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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM HOLLYWOOD

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by Leonard Maltin
January 1, 2013 1:00 AM
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It’s time to ring in the new year with pin-ups and publicity shots from Hollywood’s past. And what better way to begin than with a celebration of Laugh Month, as indicated by this shot of Mack Sennett’s leading lady Alice Day? The caption would have us believe that it was coincidental that Laugh Month coincided with the first month of the year, but who are we to argue?


I suppose if your name is Lois January and you worked in Hollywood during the 1930s you could expect to be asked to pose for a cheesecake shot like this. This was taken when Lois was billed as “Universal Junior Star” in 1934. She went on to become a leading lady to such cowboy heroes as Bob Steele, Tim McCoy, and Johnny Mack Brown, but her claim to immortality may be her unbilled appearance as an Emerald City manicurist in The Wizard of Oz.


Frances Drake is dressed as a harlequin in this festive pose from Paramount Pictures, welcoming in the year 1935. That was a good year for the beautiful actress, who was cast as Eponine in the lavish Fox production of Les Misérables and appeared opposite Peter Lorre in the classic Mad Love.


Dorothy Lamour is all set for a New Year’s Eve party to usher out 1937 and welcome 1938. Lamour was already a hot property at Paramount and would continue to be one of their top leading ladies through the early 1940s, with notable appearances opposite Hope and Crosby in their popular Road movies.


Olga San Juan is supposed to be promoting the Irving Berlin musical Blue Skies in this nautical shot. If you can connect the dots as to why and how this ties in with that film, or the New Year holiday, best of luck.


Extra! Extra! The most glamorous newsgirl on the planet is announcing the headline news that 1952 is just around the corner. Cyd Charisse was no more immune to posing for silly pictures like this than anyone else under contract to MGM, so she put on a game smile and did her job. Lucky us.

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1 Comment

  • Jim Reinecke | January 4, 2013 10:46 AMReply

    Keep these coming, Leonard. . .they're lots of nostalgic fun! I still keep hoping that you'll turn up something with the lovely Ann Sheridan--not to mention such lesser (but still attractive) luminaries as Noel Francis and Sheila Terry (and let's not forget the dazzling Claire Dodd who graced so many of those zippy Warner Bros. programmers of the early and mid-30's with her delightfully nasty characterizations!).

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