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Jul. 2005

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As August comes to an end, we introduce little-known actress Dorothy Sebastian.  She appeared in numerous silents and talkies, but may be best remembered as Buster Keaton's leading lady in Spite Marriage and Free and Easy (and his off-screen paramour).

Our next update will be on September 5th.

August 31, 2005

We add another new face today:  Dorothy Burgess, in a 1929 film called (yup!) Pleasure Crazed.  In this scene, she and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. look-alike Kenneth MacKenna contemplate the roses.  The movie also starred Clara Bow's future husband, Rex Bell.

This lovely photo was submerged in a miasma of scratches and gooey white fingerprints.  Doctor Macro to the rescue!

August 30, 2005

Alice Brady bows in today.  This early screen actress is shown in a 1916 potboiler called Bought and Paid For with Montagu Love (what a great moniker!).  Notice the single depressed piano key with no one touching it.  We have a movie summary too.

We scanned this interesting image from an original photo that had lots of scratches in the detail areas―always a tedious removal process.  Several hours later, voilą!

August 29, 2005

Our desktop wallpaper maven, Sylvie, has sent us two nice pictures for The Annex.  We have Loretta Young and Jean Harlow.

August 28, 2005

Our second, and final, Vivian Blaine picture arrives today.

August 27, 2005

A new face today:  Vivian Blaine, cute as a button in a photo from Nob Hill.  We also have a movie summary.

Also play Errol Flynn's new film clip from Captain Blood.  In this scene Olivia de Havilland buys him in a slave auction, and he's less than grateful!

Finally, we've added a movie summary for Laura, starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews.

August 26, 2005


Rex has submitted four great Fanny Brice scans for The Annex.  Thanks for this series, Rex, which spans her entire career!

August 25, 2005

Our second Marilyn Maxwell picture arrives.  Does anyone know which movie it's from?

We've also got a nice film clip of Ronald Colman in A Tale of Two Cities.  In this scene, he's finishing his repast with a perturbed Donald Woods, aided by milquetoast waiter Jimmy Aubrey.

August 24, 2005

A Tale of
Two Cities

Hubba hubba!  Here's dreamboat Marilyn Maxwell in the first of two scans, requested by Mark.

August 23, 2005

Here's a shot of portly comic Lou Costello.  It represents our final scan in this series.

August 22, 2005

Here are two new guest contributor scans from Chris for The Annex:  Marilyn Maxwell and Loretta Young.  Thanks for these great pictures, Chris!

August 21, 2005

The first of two final Abbott and Costello pictures arrives today.  Here we have a posed shot of Bud Abbott.

August 19, 2005

We offer a two-picture tribute to child actor Roddy McDowall today.  Our first one is from How Green Was My Valley.  We also have a movie summary.

The second scan is from Lassie Come Home, for which we also have a film clip and movie summary.  (Yes, that hole in his sweater is supposed to be there.)

August 18, 2005

Lassie Come Home

One last picture of Josephine Baker.

August 17, 2005

Chris submitted this scan of terpsichorean chanteuse Josephine Baker for The Annex. Thanks, Chris!

August 16, 2005

More Rita Hayworth today.  These are our final two images of her.

August 15, 2005

Two new faces in The Annex, acquired from the Internet:  Doris Day and Audrey Hepburn.  Although their careers were later than the 1940's-and-earlier period we emphasize on our site, these images are too beautiful to pass up.  Enjoy!

August 14, 2005

Here are our final four Marilyn Monroe scans in The Annex.

August 13, 2005

Today we have three (count 'em) film clips of James Cagney in Each Dawn I Die.

In clip #1, on the train to prison he finds himself next to George Raft.

In clip #2, he's lounging in the prison yard with Raft.  Also look for Slapsie Maxie Rosenbloom.

In clip #3, he and Raft are plotting under the work tables.

August 12, 2005

On the Train Lounging Plotting

Here comes Rita Hayworth!  These are the first two of four pictures of the popular actress, posted especially for John.

Also enjoy this film clip of George Arliss and Bette Davis in a scene from The Man Who Played God.  Here Davis professes her love for Arliss, who plays a famous pianist.

Finally, we have three beautiful new wallpapers from Sylvie Warner Baxter, Ronald Colman, and Norma Shearer.

August 11, 2005

The Man Who
Played God

We've got ten more Marilyn Monroe pictures in The Annex.

August 10, 2005

Our final Jane Russell image arrives today.

And we have a film clip of Ward Bond getting clipped on the chin (and then some) by John Wayne, in Tall in the Saddle.  Also look for Elisabeth Risdon and Gabby Hayes in this scene.

August 9, 2005

Tall in
the Saddle

Here's another scan of Jane Russell from The Outlaw.  We also have a film clip.

This was truly an awful movie but, to be fair, I weighed the pros and cons:




Lousy, repetitive plot and story

Jane Russell


Wooden, amateurish acting

Jane Russell


Stinky music

Oh, you know...


August 8, 2005

The Outlaw

Today we have two James Cagney film clips from G Men.  In the first, he verbally spars with Margaret Lindsay (note his trademark confident swagger in the opening moments); in the second clip, he does a little banking.

August 7, 2005



A new face today:  Jane Russell in a picture from her famous inaugural film, The Outlaw.  This is the first of three images of her.

August 6, 2005

Our indefatigable guest contributor, Mark, has sent in some snappy scans of Billie Dove and Toby Wing for The Annex.

We also have a film clip of Groucho directing war operations with the Marx Brothers in Duck Soup.

August 5, 2005

Duck Soup

Here are ten more Marilyn Monroe scans from The Annex.

August 4, 2005

We've got another photo of Elizabeth Taylor as a little tyke.  Is she missing a tooth?

And check out the new film clip of James Cagney and Ann Sheridan in Angels With Dirty Faces.

August 3, 2005

Angels With
Dirty Faces

Elizabeth Taylor bows in today, in this charming early photo.  This and an upcoming picture are for Sylvie.  We also have another scan of her in The Annex.

Also, here are two film clips from The Prisoner of Zenda.  The first showcases Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.  In it, he has an extended scene with Raymond Massey and Mary Astor, and―literally―smokes up a storm.

In the second clip, Ronald Colman and Madeleine Carroll celebrate his inauguration as grand Pooh Bah, but Raymond Massey arrives to spoil their fun.  Pay attention to the clever exchange between Colman and Massey:  it's filled with intrigue.  Yum!

August 2, 2005

Douglas Fair-
banks, Jr.

Audrey submitted some wonderful―and varied―scans for The Annex today.  Enjoy Theda Bara, John Barrymore, Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, Charlie Chaplin, Henry Fonda, Greta Garbo (from Mata Hari, with Ramon Novarro) Ava Gardner, John Gilbert, Cary Grant, Rita Hayworth (from Gilda), Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon, James Stewart and Rudolph Valentino.  Whew, fifteen goodies!

August 1, 2005


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