The Loveseat of Terror

October 30, 2010 at 2:03 am (One Lil' Picture)

Leila Hyams just heard something go bump in the night.

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‘Tis the Season

October 29, 2010 at 3:23 am (One Lil' Picture)

Clara Bow’s ready for a Halloween party.

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Radio Killed the Megaphone Star

October 27, 2010 at 4:12 am (One Lil' Picture)

For a project like The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), with hundreds of extras and huge outdoor sets, a simple megaphone won’t do. Director Wallace Worsley gives orders by radio without having to shout.

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Megascope

October 21, 2010 at 5:09 am (One Lil' Picture)

No, it’s not an experimental wide-screen camera. This is just a gag photo to promote M-G-M’s Twelve Miles Out (1927). Click on the image to get a better look at director Jack Conway, cinematographer Ira Morgan, and stars John Gilbert and Joan Crawford.

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And the Retakes Are Murder

October 19, 2010 at 5:53 am (One Lil' Picture)

Good news: you’re the cinematographer for Erich von Stroheim’s next picture.

Bad news: it involves an Austrian volcano.

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My Son, the Savage

October 14, 2010 at 4:28 am (One Lil' Picture)

Ben Lyon’s mother visited her son on the set of The Savage (1926), the perfect opportunity for a publicity photo. Also appearing: the photographer… or at least his reflection.

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Wild About Harry

October 6, 2010 at 4:34 am (One Lil' Picture)

Photography students: what’s the best way to make a woman’s hands look freakishly huge? Put a midget on her lap. Harry Earles and Olga Baclanova demonstrate, between scenes of (you guessed it) Freaks (1932).

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Assume the Position

September 29, 2010 at 2:41 am (One Lil' Picture)

If Joan Crawford and Dorothy Sebastian aren’t careful, they’ll develop a reputation around M-G-M for being… what’s the word… limber. That’s it. Limber.

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Crate Expectations

September 24, 2010 at 4:36 am (One Lil' Picture)

The plan was to get himself delivered to the studio, pop out of the box, charm everyone with a snappy tap dance, and get himself a movie contract. It seemed like a good idea at the time. June 1929. (Click on the image to enlarge it.)

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The Ol’ Innocent Look

September 22, 2010 at 2:01 am (One Lil' Picture)

Doing their best to prove that Hollywood isn’t actually a dissolute swamp of moral corruption are Louise Brooks, Nancy Phillips, James Hall, Doris Hill and Josephine Dunn, somewhere on the Paramount back lot in 1927.

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