Starlit Days: Hollywood in Technicolor, 1935

As a big fan of 2 and 3 strip Technicolor, this film clip is a particularly sweet treat. On this perfectly lovely, frolicking day in 1935, Hollywood filmdom is captured in the sort of dreamy colors that only 3-strip Technicolor can produce. The novelty acts are a real kick, some of the costumes are thoroughly outrageous, and the vibe around the Ambassador Hotel’s poolside is one of delightful idleness. Tawdry and pretentious as it is today, there was at least a time when Hollywood had at least some semblance of down-to-earth fun and carefree whimsy. Watch the crowd for Clark Gable, Robert Montgomery and Richard Barthelmess.

p.s.: don’t forget to play the 2nd part!

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Film writer and social media marketing professional. 2019 Social Ambassador for the 10th Annual TCM Classic Film Festival. Previously: social media associate at Warner Archive and script writer for Turner Classic Movies. Working on a Montgomery Clift biography due late 2020.

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