Saturday, July 30, 2016

100 Days of Old Movies: The Finale!

I've put all of my 100 Days of Old Movies illustrations together in one image. Look at them all!

I've numbered them all for easy reference:

1&2: Romeo & Juliet (Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard)
3&4: Kiss Me Kate (Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel)
5&6: The Taming of the Shrew (Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton)
7&8: The Divorce of Lady X (Merle Oberon and Laurence Olivier)
9&10: Key Largo (Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart)
11&12: Romance on the High Seas (Doris Day and Jack Carson)
13&14: Spellbound (Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck)
15&16: It Happened One Night (Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert)
17&18: The Court Jester (Danny Kaye and Glynis Johns)
19&20: Britannia Mews (Maureen O'Hara and Dana Andrews)
21: The Little Princess (Shirley Temple)
22, 23&24: Two Girls and a Sailor (June Allyson, Gloria deHaven and Van Johnson)
25&26: The Scarlet Pimpernel (Merle Oberon and Leslie Howard)
27&28: The Gay Divorcee (Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers)
29&30: Footlight Parade (James Cagney and Joan Blondell)
31: Smart Woman (Mary Astor)
32, 33&34: Anchors Aweigh (Gene Kelly, Kathryn Grayson and Frank Sinatra)
35&36: My Man Godfrey (William Powell and Carole Lombard)
37&38: Easter Parade (Fred Astaire and Judy Garland)
39&40: The Glass Slipper (Leslie Caron and Michael Wilding)
41: Miranda (Glynis Johns)
42&43: Love Affair (Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer)
44, 45&46: Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden)
47&48: Broadway Melody of 1936 (Eleanor Powell and Robert Taylor)
49&50: The Thin Man (William Powell and Myrna Loy (and Asta/Skippy))
51&52: 42nd Street (Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell)
53&54: 7 Brides for Seven Brothers (Jane Powell and Howard Keel)
55&56: The Awful Truth (Irene Dunne and Cary Grant (and Asta/Skippy)
57&58: Pride and Prejudice (Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier)
59&60: You Were Never Lovelier (Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth)
61&62: The Slipper and the Rose (Richard Chaimberlain and Gemma Craven)
63, 64&65: Singin' in the Rain (Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor)
66&67: Gilda (Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford)
68&69: Gigi (Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan)
70, 71&72: The Philadelphia Story (Kathrine Hepburn, Cary Grany and James Stewart)
73&74: Neptune's Daughter (Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban)
75&76: Ball of Fire (Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper)
77&78: La Belle et la Bete (Josette Day and Jean Marais)
79&80: The Bamboo Blonde (Frances Langford and Michael Wade)
81&82: Beauty for the Asking (Lucille Ball and Freida Insecort) 
83, 84, 85&86: White Christmas (Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Vera Ellen and Rosemary Clooney)
87&88: Hatari! (John Wayne and Elsa Martinelli)
89, 90&91: It Started with Eve (Deanna Durbin, Robert Cummings and Charles Laughton)
92, 83&94: How to Marry a Millionaire (Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable)
95&96: Maytime (Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy)
98&99: Gaslight (Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer)
99&100: Two Sisters From Boston (Kathryn Grayson, Jimmy Durante, June Allyson and Peter Lawford)

I made sure I didn't feature any screen couple more than once, but a number of people feature several times. Kathryn Grayson appears the most, at three times, followed by Leslie Howard, Howard Keel, Merle Oberon, Laurence Olivier, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Glynis Johns, Danny Kaye, June Allyson, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, William Powell, Leslie Caron, Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Cary Grant, Rita Hayworth and Ingrid Bergman, all with two appearances. All in all I depicted 81 different actors and actresses, 102 in total. 

A big criterion that I used when picking which movies to feature was the costumes (as well as trying to have a good spread of actors and actresses). Many excellent movies from the 30s and 40s involve men in suits. That includes the entire noir genre, for example, but I didn't want all the guys I drew to be wearing suits so I gave preference to films set in historical times, or musicals with wacky costumes. I think I only drew about 15 standard everyday suits. I also wanted a nice mix of well-known movies, and lesser-known ones, such as B-movies

47 films were depicted, 21 of them were musicals, 17 were drama and 9 were comedy. I had movies from 25 different years of the 20th century, and my most popular year was 1948, with four movies. 15 of the movies were from the 1930s , 17 were from the 1940s, 10 were from the 1950s, two were from the 1960s and one was from the 1970s. The earliest movie was Smart Woman in 1931 and the latest was The Slipper and the Rose in 1976.

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