Barbara Stanwyck in The Purchase Price, 1932
Maureen O’Hara in a promotional photo for Flame of Araby (1951)
Ginger Rogers, 1938.
Katharine Hepburn, ca. 1939
Warner’s Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) opens up with the iconic musical number “The Gold Diggers’ Song (We’re in the Money)” sung by Ginger Rogers. On the second chorus of the song, Ginger sings the lyrics in Pig Latin where, in an extreme close-up of her face, ”We’re in the Money” becomes “Ereway inhay the oneymay”. This version of the chorus was Ginger’s idea.
One day on the set, Ginger was handed the song and told to learn it by that evening since the number was to be shot the following day. After practising the lyrics for hours, Ginger started goofing around and, instead of singing the song as it was written, she translated it into Pig Latin. Warner’s production chief at the time, Darryl F. Zanuck, heard her and was so struck by the novelty of the queer play of words that he ordered Ginger to sing in Pig Latin when the shot was taken.
Marlene Dietrich for Harper’s Bazaar by Richard Avedon,1948.
Barbara Stanwyck photographed in a sweater with her nickname “Missy” on it.
Well, I have a negro maid (Harriett Coray), she’s been with me 30 years, and she’s not a maid she’s a friend. When she first came to work for me in 1938 or 9 she started calling me Missy, and the crews gradually picked it up and so did my family. I like it very much because she gave it to me - and I love her.
- Barbara Stanwyck
Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Taylor peek at gift packages on the liner Queen Elizabeth February 4, 1947
Clara Bow in Red Hair (1928)
Rest in Peace William Horatio Powell | July 29th, 1892 – March 5th, 1984
William Powell, the dapper, sophisticated leading man of scores of films during the 1930s and 1940s and the wise-cracking detective in “Thin Man” movie series, died today. He was 91. Powell died at 5:45am of “old age”. The attending physician, Dr. Irving Hirshleifer said, “The old gentleman went very nicely, with his wife Diana holding his hand until the very end.” Powell, perhaps best known for his role as the suave detective Nick Charkes, despite the old age, retained the deep resonant voice that, along with his impeccable attire, contributed to his stature as a dashing leading man. | Spokane Chronicle; Mar 5, 1984
“Powell is to dialogue as Fred Astaire is to dance. His delivery is so droll and insinuating, so knowing and innocent at the same time, that it hardly matters what he’s saying. | Roger Ebert
“Sleep tight, Angel | Evy
Barbara Stanwyck, 1934
I love her. She’s one of the greats. She’s all female, and about the kickiest thing that can happen to a man is to dance with her. She dances so fine and so close that if you were in a snowbank you couldn’t catch cold. I dance with her every chance I get and I’ve one sorrow: I wish she liked older men.
- George Burns
Barbara Stanwyck photographed for The Plough and the Stars, 1936
Barbara Stanwyck + Academy Award Nominations