Saturday, October 18, 2014

College Holiday



In honor of actress Marsha Hunt's 97th birthday (which was yesterday, October 17), I am posting a few shots of Gene Marshall modeling the 2007 "College Holiday" outfit.

Gene is shown at the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, Indiana.



"College Holiday" was a comedy from Paramount released on December 19, 1936. Directed by Frank Tuttle, the film starred Jack Benny, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Martha Raye, and of course, Marsha Hunt.



This summary is from imdb:

Sylvia Smith (played by Hunt) and Dick Winters (Leif Erickson) share a romantic kiss at a dance, but Sylvia is called away before Dick can learn her full name. Sylvia's father is about to lose his California hotel, the Casa Del Mar, thanks to the financial blundering of his new business partner J. Davis Bowster. The mortgage is held by eccentric heiress Carola P. Gaye, whose current fascination is with the ancient Greek-style eugenics championed by Prof. Hercules Dove. Carola plans to use the hotel as the center of her "Body Beauteous" selective mating program. Looking to raise funds with a collegiate musical show, Bowster gathers talent under the pretense of recruiting good-looking young people for Carola's eugenics experiment. Among the group are Dick Winters (still searching for his mystery girl) and Daisy Schloggenheimer (taught to resist male attention with physical force). Under strict orders to prevent any romance between the "guinea pigs", Bowster has great difficulty keeping the boys and the girls away from each other on the train ride back. Dick and Sylvia are reunited at Casa Del Mar, where Prof. Dove's daffy daughter Gracie (called "Calliope") selects the male and female pairs for the experiment. The mismatched lovers are none too pleased to learn about the eugenics program, but they rally together to put on a minstrel show in time to save the hotel for Sylvia and her father.





Happy Birthday, Marsha!

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Gene in Pin-Up



One of my older outfits, yet one that took me years to photograph! Released in 1996, "Pin-Up" is a circa 1944 design by Tim Kennedy. White Hyacinth is the model for the first few photos, and J'Adore was used in the last two shots.



From the story card:

After the impact of Gene Marshall's first pin-up for the war effort, Crimson Sun, the G.I.s demanded, "Give us more!" Now Monolithic Studios has done just that with this all new pin-up poster. And it certainly gives the troops a lot more of Miss Marshall! She appears in a sizzling black teddy and matching negligée that should get every G.I.'s immediate attention. We can already hear the wolf whistles from Corregidor to the coast of France!



Pin-up is Gene's "gift" to the troops! Black laced satin teddy is accented with pink ribbon, including ribbon lacing up the back. Complete with matching lace-trimmed negligée and laced heels. No wonder the G.I.s loved it!

As a film star in the 1940s, like everyone else you are concerned with the country's war effort, and want to do what you can to support the troops stationed overseas in Europe and the Pacific. Quietly and privately, you contribute generously to the War Bond campaign, and to the Red Cross. And when your studio sees a way for you to use your star status to boost the morale of the troops, you agree to go along with the plan.

Thus it is that Gene finds herself in front of the cameras in an outfit more daring than any she has yet worn on the screen, posing for a promotional photo to be released by Monolithic Studios to cheer up "the boys" overseas.

Gene is "dynamite" in a strapless black lace teddy and matching see-through negligée. When she poses with her back to the camera, you can see that the teddy laces up the back with pink ribbon...a small but very sexy detail!



Within weeks this photo has been distributed by the thousands to troops all over the world...and what a stir it causes on all fronts! When G.I.s are interviewed about Gene in Pin-Up, they call her a "dish", and a "gorgeous dame", and get all dreamy-eyed thinking of their own wives and girlfriends back home. So it is that Gene's photo becomes the inspiration for thousands of love letters sent back from overseas.



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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tonner Sewing Circle



For their 2014 Fall Release, the Tonner Doll company has added another Scarlett O'Hara to their "Gone with the Wind" collection. Once again, my wallet is breathing a heavy sigh of relief. Based on the outfit Scarlett wore in the sewing circle scene, it is very plain.



I am really curious if Tonner sells many of these; are doll collectors that crazy about having each doll/outfit to fork over $200?



Franklin Mint created this outfit for their vinyl doll line many years ago. In comparison to Tonner's, the fabrics seem more appropriate and this outfit also included a little embroidery hoop. Very nice touch.



A screen shot from the actual movie scene:



A publicity still:



with a detailed view of Vivien Leigh wearing the Sewing Circle outfit. Neither Tonner or the Franklin Mint chose to include the shawl that Scarlett had in this scene.



There are so many other interesting outfits that Scarlett wore in the movie that I can't figure out why Tonner chose this one, other than because it would be easy to manufacture.

If interested in finding out more about this doll, visit the Tonner website at: http://www.tonnerdoll.com/gone-wind/sewing-circle

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Friday, August 22, 2014

It's Magic: Gene Marshall goes to Disneyland, 1961



Released in 2005 at the Modern Doll Collectors Convention held in Anaheim, California, October 20-22, the story behind this Gene Marshall doll was that she was visiting Disneyland in 1961. The limited edition of 150 was something that I really wanted for my collection, mainly because of the backstory. The doll (shown in photo #1) was auctioned off, but the outfit and accessories stayed. I wasn't crazy about the paint job. The dark eyebrows just seemed a bit severe. For this post, Derby Dreams (overwhelmingly the polled favorite on Studio Commissary) stands in for the original doll. Gene begins her 1961 trip to Anaheim by lounging at the Disneyland Hotel pool in an outfit created by Diane Wagner:



What follows has been adapted from the original story card to accompany these vintage Disneyland photos:



What luck! Gene was one of the fortunate VIPs to receive a Gold Pass to Disneyland for 1961!



She'd been a Disney fan since she got her first Snow White doll when she was about 15 (and the whole set of seven little Dwarfs — 11-inch stuffed dolls with painted faces and velvet costumes.) How fortunate to run into Mickey Mouse himself at the gate!



So, with her Gold Pass and friend and co-worker Madra Lord in tow (who graciously shot all of these photos), Gene hit the park!



The obligatory shot with the Sleeping Beauty Castle in the background:



exploring the newly opened Snow White Grotto with its marble figures straight from Italy:



twirling in the Mad Tea Party Tea Cups (that made Madra a little queasy!):



Gene and Madra enjoyed a little snack on the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant in Fantasyland:



She got to pose with Peg-Leg Pete the Pirate:



At the nearby Skull Rock Cove waterfall:



What fun she had on the Matterhorn:



Getting ready to travel through "liquid space" on the Submarine attraction:



At mid-afternoon, Gene made a quick personal appearance in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.



As the dusk set in and Tinker Bell made her flight from the Matterhorn to Sleeping Beauty Castle during the fireworks show, the lights flickered on across the park. Gene took time out to change into a lovely gown, befitting a fairy-tale princess. Here's the publicity shot of Gene in her outfit:



Looking magical:



Waving to guests below from the Castle balcony:



Gene gathered an exhausted Madra and started to leave. But before she could get through the gate, she got a special farewell from Mickey himself.


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

I Wish I Was In Manhattan...



As a salute to what appears to have been a resounding success, today's post is in honor of Sandra Stillwell's latest convention, Toast of Manhattan. You must check out her blog to see all of the amazing photo. In the meantime, here are a few photos of Gene modeling Tea Time at the Plaza while enjoying afternoon tea at the Palm Court inside New York City's famed Plaza Hotel.



This circa 1943 outfit was designed by Lynne Day and released in 1999.



Here's my shot BEFORE I added a little Photoshop magic to transport Gene into the Plaza Hotel.



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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Postcards from Cannes revisited



The last time I shot the Madra Lord outfit, Postcards from Cannes, was almost four years ago. I can't say I was really happy with the results. This time, I used J'Adore Gene with a few of the wig caps from Jamieshow and the photos turned out much better.



The fan is borrowed from one of Gene's Ashton Drake outfits.



All of the posing made Gene thirsty for a cocktail.



Saved my favorite for last:



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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Oona and Marlena



Amid much speculation, George Gonzalez & Mel Odom released the latest doll in the Gene Marshall series, heralding the return of Oona! The blonde lass was an absolute hit, with her limited edition of 100 selling out immediately.



Titled "Cool Breeze in Vegas," it is still possible to get on a waitlist here: http://www.jamieshow.us/IFDC-Exclusive-Mel-Odoms-Oona-Doll-Cool-Breeze-in-Vegas_p_447.html



Her accessories include a bright red trio of pumps, purse, and scarf:



A sneak peek at her violet eyes caused many to guess that the new release would be Zita Charles instead.



George also released this absolutely stunning doll named Marlena. With more than a nod to the legendary Marlene Dietrich, she is a showstopper.



With an even lower edition of 50, she too has sold out.



The name of this release is "Toast of Tinsel Town."



I do not believe she is even available for wait list anymore.



As they say, "you snooze, you lose."





Still crossing my fingers for a Trent release.

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