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Classic Portraits Collection

European and American Movie Star Portraits from the 20s, 30s, and 40s.

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386 Items

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Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Ursula Jeans in Thornton Freelands Over The Moon (1937)

Ursula Jeans in Thornton Freelands Over The Moon (1937)
Ursula Jeans

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: James Cagney in Michael Curtizs Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)

James Cagney in Michael Curtizs Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)
James Cagney as Rocky Sullivan

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in James W Hornes Beau Hunks (1931)

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in James W Hornes Beau Hunks (1931)
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Beau Hunks (1931)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Alfred Gouldings A Chump at Oxford (1939)

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Alfred Gouldings A Chump at Oxford (1939)
Laurel & Hardy

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Lon Chaney in George Waggners The Wolf Man (1941)

Lon Chaney in George Waggners The Wolf Man (1941)
Lon Chaney

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in Mark Sandrichs The Gay Divorcee (1934)

Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in Mark Sandrichs The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in The Gay Divorcee (1934)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Harpo Marx, Lucille Ball, Chico Marx, Ann Miller, and Groucho Marx in William Seiters Room Service

Harpo Marx, Lucille Ball, Chico Marx, Ann Miller, and Groucho Marx in William Seiters Room Service (1938)
Harpo Marx, Lucille Ball, Chico Marx, Ann Miller, and Groucho Marx

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Belle Chrystall and Niall MacGinnis in Michael Powells The Edge of the World (1938)

Belle Chrystall and Niall MacGinnis in Michael Powells The Edge of the World (1938)
Belle Chrystall and Niall MacGinnis

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Irene Dunne and Cary Grant in Leo McCareys The Awful Truth (1937)

Irene Dunne and Cary Grant in Leo McCareys The Awful Truth (1937)
Irene Dunne and Cary Grant in The Awful Truth (1937)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Buster Keaton in The Navigator (1924)

Buster Keaton in The Navigator (1924)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Clark Gable and Constance Bennett in Robert Z Leonards After Office Hours (1935)

Clark Gable and Constance Bennett in Robert Z Leonards After Office Hours (1935)
Clark Gable and Constance Bennett

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in Howard Hawks Bringing Up Baby (1938)

Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in Howard Hawks Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Lon Chaney in Rupert Julians The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Lon Chaney in Rupert Julians The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Lon Chaney in The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Cary Grant in George Cukors The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Cary Grant in George Cukors The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Cary Grant

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: 1920s Portrait of Barbara La Marr

1920s Portrait of Barbara La Marr
Barbara La Marr

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Mae West in Lowell Shermans She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Mae West in Lowell Shermans She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Mae West in She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Bette Davis in Alfred E Greens Dangerous (1936)

Bette Davis in Alfred E Greens Dangerous (1936)
Bette Davis in Dangerous (1936) AKA HARD LUCK DAME

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Mae West in Leo McCareys Belle of the Nineties (1934)

Mae West in Leo McCareys Belle of the Nineties (1934)
Mae West in Belle of the Nineties (1934) BELLE OF THE NIGHTIES BELLE OF THE 90s IT AIN T NO SIN ST. LOUIS WOMAN BELLE OF NEW ORLEANS

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Harpo Marx in Leo McCareys Duck Soup (1933)

Harpo Marx in Leo McCareys Duck Soup (1933)
Harpo Marx in Duck Soup (1933)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Elsa Lanchester in James Whales Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Elsa Lanchester in James Whales Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Elsa Lanchester in Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Gladys Sylvani photgraphed sometime between 1911 and 1913

Gladys Sylvani photgraphed sometime between 1911 and 1913
Gladys Sylvani

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Dorothy Gish in Herbert Wilcoxs Madame Pompadour (1927)

Dorothy Gish in Herbert Wilcoxs Madame Pompadour (1927)
Dorothy Gish in Madame Pompadour (1927)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Ginger Rogers and James Stewart in George Stevens Vivacious Lady (1938)

Ginger Rogers and James Stewart in George Stevens Vivacious Lady (1938)
Ginger Rogers and James Stewart

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes in Frank Borzages A Farewell to Arms (1932)

Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes in Frank Borzages A Farewell to Arms (1932)
Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes in A Farewell to Arms (1932)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Marlene Dietrich in Josef von Sternbergs The Blue Angel (1930)

Marlene Dietrich in Josef von Sternbergs The Blue Angel (1930)
Marlene Dietrich in The Blue Angel (1930) Der Blaue Engel

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Tom Drake and Judy Garland in Vincente Minnellis Meet Me In St Louis (1944)

Tom Drake and Judy Garland in Vincente Minnellis Meet Me In St Louis (1944)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Lili Damita in Michael Curtizs Das Spielzeug von Paris (Red Heels) (1925)

Lili Damita in Michael Curtizs Das Spielzeug von Paris (Red Heels) (1925)
Lili Damita

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Clark Gable and Jean Harlow in Jack Conways Saratoga (1937)

Clark Gable and Jean Harlow in Jack Conways Saratoga (1937)
Clark Gable and Jean Harlow

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Charles Farrell and Barbara Greene in Lothar Mendes Moonlight Sonata (1937)

Charles Farrell and Barbara Greene in Lothar Mendes Moonlight Sonata (1937)
Charles Farrell and Barbara Greene

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Bette Davis in William Wylers Jezebel (1938)

Bette Davis in William Wylers Jezebel (1938)
Bette Davis

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: George Brent and Bette Davis in Edmund Gouldings Dark Victory (1939)

George Brent and Bette Davis in Edmund Gouldings Dark Victory (1939)
George Brent and Bette Davis

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, and Rosalind Russell in George Cukors The Women (1939)

Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, and Rosalind Russell in George Cukors The Women (1939)
Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, and Rosalind Russell

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Victor Flemings Gone With The Wid (1939)

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in Victor Flemings Gone With The Wid (1939)
Clark Gable as Rhett Butler and Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O Hara

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Bette Davis in Michael Curtizs The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

Bette Davis in Michael Curtizs The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
Bette Davis

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor in Frank Borzages Street Angel (1928)

Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor in Frank Borzages Street Angel (1928)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor in Frank Borzages Street Angel (1928)

Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor in Frank Borzages Street Angel (1928)
Charles Farrell and Janet Gaynor in Street Angel (1928)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Greta Garbo in George Fitzmaurices Mata Hari (1931)

Greta Garbo in George Fitzmaurices Mata Hari (1931)
Greta Garbo in Mata Hari (1931)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in James Parrotts Night Owls (1930)

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in James Parrotts Night Owls (1930)
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Night Owls (1930)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: John Wayne and Marguerite Churchill in Raoul Walshs The Big Trail (1930)

John Wayne and Marguerite Churchill in Raoul Walshs The Big Trail (1930)
John Wayne and Marguerite Churchill in The Big Trail (1930)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Dancers in Lloyd Bacons Footlight Parade (1933)

Dancers in Lloyd Bacons Footlight Parade (1933)
Dancers in Footlight Parade (1933)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Chico Marx and Harpo Marx in Sam Woods A Day at the Races (1937)

Chico Marx and Harpo Marx in Sam Woods A Day at the Races (1937)
Chico Marx and Harpo Marx in A Day at the Races (1937)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Boris Karloff in James Whales Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Boris Karloff in James Whales Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Boris Karloff in Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Ginger Rogers in Mervyn LeRoys The Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Ginger Rogers in Mervyn LeRoys The Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Ginger Rogers in The Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Leslie Howard in Anthony Asquiths Pygmalion (1938)

Leslie Howard in Anthony Asquiths Pygmalion (1938)
Leslie Howard as Henry Higgins

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in George Cukors Sylvia Scarlett (1935)

Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in George Cukors Sylvia Scarlett (1935)
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in Sylvia Scarlett (1935)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, and Jack Haley in Victor Flemings The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, and Jack Haley in Victor Flemings The Wizard Of Oz (1939)

Background imageClassic Portraits Collection: Elsa Lanchester in James Whales Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Elsa Lanchester in James Whales Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Elsa Lanchester in Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

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