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Leaving Hollywood (Collier's Magazine, 1956)

Here is a short, well illustrated article about the love shared between Grace Kelly and Prince Rainnier III:

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"I don't think I've ever seen two people who looked more in love. Every time I turned around to change film or grab another camera, they'd start whispering, holding hands... like any just-engaged couple. Pretty romantic."


The Dreamland Story Factory (Rob Wagner's Script, 1935)

"Motion picture studios manufacture motion pictures. Motion pictures are shot from scripts. Scripts are developed from stories. Stories are written and sent to studios by undertakers, gamekeepers, chocolate dippers, steamfitters, pretzel-makers, judges, dentists, trapeze artists, carpet layers, parachute jumpers, nurses, tea tasters and amateur winders. It is a platitude that everyone owning a pencil fancies themselves a writer."


The Birth of Special-Effects Makeup (Pathfinder Magazine, 1939)

Here is an article about one of the most innovative minds in the nascent world of Hollywood makeup design; it belonged to a fellow named Jack Dawn (1892 - 1961). Dawn was under contract at MGM for decades and worked on over two hundred films, his most being the film that is discussed herein: The Wizard of Oz (1939, MGM). The article briefly touches upon the "thin, rubbery" masks that he created after having made numerous in depth studies of human bone and muscle.


The Young Barbara Stanwick (Liberty Magazine, 1932)

This interview with Barbara Stanwick (b. Ruby Catherine Stevens 1907 1990) will give you a genuine insight to her character, its a wonderful read.


Bette Davis Tells All (Collier's Magazine, 1955)

"Those were the days when the talkies had taken over from the silent films and movie executives began a wholesale raid on the New York stage for promising young talent. It was fertile territory. In a comparatively brief period they signed Clark Gable, George Brent, Jimmy Cagney, Joan Blondell, Spencer Tracy Ginger Rogers, Humphrey Bogart, Francis Tone and a score of others. While I was in Broken Dishes I had been screen tested by Samuel Goldwyn for a feminine lead opposite Ronald Coleman...I reached Hollywood with my mother on December 13, 1930."


Failing To Attract An Audience (PM Tabloid, 1940)

In spite of the incredible films that Hollywood churned out in 1939 - Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, it seemed that there were some folks in 1940 who just wouldn't be satisfied. This completely irked the citizens of Hollywood. And so the editor of Variety dispatched pollsters hither and yon to ask why they thought the movies stunk.


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