Bette Davis  and Richard Travis ( looking a little like Robert Cummings) at Warner Brothers for  THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER.

Love Bette’s outsize handkerchief.

No offence to Richard Travis, but I’m still wondering how he got cast in this big budget film.


John Payne, Jane Wyman, 1942 selling war bonds in North Carolina


Barbara Stanwyck, Claudette Colbert

Great snap of the two stars. Wonder what the occasion was.


Quite a threesome. Norma Shearer, Ida Lupino and Mary Pickford.



Joan Crawford

Love this shot of Joan. She looks so tanned – and slim. Was she posing for a fan?


Barbara Stanwyck

Looks like Barbara may be holding her script.


Fred Astaire

Fred at the races, one of his favourite sports.


Spencer Tracy

Maybe smart-casual.



Lana Turner

A young Lana. Has she been playing tennis?


Judy Garland

An even younger Judy.

2 responses »

  1. Always interesting to see stars off duty. Imagine being able to wait at MGM or Warner’s for autographs. Richard Travis had an unsophisticated personality which was just right for the young reporter in Man who Came To Dinner. He is not quite tough enough for the low budget noirs he did later in his career.

  2. Yes indeed, Jim. That would be amazing!
    Still think it’s a big leap for Travis to go from an uncredited part in The Bride Came C.O.D in 1941 to playing Bette Davis’ love interest a year later. I just thought Bette might have wanted someone more well known. Though his role was relatively small.
    I’d like to see his 1947 film Jewels of Brandenburg, a Sol Wurtzel film .

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