Colin Clive & Boris Karloff on the set of Bride of Frankenstein (1935, dir. James Whale) (via)
Chris Connor - I Wish You Love
Poster art: Batiste Madalena edition (via)
Up until the 1950s, many movie theaters rejected the mass-produced, lithographed film posters designed and distributed by Hollywood studios in favor of original, hand-painted posters created by local artists.
During the 1920s, Batiste Madalena was the resident artist at the Eastman Theatre in Rochester, NY., where he designed and hand-painted about eight original posters per week. Madalena, who is considered the greatest poster painter of the period, was given full artistic control, with the only directive from his boss being that the posters had to be clearly visible to passengers on passing trolley cars.
More examples of Madalena’s work here.
Edward Ward - Lullaby of the Bells (Phantom of the Opera: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The Boswell Sisters - If I Had a Million Dollars
Bogie & Bacall with the B17 “Hell’s Angels” of the 303rd Bombardment Group during the war bond tour (1944) (via)
Isaac Hayes - Theme from Shaft (Shaft: Music from the Soundtrack)
Can you dig it?
Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator (1940, dir. Charlie Chaplin) (via)
“Had I known of the actual horrors of Nazi concentration camps, I could not have made The Great Dictator. I wanted to ridicule their mystic bilge about a pure-blooded race. The English office at United Artists were against my making an anti-Hitler film - until the war had started.”
-Chaplin, quoted in My Life in Pictures (1974)