Monday, May 25, 2015

Trent as Major E. Laine



This outfit from 2005's Decade of Dreams convention is called Major E. Laine and was released with a doll in a limited edition of 250. Modeled by Jamieshow's Trent, he is ready for service!



From the story card:

Ah, 1951! That was the year I had the privilege of starring once more with my dearest Gene Marshall in I’ll Take Manhattan. It was a fun film where I got to romance Gene as Major Eric Laine.



“Major E. Laine” was one of my favorite roles of my post-war pictures. Audiences flocked to the theater to see not only whether “Honey” would conquer the fashion world up against “Lotta”—but to see her up against the Major in those romantic scenes I’m so terribly good in.



In addition, this movie contains one of my favorite “in-jokes” of all time. I’m sure you’ll all agree! You see, in a flashback sequence, heroine “Honey” meets up with Major E. Laine, an old family friend, during the war. After a bit of small talk, she notices the back of his flight jacket, which is emblazoned with a pin-up picture of a beautiful maiden and the words, “Our Gal, Gene!”



“Who’s that?” a wide-eyed “Honey” asks.

“Our ‘mascot’! You know—that beautiful actress, Gene Marshall.”

“Never heard of her,” “Honey” replies.



And the dead-pan look on her face made usually “One-Take” me break up so much we had to do TEN takes before I could get it right!


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Sunday, May 24, 2015

All Glammed Up: 20 Years of Gene



Last night in Chicago, the 20th Anniversary Gene Marshall doll was unveiled and she's a stunner. Black Lipstick was unveiled with a black and white video; when the video went to color, and the doll stayed in the same unsaturated tones, the gasps from the audience revealed that she was indeed a Gray Lady! The last Gray Lady Gene was released in 2007, and she is a highly coveted doll, often fetching thousands of dollars when she comes up for sale (which is rare). The first photo is by George Gonzalez.

In honor of Gene's birthday, I did a little photo session using J'Adore, wearing a wig cap styled by Kathy Johnson. She is dressed in the Ivy Jordan Integrity outfit from 2009, "All Glammed Up."



Based on a Jean Louis outfit worn by Joan Crawford in 1955's "Queen Bee," it is truly a dress for drama.









Here are some of the other gems from the "Le Jazz Hot" Jamieshow Convention with photos by George Gonzalez. A nod to Lauren Bacall:



Wearing a lavender version of the same gown:



Madra:



Trent in gray:



Violet:



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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Happy Birthday, Gene Marshall!



Gene's birthday was April 17; although I am late to the party, hopefully readers will not care! Here's J'Adore Gene, arriving at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans for her gala celebration, wearing a Chris Stoeckel gray suit. Below is an official portrait taken at the hotel before she changed into her gown for the festivities.



Decked out in Toast at Twelve, Gene (with hair by Kathy Johnson) is a knockout!



Closing out the post are two more official birthday photos; she was given a special orchid corsage for the occasion!



Dripping in diamonds, wrapped in fur…what a wonderful birthday!



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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Fall Preview: Wearing of the Green



Gene gets ready for a St. Patrick's Day celebration, wearing Sandra Stillwell's Fall Preview fashion. This rich green outfit was part of Sandra's 2014 Toast of Manhattan Convention.



I tried hard to resist purchasing any of the fabulous outfits Sandra posted on her site, but this one, based on a 1950s Modes Royal design, won me over.



For today's last image, Gene switches out the Fall Preview hat for her J'Adore chapeau:



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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Gene 20th Anniversary Convention



Yesterday it was announced that there would be a 20th Anniversary of Gene Marshall's release with a grand celebration at the Warwick Allerton Hotel in Chicago, May 22-24, 2015. The Gene community has been wondering for months if there would be any kind of acknowledgement of this momentous occasion.



Not only acknowledgement, but so far it has been announced that there will be an official 20th Anniversary Release of Miss Marshall by Jamieshow; I cannot wait to see what she looks like!



This party would not be complete without the man who started it all, Mel Odom; naturally he will be there as well. To register today, go to the Convention site.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

More Tonner GWTW



Today, the Tonner Doll Company released some preview images of their upcoming 2015 Mainline Collection. The ones I was most interested in were the two "Gone with the Wind" dolls. And then I saw the photos. The doll titled "I'll Never Be Hungry Again" is a rehash of the Franklin Mint Muslin Battlefield doll, which now fetches very good prices on ebay.



On the Tonner version, the pattern of the dress is out of scale as well as the size of the dress itself. Just too much darn fabric. This seems to be a consistent issue with most of the Scarlett releases I have seen from Tonner.



The doll used in the preview photos looks as if it is wearing a wig, despite the fact that the description says it has rooted hair. Wig or rooted, it is ghastly.



Here's what the dress looks like in the movie:



…and how the Franklin Mint interpreted it.



A+ for Franklin Mint for scale as well as matching the pattern. D+ for Tonner. No thanks; I'll save my $200 for this limited edition of 500.

Next up is "Shanty Town," also a limited edition of 500, but this one goes for $215.



The doll and hair look MUCH better; the dress isn't bad, either.



Until you look at the detailed shots, showing the faux buttons that serve no purpose:



Compare with FM's version, with buttons that actually fasten the top together.





This time, the Tonner Doll wins, but once again, FM walks away with the best outfit.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Smart Set



Here's yet another outfit that I can't believe it has taken me so long to photograph! Doug James' Smart Set is a circa 1948 sheath and jacket released in 1998. The shoes and earrings shown here are not original to this outfit. The mini painting by Mel Odom DID come with the set; what a cool accessory!



Gene holds it up so that you can get a better look at it:



In this photo, Gene is holding an Eight Ball; what do you think it tells her about her future?



Reminiscing about her childhood, Gene pulls out her Shirley Temple doll, Viewmaster set, and a Barbie board game. Those were the days!





The hat that comes with Smart Set is a cute black felt number with a white felt feather. Unfortunately, it's a bit big for Gene's scale. I shrunk it with Photoshop to make it look more appropriate.



From the story card:

In the darkly atmospheric suspense thriller Montage, Gene Marshall led spellbound audiences into the labyrinthine coils of the European art world--a coterie of sinister forgers, cunning thieves, and murderers, where nothing is what it seems and no one can be trusted.

Filmed on location in Rome, Gene plays the lovely, innocent daughter of a renowned painter, enjoying the sophisticated roundelay of society balls, galleries, and art salons of Europe's cultured intelligentsia. Her carefree life takes a sudden and frightening turn when her father mysteriously vanishes without a trace. Gene is convinced the key to his disappearance lies in the haunting, surreal portrait he painted days before--a portrait that someone is willing to murder for.

Audiences will never forget the terrifying moments when Gene, clutching her father's enigmatic painting, fearfully hurries down the shadowy, twisting streets of old Rome, stalked by a menacing figure in a black trench coat. The vivid red of her fitted sheath suit and pleated bolero jacket seems to flash a warning as the camera captures every hair-raising moment of suspense during this unnerving, deadly game of cat-and-mouse among the dark colonnaded piazzas of Rome.

By the end of the film, the killer is revealed, the father is safe, and Gene's suit was copied for the fashion runways of Paris as "Smart Set".




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