Bette & Joan

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IN THIS OUR LIFE (1942)
IN THIS OUR LIFE (1942) $225.00

Vintage original 10 x 8" (25 x 20 cm.) photo, USA. Bette Davis, Charles Coburn, dir: John Huston; Warner Brothers. Vertical image of Davis, Coburn, and Huston on set. With stamp of photographer Bob Beerman and date stamp on back. NEAR FINE.

JOAN CRAWFORD / BY RUTH HARRIET LOUISE (1926)
JOAN CRAWFORD / BY RUTH HARRIET LOUISE (1926) $3,850.00

Vintage original 10 x 13" (25 x 33 cm.) black-and-white double weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. One of the earliest and most elegant of all Joan Crawford portraits ever photographed -- and Joan loved working in the portrait photographers' studio! She, along with Greta Garbo, adored working with the great portrait artist Ruth Harriet Louise, and Louise took some of the most unusual images of Crawford. Louise worked at MGM between 1925 and 1930.

Here Crawford is wearing a spectacular beaded and sequined fur wrap and beaded gown. Though not credited, it is likely that this...

JOAN CRAWFORD ARRIVES WITH CHRISTINA AND CHRISTOPHER (1947)
JOAN CRAWFORD ARRIVES WITH CHRISTINA AND CHRISTOPHER (1947) $450.00

Vintage original 9 x 7 ¼” (22 x 19 cm.) black and white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Joan Crawford, Christina Crawford, Christopher Crawford.  Christina at age 7 and Christopher at age 4 arrive on the train in Los Angeles in early 1947 after a trip east. Crawford was about to start filming POSSESSED at Warner Brother’s.  Applauded for her generosity in adopting children, Crawford did not fare well with these two children.  However, later that year, she adopted twin baby girls and had much better luck as...

JOAN CRAWFORD FOR LAUGHING SINNERS BY C. S. BULL (1931)
JOAN CRAWFORD FOR LAUGHING SINNERS BY C. S. BULL (1931) $1,750.00

Vintage original 13 x 10” (32 x 25 cm.) sepia tinted double weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA.  Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Neil Hamilton, dir: Harry Beaumont; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  Absolutely stunning and dramatic portrait of Joan Crawford.  Wearing a simple dress and minimal make-up, this is an extraordinary study of her taken by Clarence Sinclair Bull for her role of cabaret performer turned reformed Salvation Army worker.  Photograph has the Clarence Sinclair Bull blind-stamp near the bottom right corner edge. His ink stamp including the hand written pencil photo number is...

JOAN CRAWFORD IN LOUNGE WEAR (1928)
JOAN CRAWFORD IN LOUNGE WEAR (1928) $300.00

Vintage original 10 x 8” (25 x 20 cm.) black and white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA.  Joan Crawford, one of MGM’s first leading ladies became a star before the silent era was over.  She portrayed the ultimate jazz baby in OUR DANCING DAUGHTERS in 1928, having learned the craft of film acting starting in 1925.  From day one she played the star, and a big part of that job was posing endlessly for publicity photos, particularly those modeling every conceivable type of garment.  This ensemble in still...

JOAN CRAWFORD IN RAIN (1932)
JOAN CRAWFORD IN RAIN (1932) $200.00

Vintage original 8 x 10” (20 x 25 cm) black and white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Joan Crawford, Walter Huston, Fred Howard, Guy Kibbee, Beulah Bondi, dir: Lewis Milestone: United Artists. Working her way up in the business of being considered for meatier roles, Joan Crawford fought for this part, so much so that MGM allowed her to be loaned to United Artists. This would be her only loan out during her 18 years at MGM.  Cast as Sadie Thompson, the prostitute of Somerset Maugham’s famous story,...

JOAN CRAWFORD MGM THEATRE DISPLAY PORTRAIT (1931)
JOAN CRAWFORD MGM THEATRE DISPLAY PORTRAIT (1931) $0.00

Vintage original 11 x 14” (28 x 35 cm) black and white double weight matte print image on heavy stock, USA. Joan Crawford appears natural and relaxed in this early 1930s portrait. Clarence Bull is likely the photographer.  This portrait which is in heavy paper similar to a lobby card was used as a part of a series issued by MGM to promote their top stars in movie theatres.  There is facsimile Joan Crawford signature. The piece is marked “Made in U. S. A.” at the bottom left corner.   A few minor...

JOAN CRAWFORD PORTRAIT BY C. S. BULL (1933)
JOAN CRAWFORD PORTRAIT BY C. S. BULL (1933) $750.00

Vintage original 13 x 10” (32 x 25 cm.) black and white double weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA.  A stunning portrait of Joan Crawford during what many consider her greatest period of beauty. This portrait is most likely associated with her film TODAY WE LIVE.  Photo exhibits brilliant black and white tones with the careful lighting of Crawford’s face and the beautiful fur she wears.  There is Clarence Sinclair Bull’s raised blind stamp on the bottom right corner border.  There is a “Joan Crawford Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer” stamp on the verso...

JOAN CRAWFORD RETURNS TO MGM FOR TORCH SONG (1953)
JOAN CRAWFORD RETURNS TO MGM FOR TORCH SONG (1953) $200.00

Vintage original 10 x 8” (25 x 20 cm.) black and white double weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA.  Joan Crawford, Michael Wilding, Gig Young, dir: Charles Walters; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.  After a ten year leave from her alma-matter (1925-1943), Joan Crawford returned to MGM to make a Technicolor musical.  She was allowed free reign on her hair, make-up and costume choices.  The studio celebrated her return and newbie contract players such as Pier Angeli were excited to meet her.  Here, Angeli assists Joan with her coif during a visit...

JOAN CRAWFORD WEARS ADRIAN IN THE WOMEN BY WILLINGER (1939)
JOAN CRAWFORD WEARS ADRIAN IN THE WOMEN BY WILLINGER (1939) $450.00

Vintage original 10x 8” (25 x 20 cm.) black and white double weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine, Phyllis Povah, Virginia Weidler, Lucile Watson, Marjorie Main, dir: George Cukor: MGM. The original typed blurb on the verso of this still describes Joan Crawford as playing her first “heavy” in a film.  Indeed, Crawford had played likable and sympathetic characters often in rags to riches stories previously.  MGM cast her in...

LETTER, THE (1940)
LETTER, THE (1940) $750.00

Vintage original 17 x 11" (43 x 28 cm.) pressbook, USA. Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, dir: William Wyler; Warner Brothers. Folio, pictorial wrappers, 16 pp. Devastating adaptation from classic W. Somerset Maugham fiction, and often cited as one of the earliest specimens of film noir. A genuinely rare pressbook, the only one which I have ever encountered. Folded as issued, with light wear at spine and at edges, VERY GOOD+.

MARKED WOMAN (1937)
MARKED WOMAN (1937) $300.00

Vintage original 8 x 10" (20 x 25 cm.) single weight glossy photo, USA. Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Lola Lane, Isabel Jewell, Mayo Methot, Jane Bryan, dir: Lloyd Bacon; Warner Brothers. Still depicts scene between clip joint "hostess" Mary (Davis) and DA Graham (Bogart) who is wanting her to testify against her violent mobster boss. Still has original paper blurb attached to back and is stamped by the Examiner Reference Library, March 11, 1937. FINE.

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