Smoking Femme Fatale Gail Patrick Vintage Large Format Art Deco Photograph 1935

Smoking Femme Fatale Gail Patrick Vintage Large Format Art Deco Photograph 1935

Smoking Femme Fatale Gail Patrick Vintage Large Format Art Deco Photograph 1935

Smoking Femme Fatale Gail Patrick Vintage Large Format Art Deco Photograph 1935

We are honored to be your one-stop, 5-star source for vintage pin-up, pulp magazines, original illustration art, decorative collectibles and ephemera with a wide and always changed assortment of antique and vintage items from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Mid-Century Modern eras. All items are 100% guaranteed to be original, vintage, and as described. All sell no reserve! ITEM: This is a large format, vintage and original, c. 1935 silver gelatin photograph by one of Hollywood’s premiere glamour photographers Eugene Robert Richee. This exquisite art deco portrait captures the vixenish femme fatale side of actress Gail Patrick as her gimlet lidded come-hither eyes and vampy dark lips are illuminated from the shadowy depths of the composition. A lit cigarette adds to the smoldering glamour of this Hollywood Regency portrait for Paramount Pictures. Measures 10″ x 13″ with margins on a glossy single weight paper stock. Paramount ink stamps, date stamp, and pencil notations to verso. Please use the included images as a conditional guide. Cold, calculating and hard-as-nails is probably the best definition of Gail Patrick’s femmes on the 30s and 40s silver screen, and the actress herself was no softie in real life. The tall, slender, patrician beauty was born with the equally stately-sounding name Margaret LaVelle Fitzpatrick in Birmingham, Alabama, on June 20, 1911. She received a B. And was a dean of women at her alma mater, Howard College, for a time. She was studying pre-law at the University of Alabama at the time she, by happenstance, became a finalist in a nationwide contest for a Paramount film role (which she did not get). After the usual grooming in bit parts, Gail moved stealthily up the ladder to featured roles in a wide assortment of genres including the fantasy Death Takes a Holiday (1934), the melodramatic thriller The Crime of Helen Stanley (1934), the musical Mississippi (1935) and the easy comedy Early to Bed (1936). Just as quickly she began essaying the occasional co-star or leading lady — that of a woman lawyer in Disbarred (1939) and a romantic diversion in the Zane Grey western adaptations of Wagon Wheels (1934) and Wanderer of the Wasteland (1935). She was most identified, however, in manipulative second leads while usually tangling with the star femme as the “other woman, ” haughty socialite or scheming villainess. Gail participated grandly in three well-known film classics. In the screwball comedy My Man Godfrey (1936), she was at odds with Carole Lombard as a spoiled, treacherous sister; in Stage Door (1937), she engaged in some marvelous cat fights with Ginger Rogers as a cynical wannabe actress, and in My Favorite Wife (1940) she played Cary Grant’s exacting second wife who must contend with the reappearance of his first, supposedly dead wife Irene Dunne. Gail exuded wit, confidence, assertiveness and elegance in all her characters, nothing less, and her male co-stars were the sturdiest assortment Hollywood could offer — Bing Crosby, Randolph Scott, Richard Dix, John Howard, Preston Foster, Dean Jagger and George Sanders. In 1947, she did an abrupt about-face and left her highly respectable career following her third marriage. The courtroom “whodunnit” was a long and highly successful run. She and Jackson divorced in 1969, and one of her few failures in life was in her attempt to revive the series with The New Perry Mason (1973) in 1973, but Monte Markham was a mighty pale comparison to Raymond Burr in the title role and the show quickly tanked. Divorced three times, she and Mr. Jackson had two adopted children. She was married to fourth husband John Velde Jr. At the time of her death in 1980 of leukemia. IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh Eugene (sometimes also just called Gene) Robert Richee was born August 21, 1896 in Denver, Colorado. Richee began his career in the silent movie era. He got his job at Paramount in the late teens through his friend Clarence Sinclair Bull. He started shooting stars while Donald Biddle Keyes was taking portraits in the gallery. When Keyes left Paramount, Richee took over, and for two decades he photographed the studio’s stars including Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino, Claudette Colbert, Fredrick March, the Marx Brothers and Carole Lombard. Lombard so admired his work with Dietrich that she started posing in some of the same ways to get that’glamour mysterious’ look. Richee was the perfect technician for Joseph Von Sternberg, who controlled Dietrich’s career. All sittings were supervised by von Sternberg for the lighting setups, and directed the action just as he did on the studio floor. When Dietrich’s collaboration with Von Sternberg ended, Richee continued to take her portraits, which retained the look of the von Sternberg originals. It could be said that Richee learned plenty from the great director that he used for many of his own stills. He took portrait photographs of stars on the sets of some of Paramount Pictures most well known classics. As his talent became more and more prevalent, he was put in charge of the main portrait gallery at Paramount. He worked with a talented coterie of associates including William Walling and Don English. Richee remains the least examined among the top Hollywood photographers although he was one of the finest–one needs to look no further than his sensational portraits of Paramount stars like Anna Mae Wong, Clara Bow, and Marlene Dietrich among others. From 1925 to 1935 took many photographs of Louise Brooks. Perhaps Richee’s most famous work is a 1928 portrait of Louise Brooks wearing a long string of pearls. Few photos capture better the zeitgeist of the Roaring’20s. Simplicity is the hallmark of this photograph, along with masterful composition. Brooks stands, face in profile and wearing a long-sleeved black dress, against a black background, her face hands and pearls along illuminated. Her bob, with its razor-sharp line across the white skin of her jaw, was widely copied and became one of the last century’s most potent fashion statements. Brook’s career had intermittent highs and lows, but she was one of Hollywood’s great portrait subjects and was never better served than by Richee. Even a tireless researcher like Kobal had difficulty uncovering biographical information about Richee, and it is only after Kobal’s death that a few details have emerged about Richee’s life including his 1896 birth in Colorado. He started at Paramount in 1921 and stayed there twenty years, after which he took a job at Warner Brothers. Richee died in 1972, just before Kobal began exploring seriously the careers of Hollywood portrait photographers. Like Ruth Harriet Louise, Richee left scant biographical information behind but, again like Louise, he left a corpus of extraordinary work that may be seen as emblematic of the best of Hollywood photography. Richee was an inventive photographer and when working with starlets he sometime incorporated props made of plastic, glass or even mirrors, giving his prints a sparkling reflective quality. Portraits of the top stars always had a sheen that was consistent with the studio’s image of smart sophistication. When he photographed Clara Bow, the studio’s number one sexpot took on a polished veneer. Richee has the distinction of being the first photographer to record Veronica Lake and her distinctive blonde locks in his portraits for’I Wanted Wings’ (1940), the film that brought her worldwide fame. Gary Cooper had made more than thirty films over five years when he was cast in 1930 as Dietrich’s first Paramount co-star in’Morocco’ (1930). He was the first male Hollywood star to bridge the opposing forces of masculinity and beauty. Plenty of handsome men had great careers before Cooper, but none so perfectly fused with what had always been considered opposites. Richee photographed him extensively, beginning when he was a touch too beautiful for a young man, and followed his transformation to the exemplar of male virility. According to Bob Coburn, who worked principally at Columbia, Cooper was’embarrassed a little bit at constantly being photographed. He preferred to be in movement in front of the camera. At the top of his game and for unknown reasons, Richee left Paramount in 1941 to go to Warner Brothers. Whitey’ Schafer, who had been in the top position at Columbia, replaced Richee. This change indicated that Paramount’s image was shifting away from the opulent glamour that had typified publicity material released during the two previous decades. Richee later worked for MGM and Warner Brothers. In his role, Richee became the premiere photographer of stars such as Dorothy Lamour, Jean Arthur, Mae West, Gary Cooper, and Fay Wray, William Powell, Irene Dunne, Veronica Lake, Fredrick March, Nancy Carroll, Gloria Swanson, and Carole Lombard. Some stars became so accustomed to Richee they wanted only to work with him. Miriam Hopkins was one of them. It was said she was quite curt and frigidity when Richee was working elsewhere and she had to be photographed instead by William Walling. Walling says: She was being difficult from the moment she arrived, because Richee was not there. Oddly enough, Dietrich herself was much more pleasant when she found out that Richee was on vacation and she would have to be photographed by Walling. Of course, Von Sternberg was with her. Virgil Apger, Richee’s assistant (and brother-in-law) developed Richee’s negatives, worked on with the dryers, and made prints. He recalled: Gene never left a sitting with fewer than a hundred negatives, which had to be retouched and printed. Retouching was the norm by then for all photographers in Hollywood. Richee passed away on April 21, 1972 in Orange County, California. He was survived by his wife, Levaughn Larson. Biography From: VintageMovieStarPhotos (dot) blogspot (dot) com. The item “Smoking Femme Fatale Gail Patrick Vintage Large Format Art Deco Photograph 1935″ is in sale since Friday, July 29, 2016. This item is in the category “Entertainment Memorabilia\Movie Memorabilia\Photographs\Pre-1940\Black & White”. The seller is “grapefruitmoongallery” and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This item can be shipped worldwide.
  • Size: 10″ x 13″
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: United States

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