These are just a few of our photos from the Donald Gordon Collection, first published on our blog.

You might well ask, just who is Donald Gordon, and how did we come by his stash of great photos?

John Madden, our late pal and fellow classic movie-lover, bequeathed to Joe a veritable treasure trove of informal, impromptu black-and-white photographs that more than anything we can think of provide informal, personalized glimpses of Hollywood in its Golden Age. Donald Gordon and John were close friends.

Before he died Donald gave John this marvelous cache of photos. These snapshots are the kind that are often taken at parties, outings and family events of one kind or another.

But these were not the usual shots of unrecognizable or forgotten relatives at their leisure. No, the subjects in these snapshots were – and perhaps still are — some of the most recognizable faces on the planet. And in most shots there is also Donald Gordon.

Donald was a young actor who found himself under contract at Columbia Pictures during World War II.

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.

We hope you enjoy these samples of  Donald Gordon Collection as much as we do. 

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