Photoplay Magazine – April 1930

Into the Wayback Machine! Here’s another wonderful Earl Christy portrait on the cover.

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Holy Christmas! Does this psychologist understand the Entertainment Business at all?!? The reason that “every conceivable obstacle is portrayed and solved, simply and successfully”is because a writer concocted that obstacle and that solution. It’s not how real life works!

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This month’s lovely photo – Lillian Gish.

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Lessons in writing (specifically, songwriting)!

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Another painful lesson in writing:

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Bad Ad Dept.

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 8.04.30 PM.png      Canoe-bial?!  Oh no you dint!

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 8.03.44 PM.png  “Odorono”?! Someone stayed up all night thinkin’ up THAT name.

Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 8.05.35 PM.png Rusty spots?! What is she  – the Tin Man’s wife? Also, I have a sneaking suspicion  that someone dotted the “before” picture with a pencil. What say you?

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And this is my favorite. “Getting fat will make you unattractive. Get lung cancer instead!”

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New Hollywood Faces! (It’s elementary – he’ll never last.)

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Check it out. See the resemblance?!

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To close, here’s an insider joke. Seems they’ve been making fun of studio execs for 86 years!

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Hasta!

 

 

 

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Photoplay Magazine – March 1930

Here we go again – 86 years into the Hollywood past!

I’m not a Joan Crawford fan, but this is a nice cover.

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Not only were silent films being phased out, but color was creeping into the mainstay.Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 5.19.57 PM.png

Couldn’t tell you who Lawrence Tibet was, but was surprised to see Mr. Laurel and Mr. Hardy in this ad. Also, directed by Lionel Barrymore. Anyone ever seen this?Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 5.22.33 PM.png

Here’s a pressing question….Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 5.24.11 PM.jpg

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Yipes!

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Up-to-the-minute Chaplin news.

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Edwina Booth was an American actress. She is best known for the 1931 film Trader Horn, during the filming of which she contracted an illness which effectively ruined her movie career. Here be the story:

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Keystone reunion:

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No matter how fancy the art or the ad layout… your product is still called “Spud.”Screen Shot 2016-03-29 at 5.36.20 PM.png

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Move over, Brown Derby.

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Here are some new Hollywood faces. Jack Benny (spent over 60 years in the Biz) and William Boyd (who managed to do more than just two seasons – he was Hopalong Cassidy for two decades!)

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Anyone know which Chase film this is?

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And finally the SECOND weirdest question in this issue:

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See ya next month!