Archive for the ‘Series: Photoplay It Again Dave’ Category

More fascinating stuff (or, at any rate, stuff that I find fascinating) from the Photoplay digital archive (this one’s from January 1935).

I guess the mid-1930s public was so accustomed to new technologies gutting the star system that they had begun to expect these purges as a matter of course. Personally, I’d love to see some alternate-reality Singin’ in the Rain about a world in which actors are winnowed out of the spotlight by their unsightly blemishes. (Of course, color-discrimination had been going on in Hollywood and everywhere else in America long before any new filmstrip processes were invented.)

The story continues here and here.

Turns out the article is actually more concerned with forcing readers to accept the idea that good films don’t have to be made in black and white…


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I’ve been having an obscene amount of fun with the Media History Digital Archive of Photoplay! I think I’ll start posting some of my fanzine findings here, between those colossal (in length and jpg usage, if nothing else) King Vidor posts (I should get to The Patsy later this week).

Today we  have a pair of potted reviews dealing with Helen Chandler (a personal tragic favourite of mine) releases from 1931.

First up: Bela Lugosi’s magnificent Hollywood breakthrough (although you’d never know it from this still and write-up). I’ll be talking about this one at length during the course of my Laemmle Jr. Universal series.

I guess vampires don’t cast their images in fanzines either?

And second, one of my favourite early 1930s romances, Jacques Feyder’s criminally underseen Daybreak.

“See it!”

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