Monthly Archives: May 2010

naming names

Sterling Hayden testifying before the Un-American Activities Committee. Joining the Communist Party, he said, “was the stupidest, most ignorant thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

Jack L. Warner, executive producer of Warner Brothers, giving evidence at the 1947 hearings.

Nine of the “Hollywood Ten”, photographed at the time of their surrender to the court. Left to right: Adrian Scott, Edward Dmytryk, Samuel Ornitz, Lester Cole, Herbert Biberman, Albert Maltz, Alvah Bessie, John Howard Lawson, Ring Lardner Jr.

1950: Dalton Trumbo and John Howard Lawson, two of the Hollywood Ten, leaving a New York station.

Hollywood delegation arriving in Washington to observe the 1947 hearings of the House Committee. Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall lead the marchers; behind them (left to right): Larry Adler, Richard Conte, Paul Henreid, June Havoc, Danny Kaye.

garbo, keaton

Back row: King Vidor (wearing tennis visor), Beatrice Lillie.

Standing: in the centre, Mrs. Talmadge, Greta Garbo and Nicholas Schenck, and, on the right, Norma Shearer.

Seated: Hal Roach, Natalie Talmadge, Eddie Mannix, Constance Talmadge, Buster Keaton, Paul Bern, Irving Thalberg.

Reclining: John Gilbert.

At San Simeon. Circa 1927.

(Side note: the last 10 or so posts were intentionally more minimalist than usual—an exercise in palate cleansing. Thanks for your patience and after today its back to your regularly scheduled programming. Please enjoy.)

dennis hopper’s dead

Dennis Hopper dead at age 74. Obit here.

Hopper and Captain America in Hopper’s Easy Rider. 1969.

peter lorre

Peter Lorre, Marco Tulli and Ivor Barnard.

Robert Morley, Ivor Barnard, Marco Tulli and Peter Lorre in Beat the Devil. Huston. 1953.



Audrey Hepburn (and Gregory Peck in the back there) in Roman Holiday. Wyler. 1953.


Katharine Hepburn wearing a moth suit in Christopher Strong. Dorothy Arzner. 1933.

emperor norton

His Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.

murry wilson

Murry Wilson, a man of many moods who for some reason Capitol Records allowed to record one album in 1967.