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Window Into the ’50s

Old Super 8 home movie footage is so fascinating, especially when it covers Old Hollywood. That in mind, let’s check out some remarkable video I stumbled across on YouTube. The first half of this silent color footage is of Fred MacMurray and a chic Barbra Stanwyck filming Douglas Sirk’s 1956 melodrama There’s Always Tomorrow in Apple Valley, California. The second half is of Ann Blyth’s wedding day, which according to her IMDb bio happened in June 1953. In the final bit of footage, a parade of well-dressed famous folk appear (at Ann’s wedding?) which include Jeanne Crain, Danny Thomas, Irene Dunne and Jack Benny. Who filmed this, and where did it come from?

6 Thoughts on “Window Into the ’50s

  1. Brad In Worcester on February 5, 2011 at 9:54 am said:

    Marvelous find.
    I’m struck by three things in particular, Matt.

    First, how Famous People today seem to run towards the cameras, in contrast to yesterday’s Famous People who walk through, nod and give a tight smile, but keep on going with intent. Being photographed and “consumed” was part of the job, but not the job itself, a la something like he Kardashians today.

    Second, those bee-yoo-ti-ful streamliney Norman Bel Geddesey autos and trucks!
    Soooo slick.

    Last, how hip ol’ Fred MacMurray looks in that slouch hat and jacket. I always thought of him as perfunctory and boring (although he was mostly amazing in “Double Indemnity”…) but he looked pretty sharp, even with out sound.

  2. I was thinking perhaps the person who filmed this was either inside the film industry or the wife/girlfriend of someone close to the industry – the stars seem awfully casual here!

  3. Cristiane on February 6, 2011 at 9:09 am said:

    Great footage. I could recognize all the celebs in the Ann Blythe footage except the young woman after Jeanne Crain – anybody know who she is?

  4. I think the young lady after Jeanne Crain looks a little like Terry Moore. I’m not sure if it is.

    Thanks for posting this.

  5. It has to be Terry Moore. What about the blonde who looks like January Jones in Mad Men?

  6. Cristiane on February 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm said:

    If you’re talking about the last young lady in the wedding reception sequence, that’s Piper Laurie. Long way from the Beverly Hills Hotel to Twin Peaks (with a stop along the way to be amply punctured in Carrie).

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