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1930s

It was during the 1930s that the 'Golden Age' of Hollywood really began, and when the studio system created and controlled the stars now associated with the period. The introduction of sound-mixing resulted in advanced scripts in a wide range of genres, such as screwball comedies and gangster films, and by the end of the decade the first films were released in Technicolor, most notably Gone with the Wind (1939).

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Clark Gable and Joan Crawford for Dancing Lady
by George Hurrell, 1933

'I'm just a lucky slob from Ohio who happened to be in the right place at the right time'

This MGM romantic musical teamed up two of the most celebrated stars of their day, Gable and Crawford. Following the success of Possessed (1931) they were joined again in Robert Z. Leonard's hit Dancing Lady, the fourth collaboration between the actors, making a total of eight films together. Also starring was Crawford's future husband Franchot Tone, dancer Fred Astaire in his film debut and the singer Nelson Eddy.

This previously unseen photograph by George Hurrell (1904-1992) is part of a series of portraits he took for the film.

photo of Clark Gable and Joan Crawford

Clark Gable and Joan Crawford for Dancing Lady
by George Hurrell, 1933