Category Archives: 1920s

Photoplay Sep.-Dec. 1929

  • Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): Nancy Carroll, Anita Page, Janet Gaynor, Norma Talmadge.
  • The supremely talented and prolific illustrator Earl Christy (1883-1961) did all the covers here.
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Photoplay May-June 1929

  • Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): June Collyer, Olga Baclanova, Bessie Love and–of course–Greta Garbo.
  • Bessie Love was riding high–she’d just appeared in MGM’s first two full-length MGM musicals of the sound era, The Broadway Melody of 1929 and The Hollywood Revue of 1929.
  • The Broadway Melody of 1929 was the first sound picture to receive the Best Picture Oscar.
  • Starting with July’s Bessie Love portrait, Earl Christy settles in as Photoplay’s regular cover artist.
  • Garbo’s erstshile beau John Gilbert married actress Ina Claire.

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Photoplay Jan.-Apr. 1929

Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): Madge Bellamy, Estelle Taylor, Marion Davies, and “It Girl” Clara Bow.

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Photoplay Dec. 1928- Janet Gaynor

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  • Photoplay’s December cover girl Janet Gaynor was on a roll when it came to roles. In 1929 she’d nab the first Best Actress Oscar for three of them: 7th Heaven and Sunrise–both 1927–and 1928’s Street Angel.

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Photoplay Sep.-Nov. 1928

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  • Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): Gloria Swanson, Evelyn Brent, and Corinne Griffith.

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Photoplay May-Aug. 1928

  • Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): blondes Greta Garbo, Marion  Davies, Ruth Taylor–and brunette Billie Dove.
  • Garbo and John Gilbert (who “Writes His Own Story” in the June issue) had just appeared together in “Love”, a 1927 film adaptation of Anna Karenina. They’d next co-star in “A Woman of Affairs,” released in late 1928.

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Photoplay Jan.-Apr. 1928

  • Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): Eleanor Boardman, Clara Bow, Mary Philbin, Esther Ralston.
  • Hats, hats and more hats! The trend continues…

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Photoplay Sep.-Dec. 1927

  • Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): May Allison, Dolores Costello,  Jetta Goudal and–did you recognize December’s cover girl? I didn’t. It’s none other than Joan Crawford.
  • All these actresses sport the latest in fashionable hats–mostly cloches, it seems–except for Joan, who bucks the trend by going sans chapeau.

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Who’s That Girl?

Louise Brooks on the cover of Picture Play (August 1927)…sans her famous bangs.Picture Play 1927 Louise Brooks

The more familiar Brooks look, with her trademark bob, on the October 1926 issue of Motion Picture Classic.Louise Brooks

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Photoplay May-Aug. 1927: Back to Basics

  • Cover girls (l.-r., in order of appearance): Mae Murray, Mary Brian, Norma Talmadge, Olive Borden.
  • As you can see, the cover format has reverted to the close-up portrait.

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