Movie-Star Portraits of the Forties

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The Hollywood of the Forties brings many images to mind. Do you remember the most famous pinup of them all? Betty Grable smiling at you all through World War II. The original sweater girl, Lana Turner. Rita Hayworth in all her glory. The stunning and statuesque Ava Gardner. A defiant, scantily clad Jane Russell standing near the hay. Bogart, Garfield, Kirk Douglas, Judy Garland. The brooding Robert Mitchum, the brute power of Burt Lancaster, the alienated Montgomery Clift, the animal menace of Marlon Brando. And perhaps the last of the studio pinups, the fragile and beautiful Marilyn Monroe. These flesh and blood fantasies, and many others, are here — 106 stars in 163 full-page glamour photos by 24 leading Hollywood photographers.
The pictures these photographic artists took span the period from the outbreak of World War II to the Korean conflict of 1951. As John Kobal writes in his informative introduction. "The Forties were the years of Old Hollywood's last stand, though the people concerned didn't know it." In a lively introduction, illustrated by ten pictures of the stars off the set, Mr. Kobal discusses the people and films of the Forties, the importance of these photos and the photographers who took them, and their magical appeal to movie fans. The captions give the year, photographer, studio, the movies that many of the portraits are associated with, and the costume designer. Originally printed in fan magazines, on posters, and in fashion spreads, these portraits are legendary. They are part of almost everyone's past, part of their dreams and fantasies.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; First Edition edition (June 1, 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486235467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486235462
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

Great reference book for artists

 on July 4, 2017
By Amazon Customer
A great reference book for artists or anyone who is a fan of Old Hollywood. This book is full of black and white portraits of the big name stars and some of the not as famous ones too. There is some text in the front of the book for reading, but most of the book is comprised of photos.: head shots and full body portraits too. i just wished there were more photos of Burt Lancaster – there is only one.

Great Photo Reference Book!

 on May 31, 2014
By Paula Owens
I am always on the lookout for photo references to assist me in trying to achieve realism in the portraits I draw. This book has been a tremendous asset for this! The photos are clear and nicely sized. I hope I can find more books like this one.

A great glimpse into the past.

One person found this helpful.
 on September 29, 2015
By Janet M. Buffurine
This book was just what I was looking for. It was for an elderly woman with dementia. She can’t read anymore but loves the memories of the past. This book gives her a lot of happiness. Thanks

Street Rodder’s can relate!

 on September 4, 2014
By Vettman
If you are into styles of the forties and want to see some beautiful photos of actresses and actors of the past , this is a great book.

The book is better than I could have hoped for

 on February 1, 2016
By Jane B.
As a wannabe portrait artist, I bought this to practice on old movie stars. The book is better than I could have hoped for. The photos are wonderful. I love old movies anyhow and this book makes me appreciate them more.

Lot’s of interesting photos.

 on November 27, 2013
By Canadian Soup
This is a great little book! It had lots of interesting photos, many I’d never seen before. I was especially happy to see so many pictures of Rita Hayworth, my favorite 40s siren.

Black and white photos can’t be beat

4 people found this helpful.
 on August 8, 2011
By Margie Riendeau
The beauty of a black and white photo is the lighting on the subject. There is no distraction of color. The dark and light shadows bring out the beautiful features of the subject. The glamour shots of that era brought out a beauty or handsomeness that color cannot duplicate.

Awesome photos in mint condition!

5 people found this helpful.
 on May 13, 2012
By Mary Mahoney
This paperback is certainly worth the money, especially for long-time movie buffs! The pictures are beautiful, and the pages were in pristine condition.

For Vintage Movie Fans

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 3, 2013
By Elaine14
Plenty of photos and great quality!! It also has good descriptions of each picture. Perfect for any classic movie star fan!!

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