Rogues & Vagabonds

theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013…

Noël Coward’s Rare Home Movie Footage

Selected extracts from nearly 2 hours of home movies shot by Noël Coward and Jeffery Holmesdale (Lord Amherst) 16mm Cinè Film from 1921 to 1935. Source: Noël Coward’s Rare Home … Continue reading


Norma Shearer: The Subtle Magnet | Travalanche

I have a friend — a female friend — who never talks about Norma Shearer (1902-1983) without talking about how ugly and unappealing she finds her. I suppose my friend … Continue reading

08/13/2017 · 2 Comments

Clara Bow in “Call Her Savage” (1932) | FROM THE BYGONE

Hal Phyfe, Clara Bow in “Call Her Savage” directed by John Francis Dillon, 1932… Source: Clara Bow in “Call Her Savage” (1932) | FROM THE BYGONE

06/22/2017 · 6 Comments

The Marx Brothers: The Chico Years | Travalanche

Time once again to celebrate the birthday of Leonard “Chico” Marx (1887-1961). Today seems to me an appropriate time to float a notion I came up with the other day, … Continue reading

03/22/2017 · 2 Comments

Wolfgang Suschitzky obituary | Art and design | The Guardian

Photographer and cinematographer who captured 30s London and shot Get Carter Source: Wolfgang Suschitzky obituary | Art and design | The Guardian

10/07/2016 · Leave a comment

Amazing Vintage Surreal Glamour by photographer Angus McBean | FROM THE BYGONE

Angus McBean (8 June 1904 – 9 June 1990) was a Welsh photographer, set designer and cult figure associated with surrealism. Two figures have prevented McBean from gaining more fame: … Continue reading

08/25/2016 · 3 Comments

Vivien Leigh (1938) | FROM THE BYGONE

Portrait of Vivien Leigh, 1938 Source: Vivien Leigh (1938) | FROM THE BYGONE

06/30/2016 · Leave a comment

vintage everyday: Children fascinated by a circus billboard, ca. 1930s

Children fascinated by a circus billboard, ca. 1930s Silvan Drew Circus Source: vintage everyday: Children fascinated by a circus billboard, ca. 1930s

03/12/2016 · Leave a comment

Vintage Pin Up: Anna May Wong | The Muscleheaded Blog

Photo post. Source: Vintage Pin Up: Anna May Wong | The Muscleheaded Blog

03/11/2016 · 2 Comments

Bringing Up Baby: An Ode | The Blonde at the Film

This is one of my favourite films too. Having said that, the last time I watched it, I found myself being irritated by Hepburn’s high-pitched voice. I’ve seen it many times … Continue reading

03/07/2016 · 2 Comments

Original Costume Sketches for a Production of Pinocchio, 1939 | The Unwritten Record

Broadway. December 23, 1938; the Ritz Theatre in Manhattan. This was opening night for Yasha Frank’s Pinocchio – a children’s play written and produced by Frank as part of the … Continue reading

01/22/2016 · Leave a comment

On this day: the death of Carole Lombard | In Times Gone By…

Carole Lombard, one of the 1930s most significant film actresses, was killed in a plane crash in Nevada, USA on the 16th of January, 1942. She was thirty-three at the … Continue reading

01/16/2016 · 1 Comment

On this day: Ballet in 1937

Originally posted on In Times Gone By…:
Danish ballerina Hélène Kirsova in Petrouchka at the Theatre Royal. Australia, 11th January 1937. Kirsova created Australia’s first professional ballet company. Source

01/10/2016 · 2 Comments

FEATURED: Rapid Film merged with Path’e and Pathé-Natan, was born the country’s leading studio throughout the 1930s | ‘ Ace World History ‘

La Fémis, the French national film school, occupies a space at number 6, rue Francoeur in Montmartre, Paris. The building is a former film studio, naturally enough. It was built … Continue reading

12/17/2015 · Leave a comment

Willkommen, again: “Cabaret” and its renewed relevance.

“Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome…” These words, sung by Joel Grey, open the classic 1972 musical/drama film Cabaret, directed by Bob Fosse, which is based on the 1966 Broadway musical, itself based on … Continue reading

11/25/2015 · 1 Comment

Sylvia Sidney by Edward Steichen (1931)

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Sylvia Sidney by Edward Steichen, 1931 Gelatin silver print Bequest of Edward Steichen by direction of Joanna T. Steichen and George Eastman House, 1982.365 ©…

10/04/2015 · 2 Comments

The “Dress Doctor” Edith Head

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Edith Head (1897 – 1981) was an American costume designer who won a record eight Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, starting with The Heiress…

09/20/2015 · Leave a comment

Leïla Bederkhan – Kurdish Modern Dancer

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Leyla Bedirhan (1903-1986) was born in Istanbul. She was the daughter of a kurdish Prince and his Polish wife. She studied ballet in Germany.…

09/07/2015 · Leave a comment

Marlene Dietrich in New York by Cecil Beaton (1937)

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Cecil Beaton came to New York in 1928. Through personal connections he gained access to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars–including Marlene Dietrich (source). Portrait of Marlene…

08/22/2015 · Leave a comment

San Antonio’s Women in Music, 1920s to 1940s

Originally posted on The Top Shelf:
During this Women’s History Month, we show photographs of some of the local women who contributed to the field of music during the period…

03/17/2015 · Leave a comment

On this day: 1936

Originally posted on In Times Gone By…:
Margot Fonteyn and Robert Helpmann photographed on the 11th of February, 1936. Royal Ballet. Source

02/10/2015 · Leave a comment