get him interested and then keeps him on his toes. Her characters cut their dresses up to look sexier, cut off their hair, drank and smoked in public, and danced all night long. At the height of her career, she received 45,000 fan letters a week, a record that has never been equaled. She was the idol of working girls and the dream of working class guys everywhere.
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Rough House Rosie (1927)


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Paramount Production Number 640

Some stamped Gene Richee
Many have typed on their backs "Ladies wardrobe Frank Richardson"
Some feature details on back regarding the costumes, materials and cost of the garment

Unfortunately, Paramount studios saw little value in their inventory of silent film history and once an interest in it came about, much of the libraries nitrate film negative and extant prints had disintegrated. With the renewed interest in Clara Bow, there has been a campaign to find and restore as many of her films as possible. Many are extant, but a handful are not. This title, unfortunately is one of those lost films.

Presented here, in still photo form is likely the finest and most complete run of stills for this title. This would constitute an archival recreation of the storyline of the film and is the only known visual continuity extant for this purpose. This set of stills came from the Paramount Wardrobe Department.

Clara played a spirited girl (Rosie O' Reilly) who meets a known boxer, develops her own cabaret boxing/dancing act. She meets a wealthy man while entertaining in the club which inspires her to take etiquette lessons so as she can "crash" society. In the end, however, she decides to return to her boxer boyfriend. Reed Howes was her boxer boyfriend. B. P Shulberg, who brought Clara from Brooklyn and made her a film star, produced this as well as many of her film vehicles. Clara made this film during early 1927, just having finished IT. She would next film HULA.

Stills: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41, 43, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 56, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 75, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97,98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 131, 133, 134, 138, 141, 143, 144, 145, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194 A, 194 B, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209. (179 stills)

179 files, last one added on Dec 21, 2009
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Hula (1927)


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Paramount Production 655.

HULA was set on a pineapple plantation in Hawaii with Clara playing Hula Calhoun the high spirited daughter of the plantation owner. Hula sets her sites on winning over a British engineer who is married. Hula does not let that get in her way however! The film opened with Clara performing a nude swim in a brook and was very controversial during it's time. Bow also performed a grass skirt dance and frolicked on horseback over the island set. The movie was likely filmed, in parts in the Catalina Island area and was directed by Clara Bow's favorite (and with whom she had an affair), Victor Fleming. Clive Brook plays the leading man and is in many of the stills with Clara. Albert Gran is her father and Patricia Dupont plays Brooks surprise wife. Also Olympic legend Duke Kahanamoku is featured in the Hawaiian dancing sequence and appears in those stills. This is the most complete archive of original scene stills ever gathered for this rare title. This set is from the Paramount wardrobe files and many of the stills have typed on their verso side "Ladies wardrobe, Frank Richardson." A few also have the Paramount Ladies Wardrobe stamp on verso.

Stills: 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 34, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44 (?), 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 71, 78, 80, 84, 85, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 96, 97, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108,. 109, 110, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119 (?), 120 (?), 121 (?), 123, 124, 125, 126 (?), 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138 (number change), 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152 (?), 153 (?), 154, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178 (?) (146 stills)

146 files, last one added on Dec 21, 2009
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Red Hair (1927)


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Paramount Production 686.

Stills: #4 - Portrait by Eugene Richee .

1 files, last one added on Dec 21, 2009
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Fleet's In (1928)


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Paramount Production Number 1151

Story of a dance hall girl (Trixie "Peaches" Deane) who works as a dime-a-dance hostess at the Roseland Dance Hall who meets and falls in love with a sailor who is on leave. The sailor mis-interprets her job description, gets fresh and she gives him the boot. In the end, they discover they are really in love of course and he vows to return.

Unfortunately again, this is one of Clara Bow's lost films.

James Hall plays her boyfriend and Jack Oakie her buddy. Malcom St. Clair, who directed many of her films, directed this picture. It was made in summer 1928 with location shooting in San Francisco and San Pedro, CA.

The stills show Bow with James Hall, Jack Oakie and Eddie Dunn.

7 files, last one added on Dec 21, 2009
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Wild Party (1929)


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Paramount Production 741

Made in early 1929, this is Clara Bow's first talkie and was directed by the legendary Dorothy Arzner. Story of a wild college girl, and her wild girlfriends, who falls for a professor (Frederic March) which causes scandal. She proves herself decent when she takes the blame for another girl's misdeed and is expelled. The professor comes to her rescue.

Still 6 has original paper blurb attached to back which gives names of all the players in the still.

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Saturday Night Kid (1929)


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Paramount Production 767

A great glimpse into life of the late 1920's, this early talkie left behind the typical Bow character and presented her in a subdued role. Story of two sisters who work in a department store. The younger sister is played by Jean Arthur in a very early lead role, she the unsympathetic character who stabs her sister in the back. Clara again appeared with James Hall as her leading man. Character actress Edna May Oliver plays the director of the stores charity pageant. Another sales girl is played by Jean Harlow in a very early role. She also partakes in the pageant, and wore the costume intended for Bow, as Bow had gained too much weight to fit in it. Harlow would take up the torch of movie sex symbol in the 1930's, and even make a film based on incidents of Bow's life, BOMBSHELL. Harlow appears in 3 of the stills of this set.

This is an extensive grouping of scene and publicity stills from this title, likely the most extensive to be offered in one collection. Many of the stills bear the photographers stamp of Eugene Richee. Several bear the photographers stamp of Clifton L. Kling.

Stills: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 18, 24, 25, 26, 29, 32, 35, 36, 39, 40, 42, 42 B (?) 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 51, 52, 53, 54 A, 54B, 60. 61, 63, 65, 69, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 78, 79, 85, 88, 90, 92, 96, 97, 98, 99, 101, 102, 103, 104 A, 104 B, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 111, 114, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 126, 127, 129, 130, 131, 132, 134, 136, 141, 142, 143 (83 stills)

84 files, last one added on Dec 21, 2009
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Love Among The Millionaires (1930)


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Paramount Production 800

The story of a young waitress, Pepper Whipple and her family, including Pop (Charles Sellon) and little sister Penelope (Mitzi Green) who falls in love the son of a wealthy railroad tycoon (Jerry Hamilton). Complications arise when she attempts to hobnob with his family in Palm Springs.

Stills: 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 38, 40, 41, 43, 44, 46, 48, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 99, 100, 101, 102, 107, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 118, 119, 121, 122 (61 stills)

61 files, last one added on Dec 21, 2009
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Her Wedding Night (1930)


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Paramount Production 818

Clara Bow celebrated her 25th birthday on the set of this romantic comedy of errors. In this early talkie, she plays an American actress vacationing in Paris. Included in the scenes are Ralph Forbes, Charles Ruggles, Skeets Gallagher, Geneva Mitchell and Natalie Kingston. The film was recently restored and is noteworthy for it's art deco sets.

The portraits of Bow are stamped Gene Richee.

Clara had made the transition to early talkies and her thick Brooklyn accent added appeal to the characters she played. The microphone however filled her with great anxiety. There were several personal scandals during this time and her last few films in 1932 and 1933 failed. She experienced a mental breakdown. In 1932 she married cowboy film star Rex Bell, moved to his ranch and raised their two sons, never returning to film making.

Stills: 5, 6, 7, 13, 14, 17, 20, 22, 24, 40, 41, 42 (?), 44, 92, 93, 100, 105, 113, 128, 130, 131, 139, 153, 156, 162, 164, 166, (last 4 are ink stamped Eugene Richee portraits) (27 stills)

27 files, last one added on Dec 21, 2009
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IDA LUPINO CollectionIda Lupino, a legendary actress of Hollywood's Golden era who became not only an important but one of the very few women stars of that time who went on to become a recognized film director started life in Camberwell London, England, Feb. 4, 1914. She was the daughter of theatre couple Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Lupino. Her uncle was the popular Lupino Lane. At 19 she too entered films (she had played on small role in a 1931 British film) and appeared in 6 films in 1933. Her mother brought her to Hollywood in 1934 and her career was launched. This collection is a rare representation of that first year in Hollywood and is a very rare glimpse into the making of a star, under the old star contract system of the classic era of Hollywood. Seldom does a collection of this archival and historic quality come up for public sale. It is likely that this is the only near complete set of Lupino's first year of publicity photography at her home studio, Paramount and is not represented in any public or private archives.

Within the collection are portraits, her day to day life, events she attended, her star build up, fashion publicity and publicity for her very first films.

Ida learned her craft of film making during this initial year. Her progression in learning that is well documented as you move through these photos, dated from late 1933 to Spring 1935.

Lupino would go on to become a star actress at Warner Brothers after her initial 5 years as starlet/leading lady. She would become known for her tough characters with a heart of gold. She would become most well known as a brunette, letting go of her platinum dyed tresses--- so in vogue in 1934.

She is well revered as the only major woman star of the 1930's and 40's to become a well established film director of the 1950's (while continuing to act), and inspired many women film makers to this day.
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Various Images


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Ida Lupino, a legendary actress of Hollywood's Golden era who became not only an important but one of the very few women stars of that time who went on to become a recognized film director started life in Camberwell London, England, Feb. 4, 1914. She was the daughter of theatre couple Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Lupino. Her uncle was the popular Lupino Lane. At 19 she too entered films (she had played on small role in a 1931 British film) and appeared in 6 films in 1933. Her mother brought her to Hollywood in 1934 and her career was launched. This collection is a rare representation of that first year in Hollywood and is a very rare glimpse into the making of a star, under the old star contract system of the classic era of Hollywood. Seldom does a collection of this archival and historic quality come up for public sale. It is likely that this is the only near complete set of Lupino's first year of publicity photography at her home studio, Paramount and is not represented in any public or private archives.

Within the collection are portraits, her day to day life, events she attended, her star build up, fashion publicity and publicity for her very first films.

Ida learned her craft of film making during this initial year. Her progression in learning that is well documented as you move through these photos, dated from late 1933 to Spring 1935.

Lupino would go on to become a star actress at Warner Brothers after her initial 5 years as starlet/leading lady. She would become known for her tough characters with a heart of gold. She would become most well known as a brunette, letting go of her platinum dyed tresses--- so in vogue in 1934.

She is well revered as the only major woman star of the 1930's and 40's to become a well established film director of the 1950's (while continuing to act), and inspired many women film makers to this day.

251 files, last one added on Dec 21, 2009
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LOUISE BROOKS CollectionA collection of 5 original single weight glossy silver gelatin prints. This set was originally housed in the Paramount Studios Women's Wardrobe department. Louise Brooks appeared in 24 films between 1925 and 1938. She was also a gifted dancer and an accomplished writer. Before she entered films, Louise performed with both the Denishawn Dance Co. and the Ziegfeld Follies. Later in life, her articles were collected into a bestselling book, LULU IN HOLLYWOOD. Today she is best known for her role as Lulu in the classic 1929 German film, PANDORA'S BOX. 70 years after her last films, Louise Brooks is remembered for her independent spirit, remarkable beauty and trademark hairstyle (cut in the same Buster Brown style she had worn as a child). These qualities have made her a 20th century icon.
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NOW WE'RE IN THE AIR (1927)


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Paramount Production 668. Still: 154

Story is a comedy set in World War I about two American air pilots (Wallace Beery and Raymond Hackett) who stumble into a battle in France and emerge as heroes. Louise plays a girl named Griselle who they meet while in France. This stunning portrait is of Louise as the French country girl in provincial costume. Typed on the back is "Ladies wardrobe Frank Richardson," and it is stamped PHOTO BY RICHEE. There is a minor smudge in the top left blank white margin, otherwise mint condition.
This is a LOST film.

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CANARY MURDER CASE (1929)


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Paramount Production 729,

Images for this extant, but rarely shown late silent/early talkie film are very rare. The film is famous for leading to the end of Louise Brooks's film career at Paramount. Made as a silent film, just as the industry was converting to talkies, it was decided that speaking scenes would be added after production wrapped. Louise Brooks had gone to Europe to work on what would become her best work (Pandora's Box and Diary of a Lost Girl) and legend has it, would not come in to shoot the added scenes and record dialogue.

In the murder mystery, based on a true case, Louise plays the Canary, a blackmailing nightclub singer. She is murdered 15 minutes into the story, which explains the lack of stills for her characters.

Here are (4) of the best. The three publicity stills (superb close up portrait of Brooks in Canary costume, Brooks with Jean Arthur and Brooks with Gustav von Seyffertitz) are stamped by Gene Richee. The rare back stage scene still features Brooks in the Canary costume, and Jean Arthur.

Stills: 46, 52, 90, 120

4 files, last one added on Dec 21, 2009
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MARLENE DIETRICH CollectionA collection of 26 single weight glossy silver gelatin still images from two of Dietrich's finest 1930's Paramount films. As of late, there has been very strong collector interest in 30's images of Dietrich, and there are some truly magnificent ones here.
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Song Of Songs (1933)


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Paramount Production 931

Between 1929 and 1935, Marlene Dietrich appeared in a series of films at Paramount for director Joseph von Sternberg. Von Sternberg began is relationship with Deitrich in 1929 when he went to Germany and cast her in his film THE BLUE ANGEL, a joint venture between UFA and Paramount. She became his Trilby to his Svengali. With determination, she sought to work with other directors. SONG OF SONGS is the one film she made during this tenure for another director, the gifted Rouben Mamoulian.

This was the story of an innocent country girl (Lily) who goes to live in the city with her aunt. Dietrich was able to convey the growth from naive girl to a woman of experience and disillusionment in one of her finest performances of the time. Risque was the theme and the nude statue for which she posed (legend has it that she did indeed pose
for it!).

Stills: 29, 32, 34, 47, 58, 62, 64, 82, 106, 125, 135, 1428-2/19 (12 Total)

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Desire (1936)


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This is the first film which Marlene Dietrich completed after her Svengali years with Von Sternberg. A departure from the heavy melodrama's she had starred in for 6 years, this was a romantic comedy. She was re-united with her MOROCCO co star Gary Cooper and again the pair exuded sexual chemistry which burned up the nitrate film--- post code ethics made things less blatant, but plenty of "desire" was displayed nonetheless. Travis Banton clothes Dietrich is some of her most flattering contemporary gowns and costume pieces, which these stills display. Dietrich's crew of Paramount technicians followed her through and did her as much justice as in the Von Sternberg period. Without the heave artifice, Dietrich was allowed to be more free and shine on her own. This is the story of a lady jewel thief in Paris, who meets and engineer and must flea the country before she is caught. Some of the finest images of Dietrich, including still 9 which was used for a lobby card, and on the cover of the book FOYER PLEASURE. Though Frank Borzage is credited director, some of the film was directed by Ernst Lubitsch which may explain both Dietrich and Cooper's effervescent handling of the material in what is very much a Lubitsch "touched" effort.

Paramount Production 1065. Stills: 9, 34, 37, 40, 43, 47, 49, 63, 95, 101, 98, 116, 123, 135 (14 Total)

14 files, last one added on Dec 21, 2009
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Paramount MoviesGeneral collection of vintage Paramount movies.
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CITY GONE WILD, THE (1927)


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An archive of (94) vintage original 8 x 10” silver gelatin prints. Many of the scenes from this early gangster feature are represented from this large collection of images. There are shots in speak-easy’s and of gang gun street warfare. Up and coming star Louise Brooks appears in (10) of the stills.

With the outbreak of city gang wars between Gunner Gallagher (Fred Kohler) and Lefty Schroeder (Duke Martin), criminal lawyer John Phelan (Thomas Meighan), feared in the underworld, brings temporary peace, while district attorney Franklin Ames (Wyndham Standing) investigates. Nada Winthrop (Marietta Millner), daughter of a powerful capitalist, is sought by both men. Though Nada loves John, she disapproves of his criminal practice; and when he frees Gunner Gallagher on bail, she announces her engagement to Ames. When Ames discovers that her father is the secret brain of the underworld activities and Winthrop has him killed, John takes the district attorneyship to avenge his friend. Snuggles, (Louise Brooks) Gunner's girl, threatens to inform on Winthrop unless John releases Gunner, and he concedes; John is about to resign when Snuggles, rejected by her man, confesses.

The collection contains:
665- 1, 2-6, 9-15, 16, 17, 19, 25-31, 34-41, 43-45, 46, 46 (different shots), 47, 50-52, 53, 53 (different shots), 54-58, 62-64, 66-71, 73, 74, 77-81, 84-89, 91, 92, 94-97, 99, 100-113, 115-119

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FASHIONS FOR WOMEN (1927)


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Paramount Production 635

The first full feature to be directed by the legendary woman director Dorothy Arzner. Arzner was the only female Hollywood film director to gain prominence during Hollywood film making's golden age of the 1920's, 30's and 40's. This film starred Esther Ralston. Her 1926 film of the same name dubbed this incredible beauty "The American Venus." She had come from a vaudeville family and grown up in the theatre and film. To capitalize on her beauty and wholesomeness, this vehicle was created in which she plays the dual role of Lola Dauvry and Celeste de Givray. The obvious highlight was a stunningly staged fashion show. There is not a designer credit for the film, but the clothing (and sets) was obviously influenced by art deco, and the work of Erte. Incredible in this collection are those images of the fashion show and the portraits of the gowns, with great detail on the versos. Also incredible is the fact that this is the most complete archive of photos on this title, Arzner's first feature, and a lost film.

This set of stills came from the Ladies Wardrobe department, under the direction of Frank Richardson. Richardson worked at Paramount for many years and was given screen credit in 1947 as Wardrobe Supervisor for his work on the Cecil B. DeMille epic UNCONQUERED.

Some of the costume portrait stills are stamped on verso by photographer Eugene Robert Richee. The scene stills are not stamped on verso. Many of the costume portraits include details on the garment, including the materials used, colors, furs and feathers used and the final cost of the gown. Some are stamped "LASKY COMPANY" on the verso. Jesse L. Lasky produced this film along with B. P. Shulberg and Adolph Zukor.

A fantastic collection depicting many of the ideas in fashion for 1927.

Stills: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43, 44, 47, 48, 49, 50, 53, 54, 55, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 63, 64, 66, 67, 68, 71, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 82, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 96, 98,99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 145, 146, 148, 149, 151, 152, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 167, 168, 171, 172, 173, 174, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186 and (39) Un-Numbered wardrobe portraits. (196 Total)

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SECRET HOUR (1928)


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An archive of 103 vintage original silver gelatin prints. A very substantial (and likely the largest extant collection) of images for this silent version of the Sidney Howard play THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WANTED (remade in 1940 with Carole Lombard and Charles Laughton).

The story is similar to that of Cyrano de Bergerac, with Tony (Jean Hersholt) the successful Italian immigrant rancher who asks his friend to court for him a beautiful waitress Amy (Pola Negri), who he feels he does not have a chance with.

This film gave the well know Negri a chance to break her usual character and play the good girl and her performance was excellent.

The stills in this collection are:

664-2, 4-6, 8, 9, 11, 13-26, 28-32, 35-45, 47-62, 64-68, 69-75, 77, 79, 80-87, 89-93, 95, 96, 98, 101- 107, 109, 110, 113, 115-119, 121-124, 155

VERY FINE CONDITION

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LOVES OF AN ACTRESS (1928)


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Spectacular archive of 118 vintage original 8 x 10” silver gelatin prints. This collection originated in the Paramount wardrobe department and is likely the only extant archive of nearly all the scene production stills taken for this lost feature starring the incredible Pola Negri. Negri is present in at least three quarters of the images. With her in many of the stills are Nils Asther (as Raoul), and other actors Mary McAllister, Richard Tucker, Philp Strange and Paul Lukas. Rowland V. Lee was writer and director.

Born into a family of poor peasants, Rachel, a street entertainer in 1850’s era Paris becomes the leading actress in the Comédie Française through the patronage of three influential men: Baron Hartman, the wealthiest man in France; Count Vareski, a relative of Napoleon; and Dr. Durande, the leading newspaper publisher in Europe. All three men are in love with her, but she throws them over when she falls in love with Raoul Duval, who is about to be appointed ambassador to Russia. Durand threatens to publish Rachel's love letters to Raoul, but to protect Raoul's reputation Rachel pretends that she has only been toying with his emotions. Raoul goes to Russia, and Rachel, exhausted by life and love, dies peacefully. 

This setting and melodramatics gave Negri chance for ample changes in costume. The film was epically made with stunning sets, including a recreation of the Comedie Francaise.

Most of the stills have “Ladies wardrobe Frank Richardson” typed on verso. Many also feature the “Paramount Pictures and photograph by Gene Robert Richee” stamp on verso.

An excellent collection from a lost film featuring a legendary silent screen star. This rare set of stills is likely the largest extant collection of images for this film and is all that is left of it.

The run of stills present are:
670- 4, 7, 8, 11, 12-16, 19, 20, 23-26, 28, 29, 31-33, 35-37, 39-46, 48, 51, 52, 52 (mis-numbered different shot), 54-57, 61, 64, 66, 67, 69-71, 82-85, 87, 89, 91, 92, 94, 96, 97, 99, 100-107, 109, 112, 114-116, 118-120, 122-124, 128-132, 133 (two prints), 135-138, 141, 144, 145, 147, 148, 150, 151, 155, 158, 159, 162, 166, 168, 171-173, 175-178, 180, 181, 186, 187, 192-197

OVERALL FINE CONDITION

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SARAH AND SON (1930)


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Superb archive of 144 vintage original 8 x 10” silver gelatin prints. This is likely the most complete collection of images for this Dorothy Arzner directed feature with an Academy Award nominated performance by Ruth Chatterton.

This was the story of an impoverished couple at the height of the depression, the husband a wife beater. They have a child and the husband sells the baby to a wealthy family unbeknownst to his wife. She works her way up the show business ladder, in clubs and vaudeville and becomes a world famous opera singer. She then searches for her son.

Scene stills depicting the entire story are included. There are also superb portraits of stars Ruth Chatterton, Frederic March, Phillippe De Lacy and others, photographed and stamped by Gene Robert Richee and Otto Dyar. Ruth Chatterton appears in many superb gowns from the period and many of stories violent pre-code images are featured.

This run of stills contains:
784- 2-13, 15-20, (there are two prints on 19), 23, 25, 28-39, 42, 43, 45, 46, 49-57, 60-63, 65-83, 85, 87, 82 (mis-numbered), 89, (there are 6 stills which appear to be numbers in the 90 series for which the numbers cannot be read on the still), 95, 96, 98-100, 102, 103, 105-116, 118, 119, 119 (different), 120-131, 133, 134, 136, 137, 138, 140, 141, 144-152, 156, 158, 159, 161-167, 169, 171-173, 175

The stills are in over-all VERY FINE condition.

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