Friday, February 24, 2012

Oscar Fever!

Lana Turner, August 1944

Are you feelin' it?  Do you have Oscar Fever?  :D

Rita Hayworth and Glen Ford,
November 1948
Brian and I are big movie buffs.  Every year, right around Oscar nomination time, we make a list of movies and shorts that we want to see.  We haven't seen many of the nominations yet but that's because some of them aren't even playing in our theater (we only have two theaters in Fondy; one with 8 screens and the other with two).  Sometimes movies will be shown AFTER they win Oscars - like "The Artist".  And even then it's a big "maybe".  Thank goodness for Redbox, Netflix, and my fave, the FREE rentals at our library!  :D

Check out these old "Movie Story" and "Modern Screen" magazines from the Forties that I got from my friend Suze - aren't they a hoot?  When one peruses these periodicals, it becomes very apparent how fleeting fame is.  Half of the people mentioned in these magazines are a mystery.  It could be my age, or it could be that they had their 15 minutes and disappeared forever.  It always makes me wonder who amongst the latest crop of movie stars will be all but forgotten in 2080?  :D

Case in point - I've never heard of half of the people in this "Sensations of 1945" revue.  I had to "IMDB" them (I always use that as a verb now!) to find out who they were, because of course the article just assumes that the reader would know.  And I'm sure in August of 1944 they did know, or were about to find out. Because I love Big Band music, I know who Woody Hermans and Cab Calloway are.  I've heard of Eleanor Powell, W.C. Fields (of course) and Sophie Tucker.  But Dennis O'Keefe?  Dorothy Donegan?  Eugene Pallette?  Not a clue.

So, while you're watching the Academy Awards this Sunday, write a short list of actors and actresses who you think will never be heard from again.  Keep it in a drawer and forget about it until 2032.  Read it again and see how right (or wrong!) you were.  Won't that be fun?  :D

Here's an ATC I did of silent movie star Richard Barthlemess.  It's from a 1927 newspaper ad.  He was a handsome devil, wasn't he?  Like so many of the silent movie stars, I'd never heard of him until I saw him in the vintage paper.  He must've been very popular because he was in at least three of the movies advertised on the page!


  1. I can't get over how Glenn Ford looks in that one magazine cover. I always picture him in my head as a father figure, an upstanding older citizen. ... But in that shot he looks like he's ready for a rumble (or something else, heh heh) as a member of the Sharks or Jets.

    1. I always feel like I'm entering a time warp when I read these old magazines, Chris! It's so bizarre to see younger versions of Bob Hope, or Cary Grant, or Jimmy Stewart in their "natural settings", not as a retrospective. It certainly makes the passage of time seem more relevant!