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Halloween Pin-Ups

by Leonard Maltin
October 31, 2012 1:00 AM
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Here are some silly publicity photos of attractive actresses making faces to herald the arrival of Halloween. We begin with an unusual selection, as Jane Wyman was past the starlet phase when she took this picture at Warner Bros. to promote A Kiss in the Dark (1949). In fact, she’d just won an Academy Award for Johnny Belinda when she showed team spirit for the studio publicity department. At the outset of her career, when she was a blonde, Wyman took plenty of cheesecake shots at Warners, but she’d passed that stage when this photo was taken. Here are some others who showed off their figures for the sake of placement in prominent newspapers and magazines.

There’s no one more appealing in pictures like these than Clara Bow, the aptly-named “it” girl whose buoyant personality and radiant smile shone through in every picture she took, including this jack-o-lantern shot from the late 1920s. I’ll resist making the kind of trick-or-treat pun that probably was part of the original caption for this still.

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  • mike schlesinger | November 3, 2012 2:29 PMReply

    That Bow picture--with the light from the jack-o-lantern reflecting on her face--is stunning. They really knew how to shoot photographs back then.

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