Tag Archives: Mary Pickford

Flashback: Hollywood Valentine

Posted in Audrey Hepburn, Betty Grable, Betty Hutton, Carole Lombard, Deanna Durbin, Doris Day, Dorothy Lamour, Elizabeth Taylor, Holidays, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Kim Novak, Mary Pickford, Rita Hayworth, Valentine's Day | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Responses

New Year, Old Hollywood: 2018

After one year of the Trump presidency we are hopeful and optimistic. Obama’s JV team, ISIS, has been nearly wiped out. Neil Gorsuch sits on the Supreme Court. The Keystone pipeline is, at last, open. The individual mandate is gone. Which spells the beginning off the end for Obamacare. More and more federal lands are […]

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Flashback: When Hollywood Celebrated Christmas

There was a time when Hollywood openly and joyously celebrated Christmas. Now, among the Hollywood elite, the greeting I hear is “Happy Holidays.” Look, we at Seraphic Secret are Orthodox Jews. This is not our holiday. But we want our Christian friends to celebrate Christmas. The politically correct Happy Holidays shtick is another nail in […]

Posted in Anita Page, Anna May Wong, Carole Lombard, Christianity, Christmas, Clara Bow, Fay Wray, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Marceline Day, Mary Pickford, Rita Hayworth, Shirley Temple | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Responses

Flashback: Hollywood Celebrates Christmas

During Hollywood’s Golden Age, the studios, via newspapers, fan magazines, and trade publications, published photos of their stars celebrating Christmas. In this way, Hollywood—though founded by poor immigrant Jews—informed the public that the motion picture industry was in harmony with Christian America. Seraphic Secret—Karen and I—are Orthodox Jews. We observe the Sabbath and eat only […]

Posted in Christianity, Christmas, Holidays, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, How I Married Karen, IslamoNazis, Judaism, Judaism & Christianity, Photography | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Alfred Hitchcock, Brigitte Bardot, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, John Wayne, Photography, Quotes, Silent Movies, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Responses

Hidden Hollywood: Rudolph Valentino and the Rabbi’s Beautiful Daughter

The great pioneering director D.W. Griffith hired Rabbi Isadore Myers as the Jewish technical consultant on his great epic, Intolerance, 1916. Griffith was so happy with Rabbi Myer’s expert advice and attention to detail that he said to the good Rabbi: “How can I ever repay you?” Replied Rabbi Myers: “I have a daughter who would […]

Posted in Carmel Myers, Hidden Hollywood, History, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Judaism, Patsy Ruth Miller, Photography, Rudolph Valentino, Silent Movies | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Responses

Friday Photos: True Hollywood Confessions

Posted in Art, Audrey Hepburn, Friday Fotos, Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood, Hollywood Cars, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography, Photography, Quotes, True Hollywood Confessions | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Responses

Flashback: When Hollywood Celebrated Christmas

There was a time when Hollywood openly and joyously celebrated Christmas. Now, among the Hollywood elite, the greeting I hear is “Happy Holidays.” Look, we at Seraphic Secret are Orthodox Jews. This is not our holiday. But we want our Christian friends to celebrate Christmas. The politically correct Happy Holidays shtick is another nail in […]

Posted in America, Christianity, Christmas, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Responses

Flashback: Hollywood Celebrates Christmas

During Hollywood’s Golden Age, the studios, through newspapers,fan magazines, and trade publications, published photos of their stars celebrating Christmas. In this way, Hollywood — though founded by poor immigrant Jews — informed the public that the motion picture industry was in harmony with Christian America. Seraphic Secret — Karen and I — are Orthodox Jews. We […]

Posted in Brigitte Bardot, Christmas, Holidays, Hollywood, Hollywood Stars, Hollywood Still Photography | Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Responses

Hollywood in Stitches, Part I

“Hurry up and wait!” Anyone who has worked on a major Hollywood production is familiar with this ironic cry. There is a tremendous amount of down time on a Hollywood film. It takes hours to set up lights, rig camera and sound, and make sure the sets and props are in place. Thus, actors spend […]

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Flashback: When Hollywood Celebrated Christmas

There was a time when Hollywood openly and joyously celebrated Christmas. Now, among the Hollywood elite, the greeting I hear is “Happy Holidays.” Look, we at Seraphic Secret are Orthodox Jews. This is not our holiday. But we want our Christian friends to celebrate Christmas. The politically correct Happy Holidays shtick is another nail in […]

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Friday Photos: Hollywood Celebrates Christmas

During Hollywood’s Golden Age, the studios took thousands of photos of their stars celebrating Christmas. In this way, Hollywood—though founded by poor immigrant Jews—let America know that it and the heartland were aligned. Seraphic Secret — Karen and I — are Orthodox Jews. We observe the Sabbath and eat only kosher food. Our lives and […]

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Mary Pickford: She Built It

Being a Conservative means conserving the wisdom of our ancestors, preserving what is best of our cultural heritage. Too often, modern man plunges headlong into the future and never looks back. Nowhere is this more evident than with the history and preservation of silent films.  Last week I spoke with a  group of high school […]

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Hollywood on Trial

There is nothing Hollywood fears as much as a messy public trial. For movie stars, civil or criminal charges often spell the end of reputation and livelihood. In 1921, the false rape and murder charges against the wonderful knock-about comedian, Roscoe Arbuckle, destroyed his brilliant career—in pre-income tax dollars he earned a million a year—and […]

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Friday Photos: The Not So Glamorous Family

Hollywood’s Golden Age, from the 20’s to the late thirties, was a dream factory. And glamour was the dream that was sold in every frame of every film. Studios tightly controlled the image of the stars they groomed and promoted, presenting them as glittering jewels, untouched and unsullied by the daily concerns of ordinary life. […]

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Movie Posters: Hollywood’s Golden Age

Early film posters featured bold, colorful graphics. In the early years studios did not place the actor’s names on movie posters for fear of rising salary demands. But by the 1910’s, producers realized that stars sell tickets and posters prominently displayed actor’s names.

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In Search of Hollywood’s Sole

Hollywood glamour is most often, and correctly, associated with picture perfect faces, figures, magical charisma, and the stunning costumes worn by stars of the silver screen during Hollywood’s Golden Age. But then, as now, footwear was a vital component of the machinery of glamour.

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