Friday, April 29, 2011

Classic TV - The Beverly Hillbillies

Today we post a rare color shot of the cast of the Beverly Hillbillies. This classic TV series is still playing in syndication on cable. It ran from 1962 to 1971 on CBS. From the Wikipedia article. "The Hillbillies themselves were Buddy Ebsen as the widowed patriarch Jed "J.D." Clampett; Irene Ryan as his ornery mother-in-law, Daisy May "Granny" Moses; Donna Douglas as his curvaceous, tom-boy daughter Elly May Clampett; and Max Baer Jr as Jethro, the brawny, half-witted son of his cousin Pearl Bodine."

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dogs in Films Series - Rin Tin Tin

This is one of many shots of Rin Tin Tin in our archives at There is probably no more famous German Shepherd in the world. Actually it was Rin Tin Tin IV who starred in the TV series that ran on ABC from 1954 to 1959. The series starred actor Jim L. Brown as Lt. Rip Masters of the101st cavalry.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Lucille Ball - Young Starlet

In this shot from our archive we see a young starlet publicity shot from the early 1930's. Long before she became famous Lucille Ball through her shows and films.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep (1946)

This portrait from our collection is from a crisp 4X5 chrome. It's one of our favorites. The colors are bright and vibrant and could have been taken yesterday. This was shot during the filming of  "the Big Sleep" in 1946. He played detective Philip Marlowe in the first film of what would become an acclaimed series of detective films. Bogart's co star in the film was his wife Lauren Bacall. This shot was taken during a break in the shooting of the film..

Monday, April 25, 2011

Dogs in Films Series - Sergeant Preston and Yukon King

From our archives comes this neat shot of the early 50's TV series Sergeant Preston of the Yukon and his sidekick Yukon King. Although in the radio series preceding the TV show King was an Alaskan Husky, he was played by an Alaskan Malamute.  Richard Simmons played Sgt. Preston. The series ran on television from 1955 to 1958.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Edition - King of Kings (1961)

Since today is Easter we thought we would put up a thematic photo from our archive at This is a color shot of the scene of the last supper in the film "king of Kings"  in which Jesus (Jeffrey Hunter) with his back to the camera hands out the bread of the Passover meal to his disciples. This photo is interesting both because of the symmetry and the way the Last Supper scene is laid out. The film used to a be rerun staple on television for many years, especially during the Easter season when it would be shown.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Dogs in Films Series - Bullet and Roy Rogers

Roy Rogers is the iconic American cowboy of the post WW II generation and one of the first to move from Movies to Television. His more famous animal companion and co star was of course his horse Trigger. But his light colored German Shepherd Bullet was also a star in his own right having starred in over 100 films. Roy had both animals taxidermied after they died and were at his museum for quite some time before being sold at auction last year. This shot from our collection in our archives at was used in various comic book covers and posters.

Roy Rogers and Bullet.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Dogs in Films Series - Asta in the Thin Man

One of the great film series of all time was the "Thin Man" based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett.
 It starred William Powell and Myrna Loy. One character throughout the series was the dog Asta played by character dog actor Skippy a a Wire-Haired Fox Terrier that appeared on many films during that period. From the archives of comes this wonderful shot featuring Asta and his backup actors :-). Yes it's available as an archival print.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca

Perhaps no film identifies Humphrey Bogart like Casablanca. This 8X10 in camera chrome from our collection was shot during the filming of Casablanca. The image is being seen here for the first time. One of many rare and iconic images in the collection of . This classic pose shows Bogart in his dapper and debonair image...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Charlton Heston, Moses for Passover

This is the first post for our new blog at . It is only fitting since it's Passover to publish an iconic image and one of our rarest images on file. This is a scan from an original 8X10 in camera Kodachrome shot during the filming of the "Ten Commandments". Perhaps one of the greatest biblical films ever made.

As this blog progresses we will try to post an image a day from our inventory of over a million images in our archives..