Hello again. Joe Morella and Frank Segers back to share another photo from the Donald Gordon Collection.
This illustrates that off screen, while just as beautiful as they were on film many stars were not THAT recognizable. Without their makeup (and in the case of many male stars like Bing Crosby and Humphrey Bogart, their toupees) alot of stars could do their own grocery shopping without being spotted.
Have you, or your parents or grandparents, any candid photos of film stars? We’d love to share them. Or hear any tales you might have to tell about stars or film companies visiting your home town.
The other day we pondered about stars of today who might rival stars of the 40’s or 60’s. The song lyric says “Keep Audrey Hepburn and keep Liz Taylor, Nancy’s the feature, they’re just the trailer.” Set us to thinking about that term, “trailer” It originated back in the silent days, when after the feature was shown there would be a short promoting the next film due at that theater. It trailed the feature. You can just hear people say, “Let’s wait and see the trailer.” When the studios became more powerful and homogonized and controlled distribution they started using the term “Coming Attractions.” We’ll bet few people, if any, ever said “Let’s go early and see the coming attractions.”
Here’s a thought for DVD producers. Why have the previews before the main feature. Most people are anxious to see the film they’ve rented and skip them. Why not show previews after the movie? And let the public call them “trailers.”
That was Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift in “A Place in the Sun.” It was their first film together and they became great pals. Their on screen chemistry has rarely been matched by other actors.