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Celebrating 14 Years of BOE: 2004  2018

 

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8/15/18

 

MAGAZINES:

Cine-Romanzo (Italy): Three covers from 1930 (February, July, October).

Hele Verden (Denmark?): 1933 with Robert Montgomery.

Motion Picture (US): 1975 with Bette Davis: "Hollywood's Blazing Feuds."

Uge-Revyen (Denmark): 1950.

 

LETTERS:

1952:  To a fan with thanks for clippings, plus news of kids and travel.

1963:  To Business Week LA Chief re problems with an upcoming photo shoot. (See also this 1963 Photos page from the 8/07/18 update below for pictures from the shoot.)

1964:  To a trailer-park fan ("Heavy") with thanks for get-well wishes.

1968:  To a fan with thanks for Berserk and Lucy Show appreciation.

 

 

 

 

 


 

8/13/18

 

MAGAZINES:  Intro photo spread for the 1975 Photoplay article, "At Last! I'm Finally Living the Life I Want!" Joan speaks frankly near the end of her life.

 

TELEVISION:  A small newspaper ad for Joan's 1970 appearance on TV's The Virginian.

 

PHOTOS:

1969:  Night Gallery -- Bigger, better replacements one (with director Steven Spielberg), two (with Spielberg), and three. Plus a new color screen shot.

1970:  

A color screen shot from Trog.

Color with Tim Conway on the Tim Conway Comedy Hour in the "Lillian Abbott: Superstar!" sketch (thanks to James Bruce). 

 

 

 

 

 


 

8/12/18

 

RECORDINGS:  Added front/back cover photos, info, and a review for the 1963 soundtrack of The Caretakers, composed by Elmer Bernstein.

 

FILMS:  A UK quad double-feature poster featuring Berserk and Torture Garden.

 

1968 PHOTOS:

Bigger, better replacements for Berserk color screen shots, one and two.

A color screen shot from The Lucy Show with Lucille Ball.

 

 

 

 


 

8/07/18

 

PHOTOS:

 

1953:  Candid with Cesar Romero (includes press caption).

1955:  Queen Bee photo-artwork with John Ireland.

1956:  In London with Norman Wisdom and Belinda Lee.

1963:  Publicity at home, shot for Business Week -- one (includes terse letter prior to shoot, and press caption), two, and three.

1964:  On the set of Strait-Jacket with Vicki Cos (young Carole Harbin).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

8/05/18

 

MAGAZINES:  A 1945 French cover of Noir et Blanc.

 

PHOTOS:

1940:  Fashion photograph by George Hoyningen-Huene, with dress design by Jo Copeland.

1945:  With Dorothy Kilgallen at the Stork Club (thanks to Vincent Estrada).

1946:  A film still from Humoresque with John Garfield and Oscar Levant.

1952:

This Woman Is Dangerous -- Bigger, better replacements one (still with David Brian and Mari Aldon) and two (publicity with Dennis Morgan).

Sudden Fear -- Candid on the set with director Miller, editor, and Bruce Bennett (includes press caption); and candid on location with Jack Palance trying to spot Alcatraz (includes press caption).

 

 

 

 


 

8/03/18

 

FILMS:  The Shining Hour:  A Bulgarian poster; and eight bigger, better US lobby cards.

 

PHOTOS:

 

1937:  Publicity for Mannequin (includes press caption describing outfit).

1939:  On the set of The Women with designer Adrian (bigger, better replacement).

1942:

They All Kissed the Bride -- A film still with Helen Parrish.

Reunion in France -- A film still with Philip Dorn (includes press caption).

1946:  Wardrobe test shot for Humoresque.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

8/01/18

 

FILMS:  A promo ad for The Gorgeous Hussy.

 

PHOTOS:

 

1931:  This Modern Age -- A film still with Pauline Frederick.

1933:  Dancing Lady --  Bigger, better replacements on the set with Ted Healy and His Stooges, one and two.

1935:  No More Ladies -- A film still with Edna May Oliver.

1936:  

The Gorgeous Hussy -- Publicity with Robert Taylor.

Love on the Run -- Vintage colorized publicity by Hurrell.

 

 

 

 

EVENTS REMINDER:  From today through October 9, BFI Southbank will host Fierce: The Untameable Joan Crawford, a retrospective of 20 Joan films. Saturday August 4 features "a special event – An Afternoon with Joan Crawford – which will explore the many faces of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars through a series of illustrated talks. We’ll look at her origins as the original ‘it girl’ and flapper superstar, to the much-parodied larger-than-life figure that has permeated films, TV series and books."

 

 

 


 

7/30/18

 

MAGAZINES:

 

Le Film Complet (France):  November 1938. The Bride Wore Red cover.

Levande Livet (Sweden): 1934.

Movie Life (US):  December 1937.

Moving Picture Stories (US):  February 1931 and January 1932.

New Movie Album: A New Who's Who of the Screen (US):  October 1930.

Screen Romances (US):  February 1931.

TV Magazine (US weekly newspaper supplement):  January 4, 1970. Interview re The Virginian and favorite TV shows.

Variety (US):  "Our Beloved Friend" tribute ads from 1981 and 1982 (added to page already presenting ads from '77 and '84).

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

7/28/18

 

FANS:  Thanks to James Bruce for these photos of the afghan his mother crocheted for him from the 1972 Lady's Circle Joan Crawford pattern.

 

FILMS:

A title screen shot from The Unknown.

A movie poster and five lobby cards from Hollywood Revue of 1929.

Sheet music from Untamed.

 

PHOTOS:

1928:  Publicity for Dream of Love shot by Ruth Harriet Louise.

1929:

Hollywood Revue of 1929 -- Three screen shots from Joan's dance number.

Our Modern Maidens -- A film still with Rod La Rocque (includes press caption).

Untamed -- Three screen shots with Robert Montgomery.

 

 


 

7/26/18

 

COLLECTIBLES (GENERAL):  Joan masks -- By Doane Powell (unknown '30s; includes link to info on Powell's work), and a life mask from 1970 (artist unknown).

 

COLLECTIBLES (PERSONAL):  A 1976 William Morris Agency check to Joan, with her signed endorsement on back.

 

PHOTOS:

1962:  What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? A film still (with press caption).

1966:  Tea with Prime Minister Wilson and wife at 10 Downing St.; and three screen shots from a BBC TV interview.

1968:  Small screen shot with Jerry Lewis from his telethon.

1970:  Trog screen shots one, two, and three.

1973:  At NYC's Town Hall with John Springer.

 

 

 

 

 


 

7/24/18

 

COLLECTIBLES:  A 2018 polymer clay figurine of Torch Song Joan by Bob Powley.

 

PHOTOS:

 

1955:  Queen Bee -- A film still with Lucy Marlow, and a publicity shot with birthday cake and flowers.

1959:  Bigger, better replacements for publicity by Eve Arnold -- one (on the phone in underwear and hat) and two (on the phone fully clothed).

1961:  Publicity shots for the Miss America pageant -- one, two, and three.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

7/23/18

 

ENCYCLOPEDIA: India Adams -- Added a photo, quote, and links for the singer who dubbed Joan in Torch Song.

 

PHOTOS:

 

1950:  Candid with Christina.

1953:  Torch Song

"Blackface" (actually "South Seas") color screen shots, one and two (five replacements added to already existing page, plus two links to articles).

On the set with Pier Angeli and Cliquot (bigger, better replacement and new press caption).

1954:  A still from NBC's "Road to Edinburgh" with Charles Drake (includes press caption).

 

 

 

 

 


 

7/21/18

 

1950 PHOTOS: The Damned Don't Cry

Screen shots + a still (some on new pages, some bonuses to already-existing pages)

 

One and two (with kid)

Smoking with Kent Smith

Two shots on the street at car window

Closeup with David Brian

Two with Brian and hat flowers

Screen shot and still with Smith in car

At a nightclub

Two shots with sunglasses in car

Two shots: Solo, and with Smith and Brian

With Smith: "I'm no good for you..."

With Steve Cochran at club

Two shots: Solo, and with Cochran

 

 

 

 

 


 

7/19/18

 

FILMS:

Title screen shots for the Mildred Pierce, Humoresque, and Damned Don't Cry pages.

A promo card for Damned.

 

PHOTOS:

1947:  Daisy Kenyon -- Film stills one (with Henry Fonda), two, and three (testifying).

1949:  Publicity for Flamingo Road.

1950:  Publicity kissing a Marine in Los Angeles (includes press caption).

 

 

 

 

 


 

7/18/18

 

PHOTOS:

 

1937:  A film still from The Last of Mrs. Cheyney with William Powell.

1940:  Strange Cargo -- Publicity by Laszlo Willinger with Clark Gable: a signed print and a bigger, better replacement. Plus a new screen shot.

1942:  Reunion in France -- A bigger, better replacement with new press caption.

1946:  Humoresque -- On the set one (John Garfield cake with cast and crew) and two (beach scene with Garfield and crew), and a final film still on the beach.

 

 

 

 

EVENTS:  From August 1 through October 9, BFI Southbank will host Fierce: The Untameable Joan Crawford, a retrospective of 20 Joan films. August 4 will offer "a special event – An Afternoon with Joan Crawford – which will explore the many faces of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars through a series of illustrated talks. We’ll look at her origins as the original ‘it girl’ and flapper superstar, to the much-parodied larger-than-life figure that has permeated films, TV series and books."

 

 

 


 

7/16/18

 

TV:  Joan as she appeared via cathode tube during Philo T. Farnsworth's first public (1934) demonstration of his new invention.

 

ENCYCLOPEDIA: Philo T. Farnsworth -- Added a new entry with photo and links for this TV pioneer whose first public demonstration of his invention was a 1934 broadcast of Joan's image.

 

PHOTOS:

1931:  A film still from Laughing Sinners.

1932:  A film still from Grand Hotel with Edward Biby and Murray Kinnell.

1935:

Publicity for No More Ladies.

A film still from I Live My Life with Brian Aherne.

1937:  Screen shots from The Bride Wore Red, one and two.

 

 

 

 


 

7/15/18

 

PHOTOS:

 

1925:  MGM exercise publicity.

1927:  A film still from The Unknown.

1929:  A film still from Our Modern Maidens (bigger addition to page).

1930:

Publicity with husband Doug Fairbanks, Jr., and pet Scottie.

Five screen shots from Our Blushing Brides (culled from ithankyouarthur.blogspot.com): one (with Anita Page and Dorothy Sebastian), two (with Page), three (showing off her strut), four (with Robert Montgomery), and five.

 

 

 

 

 

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BFI Southbank

August 1 through October 9

 

From August 1 through October 9, BFI Southbank will host Fierce: The Untameable Joan Crawford, a retrospective of 20 Joan films. August 4 will feature "a special event – An Afternoon with Joan Crawford – which will explore the many faces of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars through a series of illustrated talks. We’ll look at her origins as the original ‘it girl’ and flapper superstar, to the much-parodied larger-than-life figure that has permeated films, TV series and books."

 

 

 


 

TCM's "Summer Under the Stars"

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