Monday, 31 October 2016

Happy Halloween from Old Hollywood

Clara Bow in her Hollywood costume (1920s)

Here she is again in a different outfit (1930s)

 Esther Williams is ready to dive into Halloween

Jerry Lewis is right in the Halloween spirit, but Dean Martin doesn't look too pleased. Maybe he's more of a Christmas kind of guy.

Betty Grable reading spooky stories

Judy Garland also likes to read scary stories. Look how cute her little furry friend is. Black cats are my favorites. 

Cyd Charisse makes for a very classy witch. Also, is it me or do the pumpkins look like villains from a swashbuckling film?

Janet Leigh also choose to go as a sexy witch

Yet another witch, this time in the form of Colleen Moore

I think Veronica Lake wins on the witch department. She even has cauldrons!

Gloria Swanson, Marion Davies, Constance Bennett and Jean Harlow at a costume party hosted by Davies (early 1930s)

Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Mervyn LeRoy and William Randolph Hearst at another of Davies' lavish costume parties

Paulette Goddard in her cat costume (Paramount publicity still, 1939)

Myrna Loy in her vamp days (early 1930s)

Pinky Tomlin and his Paddy O'Day (1935) co-star Rita Hayworth (then known as Rita Cansino) at a Halloween party for Jackie Coogan in 1935

Joan Crawford and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. all dressed up for a costume party, probably another one of Davies' (early 1930s) 

A very young Ida Lupino looking slightly frightened by a Jack O'Lantern

I think Joan Crawford may have gotten a little carried away...

Fay Wray and Gary Cooper at a costume party in 1931

Here he is again with his his wife Veronica "Rocky" Balfe

Doris Day and her son Terry have just carved a pumpkin. I think it looks pretty good.

Linda Darnell received an invitation for a Halloween dance. What do you think she'll go as? Lolita from The Mark of Zorro (1940) is a good idea.


If you are looking for a good film to watch on Halloween, I recommend Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) and The Innocents (1961).

Happy Halloween, everyone!  

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