I knew it would be a daring dress but this is a little ridiculous.
Vietnamese actress Mei Chen, aka Mei Chen Chalais, tries on a dress and immediately realizes her designer got her request for a plunging neckline confused. Chen isn't well known today, but she'll always have a place in our hearts for her lost world film Luana. And this crazy dress. The photo is from 1968 and first appeared in the magazine Girl Illustrated.
I'll give you one more chance to get it right. It's spelled without a “y” but pronounced like there is one.
Bette Davis was born with the first name Ruth, but nicknamed Betty from childhood. As an actress she changed the spelling to Bette after Honoré de Balzac's La Cousine Bette, and people mangled the pronunciation routinely until she became a huge star. Speaking of letters, this promo photo is from her 1940 drama The Letter, based on a play by W. Somerset Maugham. Remember how we talked about how outward looking Hollywood was during its golden period, how it set so many films in exotic corners of the world? The Letter is another prime example. It's set on a rubber plantation in Malaya. Thanks largely to Davis's golden touch the film was nominated for numerous Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Score. It won nothing, but we assume the film is good anyway. We'll watch it and report back.
Don't let the smile fool you—that's just acting. This is painful as hell.
This unusual balancing act on a pommel horse shows U.S. actress Margaret Lee, and we can't help but wonder how many times she toppled off this thing. Well, they say if you fall off just get right back on, and presumably she did. This is the first Margaret Lee, by the way. There have been other—presumably far less flexible—actresses with the same name. Her career consisted almost entirely of short features and uncredited roles, with her finale coming in 1946's Of Human Bondage. The shot is from Universal International Pictures and was photographed by famed lensman Ray Jones. Though it's undated we'll take a guess when it was made—call it 1930.
Bisset holds all the cards.
English actress Jacqueline Bisset peeks out from behind the suits of a card deck in this striking promo image made sometime during the late 1960s. A different photo from the session was used for the cover of Italian publisher Garzanti's 1970 release of 007 Casinò royal, which you see here as well. Bisset was born as Winifred (ouch!) Bisset in 1944 and made a name for herself in such impactful films as Bullitt, Murder on the Orient Express, The Deep, and Casino Royale. You could include efforts like Under the Volcano, The Man from Acapulco, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, and Two for the Road in the aforementioned list. All told, Bisset seems a bit under-appreciated considering her filmography, but not by us.
Can you keep a secret? I'm way ahead of my time.
Above is a fantastically beautiful Serge Jacques photo of Belgian actress and model Dominique Wilms that dates from the early 1950s. Wilms appeared in films such as Poison Ivy, Banco à Bangkok pour OSS 117, and Les femmes s'en balancent, aka Dames Don't Care. Looks like Dom don't care either, as this is a very provocative nude for a working actress of the 1950s. Just a glimpse of pubic hair was enough to get photographers and vendors sent to prison, even in France, where Jacques was based. The shot surfaced years after it was made, we suspect, and we should rejoice that it saw the light of day, because daring Dominique is all that and a box of hot tamales.
When it comes to fashion she doesn't clown around.
Is there such a thing as too many dots? French actress Leslie Caron tests the limits in the beachy 1965 promo photo at top. A polkadot bikini, we can all probably agree, is cute. But a polkadot bikini with a floppy polkadot hat? Is she possibly violating the dot density rule where the oh so fragile line into clown territory is crossed?
Not that we're fashion gurus, but we think this hat is definitely too garish to look good on most women, at least outside of the Belmont Stakes. Admit it—if your wife, girlfriend or friend were to wear it on the beach you'd be hoping a gust of wind would rip it off her head and carry it into the ocean to be eaten by a moray eel. But on Caron? There's no dotted line to cross—she actually makes this look nice, which is what movie stars do.
You'll also notice this appears to be the world's most versatile hat, because she not only goes for a dip in it, but later pairs it with a high-necked, sleeveless polkadot top—another item you'd be hoping would end up in the ocean if a woman you knew wore it. Well, that's fashion—a thing the Carons of the world can wear and hungry eels don't even come to mind. You can see an interesting National Enquirer cover of her hatless and dotless at this link.
Oh, nothing. Just peeking through the blinds at lesser mortals. And you?
This is one of the most popular shots ever made of one of the most popular Hollywood figures ever. We usually do rarities here, but we make occasional exceptions. Not a lot more to be said about an image this great. Hepburn is eternal.
There's not even the slightest glimmer of hope.
Virginia Christine prepares to ventilate someone's cranium in this crop of a promo photo made for her 1947 film noir The Invisible Wall. We haven't watched this yet, but we will, because we have a copy of this flick in some hard drive or other. You probably haven't heard of Christine, but she had a fantastic career during which she appeared in about fifty films and numerous television shows, moving constantly between the two realms like few performers have ever managed. Some of her cinematic highlights include Robert Siodmak's The Killers, Jack Webb's Dragnet, Sam Newfield's Murder Is My Business, and Don Siegel's Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The full version of the above shot, which includes her blissfully sleeping target, appears below.
Her role is shrouded in mystery.
This photo shows U.S. actress Margaret Lindsay in femme fatale mode, dressed in black, brandishing a pistol, and looking to make a widow or two if anyone gives her a hard time. This image has appeared online for several years, but always with the film it was made to promote unattributed. We thought we'd be able to help there via a little research, but we were thwarted. Lindsay made many films, and at least twenty fit the bill for a promo like this, including G Men, Lady Killer, Private Detective 62, Fog Over Frisco, and Scarlet Street. We then turned to image manipulation, which we used to pull out the otherwise invisible bits of text, and it looks like it says “© C.P. Corp. E.O cor-5-8.” Aha! That tells us, er, absolutely dick. Well, maybe one of you can decode it.
Priceless treasure washes up on local beach.
Serbian actress Beba Lončar doesn't care how rocky this beach is—she intends to enjoy the sun. With that kind of dedication no wonder she's golden all over. Lončar was a brunette for much of her career, such as in this photo we shared a while back, but blonde works fine too. The shot was made in 1963 when she was filming the adventure The Long Ships, and it's the second time we've seen it. It was also used in a 1965 issue of the tabloid Uncensored we shared back in 2015. |
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