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Vintage Lobby Cards 
...discovering old movies one poster at a time

Peruse the hundreds, maybe even thousands whenever I get around to it, of examples of Vintage Movie Lobby Cards spanning the era of silent films to modern slasher flicks, classics, movie monsters, and even foreign posters for favorite films - definitely something for everyone.   

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Tuesday
Jan032012

Land of Six Guns (1940)

Well not much has changed since 1940 I guess, it seems that the Mexican border is still the Land of Six Guns, just like in this wild west tale of cattle-smuggling and romance. These days the six guns are being discharged over drugs and gangs, but it's still the wild west.  Jack Russell and Louise Stanley play a Marshall and his lover who fight for their freedom and their livestock in this typical Saturday afternoon movie fare. Jack Randall and his brother Robert "Bob" Livingston were popular cowboy stars in the forties, another example of talent and timing running in the family. Or maybe it was because they were good on a hores?

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Monday
Jan022012

Man's Favorite Sport (1964)

1964 brought us the delightful Rock Hudson and Paula Prentiss yukfest in the form of the film Man's Favorite Sport? Handsome Hudson plays Roger Willoughby, a leading expert on sports fishing beloved by his customers in the sports department at Abercrombie and Fitch, where he works. There's only one problem however: he's never been fishing...  and then the store owner enters him in a fishing contest, mayhem ensues just like you'd expect. The plot reminds me of Barbara Stanwyk's Martha Stewartesque character in Christmas in Connecticut - the old fake it til you make it plot. Too bad that never works out in real life, or you would be reading the blog of Mrs. McConaughey. lol.

 

UPDATE: I just watched this movie on TCM - and all I have to say is Paula Prentiss plays ca-razy! This movie is totally silly, but Rock looks very manly and ridiculously handsome and if you ever ran into Paula's character.... you'd be calling her doctor to up her meds in a flash. 

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Monday
Jan022012

Merrily we go to Hell (1932)

It's an little known fact that women had quite a heyday as directors and writers and even producers back in 1930s Hollywood. This little 1932 gem, Merrily we go to Hell, directed by Dorothy Arzner stars Frederic March and Sylvia Sidney as a newspaper man who is sobered up by an heiress who encourages him to go legit as a writer. Upon his success he falls for another woman and yada yada yada, you've heard the story a thousand times since 1932. A fun highlight: a small part featuring a young Cary Grant acting in a play within the movie. 

Someone (with a silly userId I dont feel like typing here) did a great job of editing the movie to George Michael's Careless Whisper - and it's quite an effective trailer for the film. Take a looksee below....

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Monday
Jan022012

Holiday Inn (1942)

Holiday Inn from 1942 is a seasonal staple at my house. I'm a sucker for any time Bing Crosby starts swooningly crooning and Fred Astaire starts tapping around the soundstage. This movie is chock full of Irving Berlin ditties and is as charming as it is cloyingly sappy. Rounding out the cast is Marjorie Reynolds, Virginia Dale and Walter Abel singing and dancing their hearts out, of course.

The hyper-colored lobby cards are a nod to the colorization of this film. It's one of those that has been painted to be extra purty - since most people won't bother watching if it's in black and white. That just means the tv is broken.  My favorite part of this movie is the drunken dance scene footed flawlessly by fabulous Fred. It went a little something like this...  click here.

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Monday
Jan022012

Fun and Fancy Free (1947)

Jiminy Cricket hosts this 1947 animated double feature dubbed "Fun and Fancy Free" with Mickey and company. Two shorts make up the film including the circus short "Bongo" and the main feature "Mickey and the Beanstalk". The show includes some live action sequences with Edgar Bergen and Dinah Shore along with the infamous puppet Mortimer Snerd.  This is obviously one of Walt Disney's lesser efforts as I've never heard of it in this form. I believe I had a re-release LP/book combo of Mickey and the Beanstalk sometime in the 70s. I loved those crazy records. 

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Monday
Jan022012

Lonelyhearts (1958) aka "Miss Lonelyheart"

Lately I've been more than a little obsessed with the lovely Myrna Loy. This 1958 fare, Lonelyhearts, Loy plays a browbeaten alcoholic with the smoldering Montgomery Clift as a manipulated newspaperman and introducing Maureen Stapleton as the requisite occupational distraction. Clift is an eager to please the boss and is assigned to write a column and becomes too deeply involved in the problems of his readers ultimately having to choose between his job loyalty and his girl. Stapleton was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for her debut performance in this interesting adaptation of 1938s Nathanael West's book and Howard Teichmann's play.  It also stars Dolores Hart, Robert Ryan and Jackie Coogan

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Monday
Jan022012

Sudan (1930s)

It's hard to remember that merely a generation or two (to me) ago, the majority of people travelled the world primarily through films and television available in their area. Pre-internet America relied on encyclopedias, news reels and exotic adventure movies to round out our fairly narrow world view.  This 1930s documentary by Foy Productions, Sudan, has very little information available about it. I'm guessing it documents the sociological changes that were happening on the continent at the time. The title card tagline reads, " The great love and stark drama of an Arab tribe fighting for its existence!".  Hey, if nothing else, it's got boobies!

 

Monday
Jan022012

Babes in Bagdad (1952)

The 1950s were much simpler times... we needn't be bothered to check the spelling of the movie's title. It's not like those folks way on the other side of the world would ever know and care, right? If you were ever wondering how we got messed up in the Middle East, I suspect it had as much to do with our blatant disregard for other cultures and peoples and places than it did with weapons of mass destruction.

Anyhoo, it was 1952 so let's pretend they're the Babes of Bagdad, Arizona, telling the story of a progressive harem standing up for their equal rights with the support of Paulette Goddard as an Arabian Nights princess. She teams up with the Caliph's godson and let's just say that -  Bets are on! The mere mention of monogamy may be enough for the Caliph when the cream of his harem crop is the campy Gypsy Rose Lee. James Boles plays the Caliph and Richard Ney the godson to round out this silly spoof. 

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Monday
Jan022012

Double Whoopee (1929)


One of the lost films of Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy, 1929's Double Whoopee features a young, nearly-naked, Jean Harlow who gets caught up in the hijinks that surround this classic comedy duo yukking it up as a couple of bellhops. Ah, there's nothing better than pre-code Hollywood, before it was sanitized for our collective protection. I must make mention that from here on, I'm only going to smoke cigarettes like the Prince of Persia. Now, hold our your hands so I can ash in them, you trash can you.

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Watch the entire short film below - it's pretty standard Laurel & Hardy fare. I mean what else do you have to do for the next 20 minutes besides be entertained and educated about a little piece of America's illustrious silent film history? Well now you have to watch it or you're just an uncultured schlub. Enjoy.

Monday
Jan022012

The Student Nurses (1970)

Roger Corman's new New World Studios produced its' first film in 1970, The Student Nurses. Above-average exploitation fare featuring Elaine Giftos, Karen Carlson, Brioni Farrell and Barbara Leigh is classic Corman. This set of 8 lobby cards features stills of the co-eds administering some rather gruesome medical procedures one day while lounging sexily in a meadow on another. Looks like this one is probably worth a look... if for no other reason than to watch the parade of seventies swagger and sexual stereotypes.

As the sign says "They're learning fast..."  Read more about the movie at IMDB.
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