Joel McCrea in a 1934 portrait by Ernest Bachrach
“That era provided a profusion of wonderful actors and actresses to admire—and not always the ones remembered by posterity. Take Joel McCrea, for instance, a real cowboy and a good actor who could excel in westerns like Union Pacific or The Virginian, but who was also wonderful in comedies like The Palm Beach Story for Preston Sturges—and comedy is the hardest thing an actor can do.”
― Robert Wagner, Pieces of My Heart: A Life
Vincent Price signing autographs (via Dracula’s House of Halloween)
Happy Birthday William Powell! | July 29, 1892 – March 5, 1984
I never enjoyed my work more than when I worked with William Powell. He was a brilliant actor, a delightful companion, a great friend and, above all, a true gentleman… He was and is a dear friend. - Myrna Loy
Composer John Philip Sousa, hands over his baton to Charlie Chaplin - 1916.
Though 27 years old, Charlie Chaplin looks like a teenager.
Harold Lloyd c. 1919
Photo by Albert Witzel (It was at this portrait sitting at the Witzel studios, and in a different pose that the infamous “prop” bomb exploded, landing Lloyd in the hospital and permanently injuring/disfiguring his right hand).
Buster Keaton ad and announcement - 1927.
Errol Flynn, photographed by Elmer Fryer, 1935.
Anton Walbrook by Ursula Richeter, 1928.
Happy Birthday Harry Langdon born June 15, 1884"The oddest thing about this whole funny business is that the public really want to laugh, but it’s the hardest thing in the world to make them do it."
"There should be a breathing spell between laughs, with a gradual development leading up to a laugh. A picture that is on laugh from start to finish becomes tedious. Relief is necessary."
"Most deliciously comic moments on the outside, are full of sad significance for those who realize the sinister characterization of the situation."
"I must be wretched, and consequently ludicrous. When I do a part in a film, I must really suffer. In my pictures I allow myself to be a victim of Fate. But a sort of Divine providence always carries me through."
-Harry’s unique take on comedy in his own words
Harold Lloyd with his daughter Gloria - October 28th, 1925
Happy Father’s Day!