A beautiful book by Rudy Miller. The faces are enchanting, and the colorful period fashions are delightful. What little girl (or big girl for that matter) wouldn't love to find this under the Christmas tree? You can order your copy here.
David Wolfe nails the moody glamour that we associate with film noir, and gives us a fine overview of the genre. You never knew which side the noir femme fatale was playing, and that was more than half the fun.
Who can forget Mary Astor's nervous little laugh in The Maltese Falcon, when Bogart tells her she's taking the fall?
Another great scene: How the camera stays on Barbara Stanwyck's face in Double Indemnity, when Fred MacMurray murders her husband from the back seat of a car. I saw the play Billy and Ray a couple of months ago, about how Raymond Chandler and Billy Wilder worked together on the film script to evade the censors and keep the spirit of Chandler's book intact. It was a daring film for its time.
It's hard to believe we won't see Tom Tierney's smiling face at another convention. But he was a prodigious worker, and left a few more paper doll books for us to enjoy. This Edith Head book is just published, and a must for those who love movies, fashion and Tom Tierney stories.
I loved seeing his inimitable style in the pages of this book -- especially the Gloria Swanson face from Sunset Boulevard! His Hedy Lamarr is no slouch, either.
And the liner notes are, well, you can hear Tom's voice in the chatty and informative notes about each design. Do you know what Bette Davis did to adjust her party dress in All About Eve?
Tom Tierney knew.
Next to Bette: Elizabeth Taylor's perfect debutante gown from A Place in the Sun.
Times Square before it was Times Square. Astor Hotel in the far right distance. The Metropole Cafe name lasted into the 1960s, although no doubt with different owners and purposes. As far as I can tell, the ad for Proctors above the Metropole (which might have been a small hotel at this time) is for a restaurant. This postcard has lines of red glitter glued to the front of the Times and Astor buildings, and the Metropole building, too.