Hi, everybody, Joe Morella and Frank Segers back again with a special note to you.
We at Classic Movie Chat pride ourselves on bringing you photos that have never been seen before on any other blog. In fact these photos have never been published before –ANYWHERE.
That’s because they are from a private stash, The Donald Gordon Collection.
You ask, who was Donald Gordon?
Donald was a young actor who found himself under contract at Columbia Pictures during World War II.
The studios in this wartime period were a bit less fussy about male hires, so Donald made the grade although he never quite made it big. He appears to have spent much of his time making friends on and off the studio lot, made easier by the fact that Donald was an outgoing, amiable type, easy to like.
And, if you were a friend, Donald took your picture. Then to seal the deal he had someone else snap a shot of him posing with his famous pal.
As you’ll continue to see on our blog in the coming weeks, the amazing informality – almost intimacy – of Donald with his subjects is a pleasure to behold. No posed studio shots in full makeup, staged with the precision of a Swiss watch.
These were shots of some of Hollywood’s best-known personalities in mufti, so to speak, lounging around pools, front lawns, departing restaurants or in actual costume on the set.
The photo above of singer Allan Jones and his wife actress Irene Hervey— (parents of Jack Jones) and the snapshot of MGM star Van Johnson were first seen on our site.
We hope that you will let others know about Classic Movie Chat as a great source of never before seen photos.
Even if the picture running that day isn’t an original, you and your friends will be treated to what we hope you’ll find is an interesting picture, and tidbit about films and stars from Hollywood’s Golden Era.
Please tell us who your favorite stars are and we’ll try to run a piece about them AND a never before seen photo.