PREMIERE OF GRAND HOTEL AT GRAUMAN’S CHINESE – 1932

I remember seeing an item in the Hollywood Reporter a little while ago about the lack of skilled and seasoned producers in the industry. One of the anonymous sources cited a corporate culture at fault for eviscerating art and concentrating on profit. He/she bemoaned the emphasis on product, as if that were a new turn in the filmmaking game… Look for Louis B. Mayer and listen to what he has to say:

Jean Harlow with husband Paul Bern sign the register at the entrance to Grauman’s. Paul Bern, a writer and director at MGM contributed to the script of “Grand Hotel” and would commit suicide not long after this event.

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Edward G. Robinson, Fred Niblo, Joan Crawford, Edmund Goulding, Norma Shearer, and Clark Gable sign – along with Hedda Hopper:

And, Lew Ayres and Lola Lane:

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  1. You are both darling and kind. I found some pictures today of Louis B. giving the ambassador from England (Sir Esme Something) a tour of MGM in 1927 — along with some pics of early sound engineers. I’ll trot them out next week. Hugs to you Mister!!! V

  2. Doesn’t Jean Harlow look fabulous in those clothes? It is sad to think that she had but a relatively short time to live. I’m groggy, but wasn’t there some kind of scandal over Mr Bern’s death?
    Lola Lane is rather marvellous in that couture. Ah, and Lew Ayres: brave enough to be a pacifist in Hollywood.
    Fred Niblo, a name I find childishly amusing. And Louis B., what a funny man! (okay, not “funny” in the accepted sense :))
    Love Grand Hotel (and Dinner at Eight) – Garbo, the Barrymores, young Joan C – who doesn’t?!

  3. Poor Jean Harlow. Gone too soon. I remember looking at her hand and footprints at Grauman’s Chinese, and being amazed at how SMALL they were. Thanks for these images, Vickie—so much Hollywood glam!

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