Showing posts with label Gloria Swanson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gloria Swanson. Show all posts

Monday, November 28, 2016

United Artists stars & producers gather to protest the Fox West Coast Theater monopoly, November 1930

"We'll show our pictures in tents!" they said.

L-R: Al Jolson, Mary Pickford, Ronald Colman, Gloria Swanson, Douglas Fairbanks, Joseph Schenck, Charlie, Samuel Goldwyn & Eddie Cantor.

Modern Screen, Feb. 1931. Click to enlarge.

What did Chaplin have to say?

Santa Cruz Evening News, Nov. 29, 1930

(City Lights premiered January 30th, 1931 at the newly constructed Los Angeles Theater.) 

Fox West Coast and United Artists eventually reached a compromise in August 1931. Read more about it here.

L-R: Douglas Fairbanks, Gloria Swanson, Mary Pickford, Chaplin

Monday, September 19, 2016

Chaplin and others at the premiere of THE GOLD RUSH, June 1925

This photo is currently up for sale on eBay.* It appears to be from the Hollywood premiere of The Gold Rush.

Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford are at far left with Gloria Swanson. I'm not sure who the women are on either side of Charlie. That might be Norma Talmadge at far right. Someone more knowledgable may be able to identify them. I think there is something a little fake-looking about this photo. The background looks airbrushed out. Or it could be a composite of individual photos from the premiere.


*The eBay seller lists Paulette Goddard as being in the photo. Of course, she is not. And the photo they include of the back is for a different picture.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Charlie and Gloria "give them something to talk about."


The photos in this post were taken by Katherine Hungerford, a photographer who spent 1922-23 in Hollywood taking pictures of movie stars for a lecture. In 1949, she wrote a book about her experience called Early Hollywood Crazy Quilt. The following is an excerpt from her book in which she describes taking these photos of Charlie & Gloria:
I stopped for lunch at Armstrong & Carleton, a popular movie star restaurant rendezvous. I had just started to order when Charlie Chaplin and Gloria Swanson came in and sat down at a table near my own. I could hardly taste my own food as I waited for them to finish their lunch. Then I boldly went over, introduced myself and showed them some of the pictures I had taken, especially of Mary and Doug. They seemed interested and enjoyed looking at the pictures.
Then I followed through with the punch line, ‘‘May I please have a picture of you two? ” And just to complicate things I had to ask them to go with me across the street where the sun was good, as I could only take snapshots. They were very obliging and followed me.
On the way over Gloria whispered to Charlie, “I don’t know whether it is wise for us to pose together.”
Charlie replied, “Oh, let’s give them something new to talk about.”   
Gloria had just returned from Paris with a new wardrobe costing $10,000. On the day I photographed her, she wore one of her new dresses, a lovely navy blue crepe and with this a small flower hat made of a lighter shade of blue flowers, which was most becoming. She had dainty feet and small hands. I had my black and white silk parasol with me for the California sun could be very hot at times, so I asked Gloria if she would like to hold the parasol. After taking her alone, I snapped a few of her with Charlie, but he was cutting up so, she could not keep a straight face. Nearby I saw a young boy leaning against his bicycle gaping at the performance, and I asked him to lend me the bike. Charlie took my parasol and got on the bicycle and I took some snaps like that. He acted like a youngster. By that time a large crowd had gathered and we all had lots of fun. I could hardly hold the camera still I was laughing so hard at Charlie’s antics. 
I finally said trying to sound most business-like, “Mr. Chaplin, you must remember I’m not taking moving pictures.”
Later on, I astonished Charlie’s publicity director by showing him these pictures. “How in the world did you manage to get them? ” he asked. “Charlie hardly ever poses for anyone.”
But I knew the secret lay in treating him like a person and not an actor. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

A Comedian In New York (1925), Part II: Charlie at the Ritz-Carlton

Taken August 4th, 1925

On the phone in suite #6251:

New York Times, Aug. 9, 1925

On the rooftop:

With Gloria Swanson
Chaplin and publicist Eddie Manson.

See other rooftop photos here and here.

Coming up in next week's edition of "A Comedian In New York (1925)": Who bit Charlie's lip?

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1Harrisburg Telegraph, August 14th, 1925.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Group photo of United Artists' stars, management, and crew, c.late 1920s

Charlie is in the middle between Marion Davies and Gloria Swanson. Adolphe Menjou is at far right.
In this closeup of the above photo you can see a few more familiar faces:
Mary Pickford at far left in the second row. D.W. Griffith second from right.
 Colleen Moore in front of Griffith & Harry Crocker in the front row.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Monday, January 28, 2013

Premiere of THE CIRCUS Party for Marion Davies, 1928


The above photo is often incorrectly labeled as having been taken at the premiere of either The Circus or City Lights. However it was actually taken at a welcome home party that was given for Marion Davies at the Ambassador Hotel following her return from Europe in October 1928.

Below is a group photo from the same event. Original photograph caption dated October 31,1928 reads: "Photo shows a distinguished group of filmland notables at a welcome party honoring Marion Davies, famous star just returned from a three-month trip abroad. Standing, left to right, Lorraine Eddy, Matt Moore, Aileen Pringle, Louis B. Mayer, Gloria Swanson, Harry d'Arrast, Miss Davies, Louella O. Parsons, Ricardo Cortez, Charlie Chaplin, Norma Shearer, Irving G. Thalberg, Harold Lloyd and Robert Z. Leonard. Seated in foreground are Harry Crocker, left, and William Haines. The French room of the Ambassador was transformed into likeness of a Parisian cafe for the surprise party greeting Miss Davies." (Los Angeles Herald-Examiner Collection)