Friday, February 26, 2010

Spring Madness Lobby Card

Joycie and her costars (well, maybe not Maureen O'Sullivan) are all smiles in this tinted lobby card from the 1938 MGM production Spring Madness. Left to right: Jacqueline Wells, Joyce Compton, Lew Ayres, Ann Morriss, Ruth Hussey, and Maureen O'Sullivan.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Joyce Compton Look

This is too funny: blogger and retro style enthusiast Lisa Freemont demonstrates how to restyle your hair exactly like Joyce Compton's in The Awful Truth. Lisa is correct that the combination of bangs and curls was unusual in classic moviedom, and Joyce owned that look. Speaking of bangs, Joyce herself shares an amusing anecdote in her book about clashing with fellow bebanged star Marlene Dietrich when the two were cast in 1941's Manpower. Apparently Miss Dietrich didn't take too well to having another actress with bangs in the picture, but luckily Joyce unruffled Marlene's feathers with her honeyed Southern charm. Enjoy the video, y'all.

Friday, February 12, 2010

More Bedtime Story Publicity

For some reason, I've been coming across a lot of new-to-me photos from JC's 1941 comedy Bedtime Story. Above is another candid shot with Joyce and costar Robert Benchley. Below, we have a publicity photo of Joyce looking great in a tropical print swimsuit (this is a larger version of a pic in the Joyce Compton Shrine Gallery). I don't believe she wears this getup at any time in the film, but I suppose the newspapers and magazines of '41 needed all the cheesecake they could get!