The Golden Age of Hollywood saw many fine actors and actresses signing long-standing contracts and making many outstanding films every year. Here, we’ve compiled 40 iconic images of former Hollywood stars that were taken on set:
1) Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow, with her cupid’s bow mouth, dramatic eyeliner and platinum blonde curls; showcased its old-school Tinseltown glamour. His decisive role was in the Hell angels (1930) and appears with other great stars of the time, as in hold your man (1933) starring Clark Gable.
2) Errol Flynn
In this image, we can see Errol Flynn on the set of Captain Blood (1935) which was an instant hit and made him and Olivia DeHavilland huge stars.
3) James Cagney
James Cagney is famous for portraying composer George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), which allowed him to showcase his talent which earned him an Oscar. We see him here with Jean Harlow on the set of The public enemy (1931).
4) Fred Washington
Here we can see the very talented and amazing green-eyed beauty Fredi Washington, working in impersonation of life (1934) with her co-star, Louise Beavers (left).
5) Judy Garland
In this image, Judy Garland can be seen resting between takes on the set of Ziegfield’s Daughter (1940).
6) Shirley’s Temple
One of the most popular child stars of all time, Shirley Temple, between takes on set, circa 1936.
7) Fred Astaire
A very iconic image where Fred Astaire (far left) collaborates with renowned composers George and Ira Gershwin for the 1937 musical shall we dance.
8) Lana Turner
Beautiful Lana Turner gets her makeup touched up on the set of The Merry Widow (1952).
9) Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich was known for her work in Destry rides again, a 1939 American drama film starring Jimmy Stewart. Here, she can be seen taking a well-deserved break from filming on set in 1936.
10) Betty Grable
Fun fact about Betty Grable: her legs were insured for a million dollars by the studio! Here she can be seen having her makeup and hair done for her 1938 film University swing.
11) Laurence Olivier
Here, Laurence Olivier can be seen being briefed with co-star Joan Fontaine by director Alfred Hitchcock on the set of Rebecca (1940).
12) Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh won her first Oscar for her role as Scarlet O’Hara in carried away by the wind (1939). She won her second Oscar for her role in A tram called Désir (1951). Here we can see her with her co-star Marlon Brando on set.
13) Jimmy Stewart
Jimmy Stewart had a brilliant career in Hollywood. He even served in the US Army during World War II. He landed bigger roles working with director Frank Capra in films such as Mr. Smith goes to Washington (1939) and It’s a wonderful life (1946). Here he can be seen on set with director Alfred Hitchcock on rear window (1954).
14) Elizabeth Taylor
Here we can see Elizabeth Taylor taking a break from filming with actor James Dean on the set of Giant in 1955.
15) Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra’s work as an actor was almost as famous as his works as a singer. He won an Oscar for his role in From here to eternity (1953). Here, he can be seen with his co-star Montgomery Clift.
16) Robert Mitchum
Here, Mitchum (right) can be seen playing checkers with co-star Richard Hart on the set of A woman of mine (1946).
17) Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth, one of the most beautiful women of her time, signed her first studio contract at 16. Here, we can see her on the set of The Lady from Shanghai (1947).
18) Clark Gable
Clark Gable’s personal life was as colorful as the characters he portrayed. Here he is on the set of red dust (1932).
19) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper did his own stunts and was famous for his methodical delivery, natural acting abilities and striking good looks. He won Oscars for his roles in Sergeant York (1941) and high noon (1952). Here he is seen reading passages from Hemingway’s book on which the film was based while filming A farewell to arms (1932).
20) Bette Davis
Bette Davis, much like her real persona, has insisted on playing strong female characters throughout her career. She won the Oscars for Dangerous (1935) and Jezebel (1938). Here, she can be seen resting during a break on the set of The bride has come COD (1941).
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