We Had Faces Then

A gay man of a certain age and a certain sensibility searching for meaning in the flickering images of classic Hollywood. IG:@erinmatthiessen_wehadfacesthen

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2021-01-24 23:48:07

    Remembering Randolph Scott on his birthday (January 23, 1898 – March 2, 1987)

    Known on the internet these days for sharing a house and possibly a bed with Cary Grant in his youth, Scott had a long successful career of his own. He appeared in all sorts of films - comedies (My Favorite Wife), musicals (Roberta), Mae West vehicles (Go West, Young Man) and adventure films (Captain Kidd) - but made his most lasting impression in Westerns, starting with Abilene Town in 1946 and ending in 1962 with the classic Ride the High Country.

    Guy Madison in his RKO dressing room, c.1946

    It’s been several days since the exact date, but I’ve now been on Tumblr for eleven years. I’ve enjoyed sharing photos and nuggets of info about the stars and films of Classic Hollywood, meeting new friends - and a few enemies - along the way. In the beginning, I closed each day day of posting with a photo of Guy Madison, my first movie star crush. So it seems fitting to mark this anniversary with him as well.

      [updated to show Madison was under contract to RKO not MGM as I first stated. Thanks to those who corrected my error.]

    Jean Harlow wearing a gown by Howard Greer, publicity photo for Hell’s Angels (Howard Hughes, 1930). One line reading in particular served as her breakthrough to fame: “You don’t mind if I slip into something more comfortable, do you?”