The Broadway Melody (1929)

The Broadway Melody, also known as The Broadway Melody of 1929, is an American pre-Code musical film and the first sound film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.

Eddie Kearns (Charles King) sings “The Broadway Melody”, and tells some chorus girls that he brought the Mahoney Sisters vaudeville act to New York to perform it with him in the latest revue being produced by Francis Zanfield (Eddie Kane). Harriet “Hank” Mahoney (Bessie Love) and her sister Queenie Mahoney (Anita Page) are awaiting Eddie’s arrival at their apartment. Hank, the older sister, prides herself on her business sense and talent, while Queenie is lauded for her beauty. Hank is confident they will make it big while Queenie is less eager to put everything on the line to become a star…

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Bessie Love and Anita Page in The Broadway Melody directed by Henry Beaumont, 1929 via

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Bessie Love, Anita Page and Charles King in The Broadway Melody directed by Henry Beaumont, 1929 via

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Bessie Love and Anita Page in The Broadway Melody directed by Henry Beaumont, 1929 via

 

A Collection of Old Hollywood Portaits by Ruth Harriet Louise

Ruth Harriet Louise (1903 – 1940) ran Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s portrait studio from 1925 to 1930.

When Louise was hired by MGM as chief portrait photographer in the summer of 1925, she was twenty-two years old, and the only woman working as a portrait photographer for the Hollywood studios.

In a career that lasted only five years, Louise photographed all the stars, contract players, and many of the hopefuls who passed through the studio’s front gates, including Greta Garbo, Lon Chaney, John Gilbert, Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, and Norma Shearer. It is estimated that she took more than 100,000 photos during her tenure at MGM.

Today she is considered an equal with George Hurrell Sr. and other renowned glamour photographers of the era.

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Joan Crawford by Ruth Harriet Louise for Dream of Love, 1926 via

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Anita Page by Ruth Harriet Louise via

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Dorothy Sebastian by Ruth Harriet Louise via

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Greta Garbo by  Ruth Harriet Louise for “The Temptress”, 1926 via

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Marceline Day by Ruth Harriet Louise via

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Ruth Harriet Louise (self-portrait) via