Poison Pen

January 28, 2011 at 7:00 am (One Lil' Picture)

When I posted a few of Louise Brooks’ letters a while back, I decided against posting this one. I thought it was just too mean, too angry.

And it is. But what the hell, take a look.

The first paragraph refers to the autobiographical novel she labored over for years, before she finally destroyed it—-  and despite her expressed intentions here, she didn’t get far in re-writing it.

The furious blast of ill wind gusting through the third paragraph is directed at James Card, film archivist at the George Eastman House, who more than anyone else prompted Brooks’ rediscovery.

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A Bumpy Ride

January 26, 2011 at 5:41 am (One Lil' Picture)

The St. Louis Airport, June 1941.

Norma Shearer (center) is all smiles, and Mary Pickford (left) musters one of her own. A decade earlier, Mary’s storybook marriage to the dashing Douglas Fairbanks was hanging by a thread when he met Sylvia Ashley-Cooper, a former lingerie model who’d married her way into society. She’d discarded her husband when she met Fairbanks.

So began an affair, and in due course Mary filed for a divorce from the love of her life. He and Sylvia later married.

You’re way ahead of me.  Yep, that’s Sylvia on the right. You can imagine how Mary felt, having to share a long flight in a small plane with the last person on Earth she’d want to see.

On top of that, the press boys wanted a photo, but Mary was enough of a trouper to deliver the appropriate performance.

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– – – Christopher Snowden

 

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Betty Bronson Knows How to Sell a Movie

January 20, 2011 at 6:03 am (One Lil' Picture)

If you’d sent a fan letter to Betty Bronson in 1926-27, you got a little photo in return, along with this letter.

Bad news, spanking enthusiasts: Ritzy is a lost film.

Worse news, Betty Bronson fans: the other two films are lost as well.

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(letter from the Rob McKay collection)

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Moon Shot

January 12, 2011 at 8:12 am (One Lil' Picture)

I had the idea of taking iconic film stills (or historical photographs), and Keatonizing them just for fun. After all, it’s Buster’s world… we just live in it.

Anyway, I thought this one turned out pretty well.

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– – – Christopher Snowden

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Stepping Out

January 5, 2011 at 6:10 am (One Lil' Picture)

Margaret Livingston, in a stylish ensemble with matching monkey.

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Brent vs. Brooks

December 29, 2010 at 6:56 am (One Lil' Picture)

A potent pose-down! Facing off in a glamour grudge match are the Paramount powerhouses Louise Brooks and Evelyn Brent.

Brooks is the local favorite, but she’s outmatched by the challenger. Half-hidden behind that veil, and without her trademark bangs, Louise just can’t beat Evelyn’s arresting intensity.

The decision: Brent, a technical knock-out.

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Counting Down the Days

December 16, 2010 at 5:50 am (One Lil' Picture)

Our Gang’s future Miss Crabtree with a timely update.

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True Heart Susie Asks…

December 8, 2010 at 5:17 am (One Lil' Picture)

Yes.

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Heaven’s Nickelodeon

December 1, 2010 at 5:54 am (One Lil' Picture)

Advertisement postcard, 1912.

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Kiss Me, My Gullible Fool

November 17, 2010 at 5:36 am (One Lil' Picture)

Careful, film history buffs. This 1916 bio of Theda Bara might have a falsehood in it. Or two. Or three. Or…

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