Movie-Star Portraits of the Forties: 163 Glamor Photos

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The Hollywood of the Forties brings many images to mind. Do you remember the most famous pinup of them all? Betty Grable smiling at you all through World War II. The original sweater girl, Lana Turner. Rita Hayworth in all her glory. The stunning and statuesque Ava Gardner. A defiant, scantily clad Jane Russell standing near the hay. Bogart, Garfield, Kirk Douglas, Judy Garland. The brooding Robert Mitchum, the brute power of Burt Lancaster, the alienated Montgomery Clift, the animal menace of Marlon Brando. And...
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Overview


The Hollywood of the Forties brings many images to mind. Do you remember the most famous pinup of them all? Betty Grable smiling at you all through World War II. The original sweater girl, Lana Turner. Rita Hayworth in all her glory. The stunning and statuesque Ava Gardner. A defiant, scantily clad Jane Russell standing near the hay. Bogart, Garfield, Kirk Douglas, Judy Garland. The brooding Robert Mitchum, the brute power of Burt Lancaster, the alienated Montgomery Clift, the animal menace of Marlon Brando. And perhaps the last of the studio pinups, the fragile and beautiful Marilyn Monroe. These flesh and blood fantasies, and many others, are here — 106 stars in 163 full-page glamour photos by 24 leading Hollywood photographers.
The pictures these photographic artists took span the period from the outbreak of World War II to the Korean conflict of 1951. As John Kobal writes in his informative introduction. "The Forties were the years of Old Hollywood's last stand, though the people concerned didn't know it." In a lively introduction, illustrated by ten pictures of the stars off the set, Mr. Kobal discusses the people and films of the Forties, the importance of these photos and the photographers who took them, and their magical appeal to movie fans. The captions give the year, photographer, studio, the movies that many of the portraits are associated with, and the costume designer. Originally printed in fan magazines, on posters, and in fashion spreads, these portraits are legendary. They are part of almost everyone's past, part of their dreams and fantasies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486235462
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/1977
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 645,446
  • Product dimensions: 8.41 (w) x 11.22 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Table of Contents


Lauren Becall
Lucille Ball
Joan Bennett
Ingrid Bergman
Turham Bey
Humphrey Bogart
Marlon Brando
Corinne Calvet
Madeleine Carrol
Cyd Charisse
Montgomery Clift
Claudette Colbert
Gray Cooper
Joseph Cotten
Joan Crawford
Linda Darnell
Bette Davis
Yvonne De Carlo
Olivia de Havilland
Dolores Del Rio
John Derek
Marlene Dietrich
Faith Domergue
Kirk Douglas
Irene Dunne
Deanna Durbin
Alice Faye
Rhonda Fleming
Errol Flynn
Joan Fontaine
Glenn Ford
Kay Francis
Clark Gable
Greta Garbo
Ava Gardner
John Garfield
Judy Garland
Greer Garson
Paulette Goddard
Betty G. Grable
Cary Grant
Jane Greer
Barbara Hale
Susan Hayward
Rita Hayworth
Sonja Henie
Katherine Hepburn
Charlton Heston
Lena Horne
Betty Hutton
Adele Jergens
Van Johnson
Jennifer Jones
Hildegarde Knef
Alan Ladd
Veronica Lake
Hedy Lamarr
Dorothy Lamour
Burt Lancaster
Carole Landis
Viven Leigh
Myma Loy
Ida Lupino
Marie McDonald
Dorothy McGuire
Fred F. MacMurray
Guy Madison
Marion Martin
Ilona Massey
Victor Mature
Ann Miller
Carmen Miranda
Robert Mitchum
Marilyn Monroe
Maria Montez
Michele Morgan
Patricia Morison
Merle Oberon
Maureen O'Hara
Laurence Olivier
Eleanor Parker
Gregory Peck
Vera Hruba Ralston
Ginger Rogers
Mickey Rooney
Jane Russell
Rosalind Russell
Lizabeth Scott
Ann C. Sheridan
Sylvia Sidney
Alexis Smith
Ann Sothern
Barbara Stanwyck
Margaret Sullavan
Gloria Swanson
Elizabeth Taylor
Robert Taylor
Gene Tierney
Claire Trevor
Luna Turner
Alida Valli
Lupe Velez
John Wayne
Orson Welles 
Mae West
Esther Williams
Jane Wyman
Loretta Young  
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2001

    A beautiful collection of photographs!

    This is a terrific book filled with stunning images of many of the biggest stars of the 1940's. You'll find captivating portraits of stars such as Greta Garbo, Hedy Lamarr, Gene Tierney, Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, Victor Mature, Vivien Leigh, Bette Davis, Merle Oberon and many others. You'll also see photos of Cary Grant with Ingrid Bergman, Barbara Stanwyck with Robert Taylor and Vivien Leigh with Laurence Olivier. There are also some photos from 1939 and a few from 1950. A beautiful collection that showcases the glamour, elegance and sophistication of the stars of the 1940's which was the last great decade of Hollywood's golden age. A recommended purchase!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2001

    Mysterious Portraits, Pin-Ups, and Beefcake

    This book will delight anyone who is a fan of movies from the 1940s. It contains 163 photographs of 106 stars, taken by 34 photographers. The reproduction quality is quite good, and the compositions are often superb. The acting skills of the stars add to the allure of these images. In the book's introduction, Mr. Kobal talks about how these were the 'years of Old Hollywood's last stand.' The images are 'dreams reflected in the bathroom mirrors of their generation.' He also talks about the role of the clothes designers and hairdressers in creating these glamorous, moody images. Here are my favorites in the book: By A.L. Schafer: Rita Hayworth, 1940; Olivia de Haviland, 1941; Loretta Young, 1940; Alan Ladd, 1942. By Frank Powolny: Betty Grable, 1941; Marilyn Monroe, 1950. By Robert Coburn: Gene Tierney, 1941. By Scotty Welbourne: Ida Lupino, 1940; Humphrey Bogart, 1941; Lauren Bacall, 1946 By Clarence Sinclair Bell: Hedy Lamarr, 1941; Greta Garbo, 1941. By William Walling: Fred MacMurray, 1940. By Edward Cronenweth: Lena Horne, 1943. By Ernest A. Bachrach: Dorothy McGuire, 1945; Claire Trevor, 1944; Jane Russell, 1946; Barbara Hale, 1946. By Eric Carpenter: Ava Gardner, 1944. By John Engstead: Lauren Bacall, 1951; Ingred Bergman, 1946; Marlon Brando, 1950. By Laszlo Willinger: Susan Hayward, 1948. By Bud Fraker: Gary Cooper, 1947. As you can see, the book is dominated by the glamorous female stars. Most of these images are done in partial shadow to highlight the facial structure and emotions of the actress or actor. In some cases, sculptures are used to highlight certain physical features of the subject. In general, the reproduction quality is quite high. Studios did now allow photographers to make their own prints in those days, so it all depended on the studio darkroom artists how it turned out. You will occasionally see an image that needed to have more cropping, more or less light, or which is muddy, but most are at least good reproductions. After you finish this book, imagine how you can help people understand your thoughts by how you hold yourself and what expression you use. Do you see any poses or expressions here that can help you be more communicative? Use all the elements of yourself to share your most important thoughts and emotions! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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