Saturday, December 20, 2014

Put up the wreath listen to A Christmas Carol 1939

Put a wreath on it this time of year

Here are a few stars of Hollywood's Golden Age wreaths putting up their wreaths, or otherwise making use of the wreath motif in celebrating for the holiday season.

Finally listen to the 1939 radio show A Christmas Carol featuring Lionel Barrymore and Orson Welles.
Rosalind Russell places a wreath on the front door of
her first new home 1938

Blanche Sweet is thinking of you
Christmas 1920

The Seven Deadly Sins, a 1917 film featured HB Warner, Jessie Stevens, George LeGuere, Shirley Mason, Anna Murdock, Charlotte Walker, Nance O'Neil and Guido Colucci. Christmas week they changed their ad to show the stars as part of a holiday wreath.

Jackie Coogan wishes everyone a very Merry Christmas. He was a hugely popular child star. This photo came out in 1926. He'd been in The Kid with Charles Chaplin in 1921. 

In 1927 he was working with the likes of Claire Windsor, Maurice Costello and Harry Carey.  In 1964 of course, he'd be Uncle Fester Frump on The Addams Family.

Gwen Lee can be seen in Laugh Clown Laugh, Diamond Handcuffs, Mannequin, His Secretary and many other pre-code films. Here she is in 1928 perched inside a Christmas wreath. There was never a shortage of cute girls dressed up extra-pretty in special costumes at holiday-time. 

1914 Christmas Greetings from Essanay Studios: Francis X Bushman, Smiling Billy Mason, Victor Potel, GMA Anderson, Irene Warfield Ruth Hennessy, Evelyn Selbie, Frederick Church, True Boardman, Lillian Drew, Bryant Washburn and Wallace Beery. 

They haven't featured Charlie Chaplin or Broncho Billy. Chaplin joined Essanay after leaving Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios.

A 1923 Christmastime trade magazine feature shows photos from a Charles Chaplin short film, The Pilgrim. "The Tramp is an escaped convict who is mistaken as a pastor in a small town church." Not a holiday theme but they've livened up the images with yuletide graphics.

Lew Ayres had to have a good looking door in 1932
I'm sure after years of playing Dr. Kildare, he would be listening
to Lionel Barrymore reading A Christmas Carol on the radio

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