Photo Gallery: Rare Glimpses of Old Hollywood


Cinephiles will certainly appreciate this gallery of old Hollywood publicity shots, rare photographs, and production stills from the dreamy Old Hollywood Tumblr. It’s a lovely curated collection of soundtrack clips, glamorous images, and interview snippets from Tinseltown’s Golden Age through 1975. Catch a glimpse of how Stanley Kubrick approached the shooting of his 1962 classic, Lolita, and see what a 1929 publicity still looked like (and how much more amazing it was than anything Hollywood churns out today) after the jump. Let us know which images wooed you most.

Rudolf Klein-Rogge in production still from Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang) Photo by Horst von Harbou.

Romy Schneider in archive footage from L’Enfer (1964, dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot)

Catherine Deneuve during the filming of Repulsion (1965, dir. Roman Polanski)

Burgess Meredith on the post-nuclear set of “Time Enough at Last” (1959) [editor’s note: an episode of The Twilight Zone]

Rita Hayworth & Orson Welles in publicity still for The Lady From Shanghai (1947, dir. Orson Welles)

On the Lolita set, Stanley Kubrick cranes his neck behind Sue Lyon’s back to watch James Mason’s performance from the same angle as the camera (1961)

Mia Farrow on the set of Rosemary’s Baby (1968, dir. Roman Polanski)

Louise Brooks in publicity still for Pandora’s Box (1929, dir. G.W. Pabst)

Margaret Hamilton in publicity still for The Wizard of Oz (1939, dir. Victor Fleming) (photo by Virgil Apger)

Federico Fellini on the set of (1963). Photo by Tazio Secchiaroli