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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 .

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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.

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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)

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