JEAN ARTHUR.Carmel 1988 . Photo by Roddy McDowall

A rare photo of Jean Arthur, aged 88. She died in 1991.


Robert Montgomery , Audrey Totter.LADY IN THE LAKE.

Wonder what it would have been like if they had made a conventional version – more of Robert Montgomery for a start.



Edward Everett Horton, Josephine Hull, Jean Adair.ARSENIC AND OLD LACE

Dont drink!


Too easy.  Whose hands?


Van Heflin, Cornel Wilde, Fred MacMurray, Clifton  Webb. A WOMAN’S WORLD.

It’s “A Woman’s World” and here are their men.  Who gets the job?


Joan Fontaine checks her hair, Robert Taylor checks his nails.





Crime doesn’t pay, not when Barbara Stanwyck is involved.

Neff reveals all.


Jack Warner has won an award, not sure what for but Virginia Mayo and Randolph Scott are on hand for congratulations.


Lyle Bettger, Barbara Stanwyck. NO MAN OF HER OWN.

Dont mess with me, I’m Lyle Bettger.”



Changes. Before and after.

Biggest changes are surely Joan and Myrna.



William Powell, Myrna Loy.

1936. Grauman’s. Cool footwear.


Bette Davis

Casual wear. 1939 , photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt.

13 responses »

  1. Omigosh, Vienna, this is the best Photo Mix yet! So much to comment on! First off, how can Cary Grant even have handsome hands?!?! I love that picture of Jean Arthur, and love that it was taken by Roddy McDowall. The shoes that Powell and Loy have on are hilarious. In the befores and afters, Jean Arhur is another big change. I want that entire outfit that Bette Davis has on, including the bag. And, finally, I still have not seen Arsenic and Old Lace. I’ve been trying to get through it for years, and tried again the other night (but I was in bed and went to sleep). I am determined to watch the whole thing before this year is out!

    Great job with these — loved them!

    • Nope, not Cary Grant’s hands! Arsenic and Old Lace is a lot of fun.
      Bill Powell and Myrna Loy wore the enormous clown shoes as a joke on Sid Grauman.
      Glad you liked the pics.

  2. Could the strange shoes Bill and Myrna are wearing, have to do somehow with leaving their footprints in cement at that theatre? Unless they meant them as a joke, I can think of no explanation for such shoes.

  3. Those are James Mason’s hands surely?

    I recently saw Woman’s World for the first time and was very pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable it was. Negulesco was incredibly versatile, wasn’t he?

    • Yes, James Mason as Vandamm reading the note from Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint). Poor Thornhill, they’re all agin him! NORTH BY NORTHWEST.
      Jean Negulesco certainly did a variety of movies, from River of No Return, Road House, Johnny Belinda, Daddy Long Legs.
      I liked the all star cast in Woman’s World.

  4. If I’m not mistaken, Warner is holding a Golden Globe.
    Looking at Internet Movie Database, he won one GG, 1956 deMille (lifetime achievement).

    Guessing then, that the two big stars are just providing some glamour for the photo, because I believe the only movie they made together was 1959’s Westbound, a desultory western notable only because they were in it.

    Love the portrait of Jean Arthur!!

  5. Thanks for info. . I agree “Westbound” wasn’t very good, Virginia Mayo was wasted.
    Glad you liked that Roddy McDowell portrait of Jean Arthur.

  6. Vienna, what a wonderful mix of photographs. Looking and savoring them is so enjoyable. I really like the photo’s of Jean Arthur and Bette Davis. Fact is, I like them all.

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