Los Angeles has a history quite unlike any others. The sunshine, palm trees, and Hollywood Boulevard are all still here. But in my experience, the birthplace of modern cinema has changed a fair bit. Don't get me wrong! I've lived here for a few years and Hollywood is still a pretty magical place, but it doesn't have the same flair that it did during it's golden age. I blame the traffic.
So for many of us, I'm assuming, it's great to see some of these black and white publicity photos of some of the actors and characters that blessed the silver screen in the 1930s through the 1960s. Thanks to Join_You_In_The_Sun for posting these awesome pictures on Reddit.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
Back in 1931, all that was needed was some good old fashioned shadowplay to create this photo. That and some makeup. And probably a lot of people on set helping out. Okay, it probably still look a lot of effort.
Black Legion (1937)
Are you kidding me with that face, young Humphrey Bogart? Somebody point me towards the nearest fainting couch please.
A Day at the Races (1937)
Yes, this horse's back is pretty messed up looking. It's called lordosis and it's usually not painful. Then again, I've never been a horse with lordosis, so what do I know?
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Look at that. No photoshop, no nothin'. Just five actors sitting on a giant book with their characters on it, because Hollywood!
Cover Girl (1944)
Back in the 1940s walking on sheet music was not only possible, but encouraged!
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Sunset Boulevard is the best. Gloria Swanson is the best. Shiny 1950s sidewalks are the best. I am always looking for appropriate places to drop the line, "I'm ready for my close-up." Sadly, this does not make me a fun person to take pictures with.
The Wild One (1953)
Three people on the bike and no helmets. Maybe it's not safe, but damn does Marlon Brando look cool.
Gorilla at Large (1954)
This must have been a throwaway shot because it looks like they're having way too much fun to be filming a horror movie. Best gorilla friend ever!
North by Northwest (1959)
Cary Grant, I love you, but what's going on with those socks? You really didn't have a spare black pair somewhere?
The Birds (1963)
Tippi Hedren, why are you so gorgeous and badass? So elegant, yet fierce. Some have compared her to Lena Headey and I can definitely see the comparison.
So what did you guys think about these old school photo shoots? If I had a time machine, I wouldn't be entirely opposed to checking out a glam Los Angeles premiere back then. Bring on the satin gowns!